|| The International Max Planck Research School for Infectious Diseases and Immunology (IMPRS-IDI) is looking to recruit one outstanding PhD student for a project in Dr. Elena Levashina’s research group “Vector Biology” at the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology starting in 2024 in Berlin.
Malaria is the human infectious disease whose causative agent Plasmodium is transmitted between people by mosquito bites. In most areas of West Africa, malaria is seasonal due to the mosquito absence during the dry season. Accordingly, parasite prevalence in human populations is low. In collaboration with our colleagues from University of Bamako, Mali, and the Portugal lab at MPIIB, Berlin, the project will examine the dynamics of mosquito populations and mosquito Plasmodium infections during the interseason transition with the aim to understand mosquito and parasite genetic diversity that drives the establishment of malaria parasite reservoir. The project will use field mosquito time series collections, molecular genotyping and Nanopore sequencing, and data analyses approaches.
We are looking for:
We are seeking creative and highly motivated applicants from all over the world who are truly committed to research. Candidates should have an interest in mosquito biology and malaria parasite transmission dynamics. Applicants must have an excellent M.Sc. or equivalent degree in biology, genetics/genomics, molecular biology, infection biology or a related discipline, knowledge in bioinformatics and statistics is desirable.
• cutting-edge research and training opportunities with access to state-of-the-art facilities
• an excellent scientific network
• a prestigious graduate school program with a project-adapted curriculum (training courses, lectures etc on scientific, technical and complementary skill topics) and a strong PhD student community
• the opportunity for travel to present your work
• a stimulating international and multi-disciplinary research environment on a thriving campus in the heart of Berlin
Interested in joining us?
To apply, please submit your application via our online application platform (https://imprs-app.mpiib-berlin.mpg.de) until November 30th 2023.
For more information on the project and application process, please check the IMPRS-IDI website.
Contact: IMPRS-IDI Coordination Office (email@example.com)