Ph.D. position in insect physiology at the University of Haifa- Oranim

Ph.D. position in insect physiology at the University of Haifa- Oranim

Job Description


Job Title: Ph.D. position in insect physiology at the University of Haifa- Oranim                 
Accountable to:

Laboratory of Dr. Eran Gefen, Department of Biology 

Responsible for University of Haifa- Oranim    

Location Haïfa, Israël
Overview of University of Haifa- Oranim of University of Haifa- Oranim:

The Department of Biology and Environment in the University of Haifa at Oranim comprises a unique group of research and teaching faculty and staff. The fourteen faculty members have diverse research interests and expertise, from molecular through organismal biology to ecosystem and landscape ecology. Research in the department is often synergistic in nature, and benefits from the various interests of its members.

Furthermore, department members have many fruitful collaborations with researchers both in Israel and abroad. Beyond research and teaching activities, many faculty members are actively engaged in natural resource conservation by serving in scientific advisory boards, conducting various outreach activities, and sharing their expertise with different NGO’s.

As for its educational goals, the department is unique in Israel as it provides its undergraduate students a comprehensive education in biology, combining hands-on experience in the field as well as in the laboratory. The department follows the tradition of Joshua Margolin, the pioneer of natural history studies in Israel, who stated that teaching should be held not only in class but also in the field.

Due to the personal nature of teaching and the extensive resources invested in the students, they graduate with excellent academic skills that enable them to join any graduate program in Israel and in the world, including medical and veterinary schools, as well as any other field of natural sciences.

Overview of the PhD:


 A Ph.D. position is currently available in the laboratory of Dr. Eran Gefen, Department of Biology, University of Haifa- Oranim, Israel. 

We study insect adaptation to environmental hypoxic conditions, using migratory locusts as a model. We study the performance of Locusta migratoria from high-altitude habitats in the Tibetan Plateau (4000 a.s.l.) in comparison with that of sea-level populations from China. The student/s will compare tracheal system structure (microscopy), gas exchange patterns at rest and flight performance under various levels of oxygen availability. 

Preference will be given to highly motivated individuals interested in insect ecophysiology. 

For more details, please contact Dr. Eran Gefen 


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