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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Stingless Bee Biology and Pollination Services at Western Sydney University

Academic Level: Level A fixed term (3 years) 

The Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University in Sydney, Australia is seeking to appoint two dynamic researchers to join our major research program on “Stingless bees as effective managed pollinators for Australian horticulture”, funded through the Hort Innovation Frontiers scheme.

The successful applicants will conduct research on stingless bee biology, focussing particularly on their husbandry, behaviour and potential as pollinators of selected crops in protected cropping and field situations. Position 1 will focus mainly on glasshouses and annual vegetable crops, using our new on-site research glasshouse and beekeeping facilities. Position 2 will focus more around orchard fruit and nut crops and will include periods of field work at orchards some distance away, including in Australian tropical crop regions. Initial research will involve stingless bee foraging behaviour, pollen transport and pollination effectiveness on different crops, leading to more detailed studies of bee deployment for the most promising cases. There will also be opportunities to develop research on other aspects of stingless bee biology, e.g. detailed studies of their ecology and behaviour, and seasonal floral resource use, directly and/or through co-supervision of students.

Web: www.westernsydney.edu.au/hie

Remuneration Package: Level A $78,602 AUD to $94,963 AUD p.a. plus Superannuation and Leave Loading

Position Enquiries: Prof James Cook, +61 2 4570 1371 or james.cook@westernsydney.edu.au

Closing Date: 13 May 2018

How to Apply: Go to the web site http://uws.nga.net.au/cp/ and scroll to the job reference 753/18. Click on the reference number and follow the instructions at the bottom of the page on ‘How To Apply’.


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