About the Project
The condition of the mother – her age and nutritional state – can shape the microbial community and immunity of her offspring. How these transgenerational effects change the predictions of hostmicrobe-pathogen interactions is yet to be explored. The student will build on recent modelling work (King & Bonsall 2017, BMC Evol Biol) to incorporate maternal effects into the hostmicrobiome-pathogen system, and how this differs across insect disease vectors. Maternal effects may be particularly important in vectors such as tsetse flies which produce one enormous larva at a time compared to mosquitoes which produce batches of many small eggs.
The project would fit a student with strong quantitative skills and a background in, or demonstrable enthusiasm for, evolutionary ecology and entomology. The student should be willing to live in two different countries (2 years in Bristol, UK, and 1.5 years in Sydney, Australia). Conditions of funding mean the position is available only to UK/EU students and an MSc qualification is desirable. Studentship can start 1 January 2021 or 1 April 2021.
To apply, please email Dr Sinead English ([Email Address Removed]) with a 1-page cover letter describing your suitability and eligibility for the position, a CV (max 2 pages) and contact details for two academic (or other relevant) referees. Video-conference interviews will take place in the week commencing 20 July.
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