Why join Russell IPM?
By joining Russell IPM, you will be a part of an organisation that has a strong focus on its people, providing a career path focused on individual as well as organisational growth.
Our recruitment process is focused on not only selecting the highest calibre of candidates, but also those who will thrive in our environment.
Listed below are details of the vacancies currently across our business.
3 Year Industry-led funded PhD project
3 Year Industry-led funded PhD Doctoral project: Developing a sustainable “lure-and-kill” control system for disease-carrying sandflies under the supervision of Lancaster University and an Industry Partner, Russell IPM
About the industry partner:
Russell IPM is one of the leading manufacturers of insect pheromone-based monitoring and control products for the agriculture and pest control markets. The company’s core expertise is pest management founded upon semio-chemical communications among insects. For over 25 years, Russell IPM has been translating science into innovative products. Complete IPM programmes can be devised by combining Russell’s pheromones, traps, biorational pesticides and other natural resources to deliver a safe, effective and environmentally-friendly crop protection and public health pest control solutions. Russell IPM has a strong presence in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world, currently exporting to over 35 countries worldwide.
This doctoral project is about developing a biorational “attract-and-kill” product for controlling sandflies. Leishmaniasis, a fatal or disfiguring parasitic disease of humans and animals in the tropics and sub-tropics, is transmitted by blood-feeding insects. It affects the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged people. There is no vaccine and therapeutic drugs are expensive and have unpleasant side effects. Disease control therefore relies on insecticides but their sporadic use is ineffective and environmentally damaging.
The product will be capable of delivering a reduction in sandfly numbers and consequently, in the cases of human and animal disease. At the same time, the product will reduce the widespread environmental spraying of insecticide and this will deliver significant environmental benefits. The use of insect attractants to monitor and control insects as a part of integrated pest management programs is widespread in the agricultural sector, where they contribute significantly to the reduction or elimination of insecticide use.
Skills and Tasks
Applicants, who should have a degree in chemistry and/or biology, would identify attractants for sand flies from plants, combine them in a controlled release device with insecticide and test them as a “lure-and-kill” device in laboratory and different field experiments.
Application deadline: 21st April 2017
Start date: Summer/Autumn 2017
For more information or to apply for this position, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, please email email@example.com with:
- Reference number: CGE 52
- A CV (2 pages maximum)
- PhD Application Form (http://bit.ly/cgephdap)
- Application Criteria Document (http://bit.ly/cgephdapcr)
- Funded PhD Reference Form (http://bit.ly/cgephdref)
For more information or to apply for this position email firstname.lastname@example.org
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