Student assistants wanted

August 20, 2014

Artificial selection in mites

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Parasitic mite development time is a crucial adaptation to the mite hosts. We will conduct an artificial selection experiment to analyse this trait and its correlation with other important mite traits. I am looking for student assistants who will run the experiment. Daily checks of the mite lines will be required, but these can be shared among multiple students.

Please find more information on the mites and our group at


  • mite breeding & selection

  • behavioural experiments

The position:

  • is open now, for up to six months

  • ca. 20-80 hours/month

  • can be developed into a thesis

  • is payed according to the usual scale, depending on your degree (none/BSc/Msc)


  • passion for scientific research

  • ability to work independently and thoroughly

  • you’ll have to work with mites, breeding them can be smelly at times..
  • experiments have to be attended in weekends as well; otherwise, scheduling is up to you

In case you’re interested in the job, please drop me an email via, including a short CV and a letter of motivation.