Imperial College London Featured PhD Programmes
Norwich Research Park Featured PhD Programmes
Imperial College London Featured PhD Programmes
FindA University Ltd Featured PhD Programmes
Cardiff University Featured PhD Programmes

The role of physics in the foraging behaviour of leaf-cutter ants, the principal insect pest in the Neotropics

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Monday, August 31, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The Evolutionary Biomechanics Laboratory, led by Dr David Labonte at the Department
of Bioengineering, Imperial College, London, invites applications for
a PhD position, funded for 3.5 years at UKRI rate through a European Research
Council award (fees for EU students only). We are seeking enthusiastic, kind,
open, and curious candidates with a background in biomechanics, mechanical
engineering, physiology, physics, entomology or related fields, and with a Master’s
degree (or equivalent experience) in biological, physical or engineering
sciences.
The multi-disciplinary PhD project will focus on the role of physics in the foraging
behaviour of leaf-cutter ants, the principal insect pest in the Neotropics. The
overall goal is to link the mechanical properties of food sources with foraging
performance, and food source-specific variations in foraging behaviour. The
project will involve both experimental and theoretical approaches, and will be
conducted in close collaboration with other labs in the UK and abroad. The
successful applicant will work in a supportive team, and have the opportunity
to present results at national and international conferences.

Formal applications should contain
(i) a letter of motivation (1 page or less),
(ii) a list of three favourite publications from other research teams (on any
topic, with short justfication for each choice),
(iii) a CV,
(iv) a summary of previous research experience (1/2 page or less),
and contact details for at least two references.

Informal inquiries may be made directly with David.
Applications should be sent directly to David in a single pdf file. The earliest
start date is 01/01/20, and the latest start is 01/10/20; applications are invited
until the position is filled.

Funding Notes

PhD position, funded for 3.5 years at UKRI rate through a European Research
Council award (fees for EU students only).

How good is research at Imperial College London in General Engineering?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 33.50

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

Click here to see the results for all UK universities

Email Now

Insert previous message below for editing? 
You haven’t included a message. Providing a specific message means universities will take your enquiry more seriously and helps them provide the information you need.
Why not add a message here
* required field
Send a copy to me for my own records.

Your enquiry has been emailed successfully





FindAPhD. Copyright 2005-2019
All rights reserved.