Oferta assistente de investigacion (Chironomidae y eDNA) en la universidad de Hong Kong ~ Bioblogia.net

15 de septiembre de 2023

Oferta assistente de investigacion (Chironomidae y eDNA) en la universidad de Hong Kong

The eDNA and eEcology Laboratory (www.seymourlab.net) at The University of Hong Kong is looking for a full-time Research Assistant II. The position is to commence as soon as possible for 6 months, with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance.

The project aims to assess the biodiversity of the largest freshwater insect family (Diptera: Chironomidae) and their link with stream conservation in Hong Kong. The RA will assist in the field surveying of Chironomidae, using both traditional insect sampling methods and novel eDNA sampling methods across stream sampling sites in Hong Kong. The RA will also be responsible for the sorting of the collected field samples, assisting in the identification and barcoding of novel species.

Chironomidae are commonly referred to as the non-biting midges. It is a highly dispersive group in combination with its high species diversity. Chironomids are ecologically critical as they play the role of prey in many food chains. During the larval stage, aquatic habitats such as rivers are strongly preferred. Due to their great abundance and water-related life history, Chironomidae has been an ideal taxon for biomonitoring.

The applicant should possess a bachelor’s degree in ecology, evolutionary biology or another relevant field. Desirable skills include experience in identifying/sorting insects, outdoor field sampling experience. Proficiency in written and spoken English is mandatory. Candidates with a strong sense of responsibility, good organizational skills, a collaborative nature, and those having a valid Hong Kong driving license will be preferred.

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits. The University only accepts online application for the above posts.  Applicants should apply online and upload an up-to-date CV (max 2 pages), letter of intent and contact details for 3 references to Dr. Mathew Seymour (matsey@hku.hk) before 15 October 2023. Assessment of applications will begin as soon as possible.

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