University of Kentucky seeks Assistant or Associate Professor of Horticulture – Vegetable Crops

Title: Assistant or Associate Professor of Horticulture – Vegetable Crops 

Responsibilities:  A twelve-month, tenure-track extension (70%), research (25%), service (5%) position is available in the Department of Horticulture in the College of Agriculture. ( This position will develop a statewide Extension education and applied research program in support of Kentucky’s commercial vegetable industry. The successful candidate will be expected to provide training and support for county extension agents to augment and expand the delivery of support for the commercial vegetable industry. Programs will focus on a wide variety of field‑grown, high tunnel and greenhouse vegetable crops with emphasis on integrated and sustainable production and marketing systems. The program focus for this position will be aided by and responsive to extension council discussions at county, regional and state levels. This position will also provide leadership to interdepartmental and interdisciplinary efforts related to commercial vegetable production and act as the primary linkage between the College of Agriculture and the commercial vegetable industry.  Educational resource material development and publication of applied research results in appropriate outlets including peer reviewed journals are required. The successful candidate will be expected to generate extramural competitive, industrial, and gift support for their program.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in horticulture or plant science with knowledge related to commercial vegetable production is required. The individual should possess the ability to function within a team and to communicate effectively.

Location: University of Kentucky, Lexington Campus, Lexington, Kentucky

Salary and Fringe Benefits: Salary is open and competitive. A 403-B retirement plan and group health and life insurance are available.

Application: Screening of applicants will begin June 15, 2017 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. The position is available August 1, 2017. Candidates should submit a letter of interest (Cover Letter), a curriculum vita (Resume), and the names and contact information for three references. Applications for position number FE00983 must be submitted on line at

Contact: Dr. John Strang, Chair
Search and Screening Committee
Department of Horticulture
N-318 Agricultural Science Bldg. North
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40546-0091
(859) 257-5685

The University of Kentucky is an equal opportunity university. We encourage applications from women, minorities, and all interested and qualified people.  The EEO Coordinator is Tim West, S-105 Agricultural Science North, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546-0091.

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Cornell seeks Tree Fruit and Viticulture Specialists for Dynamic Extension and Research Career

Cornell University Cooperative Extension seeks Tree Fruit and Viticulture Specialists for Dynamic Extension and Research Career 
The Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program is looking for two fruit specialists to work with the dynamic agriculture industry located in the Hudson Valley, the greater Capital District and the Champlain Valley. The Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program covers 17 counties in Eastern NY and conducts applied research and extension education that supports fruit and vegetable producers in the eastern NY region.
The Fruit Specialist is primarily a Tree Fruit specialist and will work with large apple growers in the Champlain Valley and with smaller diversified growers in the Upper Hudson and Mohawk valley area. This individual will work closely with the tree fruit specialist in the Hudson Valley and with CCE colleagues in the Lake Ontario region and faculty at Cornell.
The Fruit Specialist job posting will expire on Friday, June 30th. Please access the application information through these links:
• Cornell Careers:
• Academic Jobs Online (AJO):
Additionally, in response to a rapidly growing wine and grape production industry (see Eastern NY Grape Industry Growth Prompts Marketing Initiatives, Specialist Hiring), the program is for the first time recruiting a full-time viticulture specialist to develop a program serving both established vineyards and wineries in the Hudson Valley and also newer growers with cold-hardy hybrid cultivars in the Albany to Lake Champlain region. Resources for research include plantings at the Hudson Valley Laboratory in Highland, NY and the Willsboro research farm on Lake Champlain.
The Viticulture Specialist job posting will expire on Wednesday, May 31st. The links to that application are:
• AJO:
• Cornell Careers:
For more information, contact Search leader: Laura McDermott,, ENYCHP Team leader

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Ph.D. Assistantship available, Fall 2017, University of Florida

Ph.D. Assistantship Available – Fall 2017 

An assistantship is available starting Fall 2017, to work on a Rhipicephalus sanguineus population dynamics project funded by the CDC Southeastern Regional Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases Gateway Program.  This is a joint project with the Florida Medical Entomology Lab (Lord lab)/ Entomology & Nematology Department (Kaufman Lab) at the University of Florida.   The project will use theoretical and laboratory methods to investigate the consequences of insecticide resistance for population dynamics, population structure and control strategies.  Some background in mathematics, statistics and programming is advantageous.  For more information, contact Cynthia Lord at

Lord lab:—faculty-staff/faculty-profile-c-lord/

Kaufman lab:

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Absinth Wormwood – New Invasive Species in Nebraska Panhandle

Gary Stone – Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension
& Kristi Paul – Sheridan County Weed Superintendent, Nebraska

Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) is a concept to identify potential invasive species prior to or just as the establishment of the invasive is occurring. An integrated pest management plan (IPM) can be developed to manage, contain, and eradicate the invasive species before it can spread further. This will avoid costly, long-term control efforts.

Absinth wormwood is a perennial forb that has been identified in parts of Nebraska. It is considered either a local or state noxious weed in Colorado, South Dakota, and North Dakota.
Absinth Wormwood

  • a.k.a. – American or common wormwood, mugwort, wormwood sage, absinth sage
  • Scientific name: Artemisia absinthium L.
  • Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower)
  • Origin: Europe, Northern Asia and Northern Africa. First reported in North America in the 1840s. Absinth wormwood is found in the Northeast, Midwest and Great Plains of the United States and Canada.


Absinth wormwood is an herbaceous perennial forb. It reproduces and spreads primarily from seed and short roots. Absinth wormwood is a prolific seed producer. Seeds germinate from late spring through early fall and can remain viable in the soil up to four years. Plants form rosettes the first year of growth; in the second year they resume growth in April and May and flower in July and August. Seeds mature in early fall. The plant dies back in the fall and then resumes growth the following spring from new buds and shoots.

Absinth wormwood has a taproot and may have 20 or more erect woody stems. Mature plants may reach a height up to 1.5 meters (5 feet tall). Leaves are light to olive green in color, large and dissected up to 7.6 cm (3 inches) in length. Stems and leaves are covered with fine silky hairs, which give the plant a grayish color. Inconspicuous flowers are small, dull yellow, and each produce a single seed, which is scattered by water, wind, animals, and hay.

Absinth wormwood leaf

Fig. 1. Absinth wormwood leaf (Photo by Kristi Paul)

How It Spreads

Absinth wormwood was intentionally introduced into the United States as an herb in gardens for social and medicinal purposes. By the 1840s, the plant had spread west and north across North America. Absinth wormwood will establish quickly in disturbed areas and over-grazed sites and can out-compete desirable forbs and grasses in pastures and rangeland, reducing biodiversity. It can be found in dry and moist soils.

Most new sites of absinth wormwood can be attributed to imported hay from out of the state that was contaminated with absinth wormwood seed. When buying hay or forage, check to see if it is certified as weed-free forage. This can prevent costly problems later on if you have to start managing a weed or weeds you did not have before.

Absinth wormwood appears on roadsides and quickly invades farmsteads where infested hay has been fed, stacked, or stored. An invasive weed, it can reduce the amount of forage available for grazing. It has little or no forage value for livestock and is toxic to horses, who won’t graze it unless no other forage is available. Sheep can graze the plant, but it will taint the milk of cattle that graze it.

The plant’s pollen can be a source for allergies and asthma in humans. Its leaves have been used as an herb for the sage flavor, the oil in vermouth, and antiseptic liniments.

The threat of this invasive pest recently became more real when Kristi Paul, Sheridan County Weed superintendent, was asked to identify a “strange weed” growing in a calving lot. Paul’s first question to the landowner was, “Did you purchase some hay from out of state?” The answer was yes and it turns out a load of hay must have been infested with absinth wormwood seed. At least 10 locations in different parts of Sheridan County have absinth wormwood growing where hay has been fed or piled.
absinth wormwood regrowth
Figure 2. Absinth wormwood regrowth (Photo by Kristi Paul)

absinth wormwood fully grown plant
Figure 3. Fully grown absinth wormwood plant (Photo by Mitch Coffin, NDA)


Prevention is a good control option. Having well-established grasses and forbs on a maintained pasture or rangeland with proper grazing and rotational grazing techniques can go a long way to prevent its establishment.

Be proactive. When buying hay or forage, ask if it is certified weed free. More information on weed-free forage is found at Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming support weed-free forage.

Burning is not considered a good management option; the infestations may not be reduced and may actually increase. Mowing multiple times throughout the growing season may prevent seed production, but will not eliminate the established plants.

Numerous chemical treatment options are available to manage absinth wormwood. Products containing clopyralid, dicamba, Picloram, glyphosate, and 2,4-D have been shown to work. Be sure to select a product that is labeled for the site. Read, understand, and follow all label instructions when using any pesticide.


Absinth Wormwood, North Dakota Department of Agriculture

Baker, D. V., et al, Absinth Wormwood, Colorado State University, 2004

Lynn, R. G., et al, Absinth Wormwood Control, North Dakota State University, W-838, January 2013

USDA NRCS Plant Profile, Artemisia absinthium

Reprinted from Nebraska Extension Crop Watch newsletter

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Bed bugs happen: Even in school

A message to all parents with kids in school:  Bed bugs happen.

Bed bugs happen even in your children’s school, and like it or not we’re all going to have to deal with it. That will mean fighting the inclination to go into hyper-protective parent mode. Instead we all need to relax.  Deep breaths.  Eyes closed. Find your center.  Breeeathe… it will be all right.

It doesn’t matter what kind of school our kids attend, there’s a good chance that sooner or later you’ll hear rumors of bed bugs on campus.  I say this with some confidence because, in case you haven’t heard, these tiny, bloodsucking pests have become something of an epidemic over the past 15 years.  It’s inevitable that sooner or later children who live in infested homes will bring bed bugs to school.  While statistics are few, the numbers of public and private schools reporting problems appear to be on the rise.


Even so, the number of schools with bed bug infestations remain few and far between.  Notice the difference between a report of an introduction (one or a few bed bugs being brought somewhere) and an infestation (an entrenched, actively feeding, reproducing and sustainable community).


Schools get introductions, but almost never get infestations of bed bugs.  Why? Because schools are dynamic environments.


To keep reading this informative article by Dr. Mike Merchant, Professor and Urban Entomologist follow this link  at the end of this article you will find our model protocal for an IPM action plan for bed bugs, something every IPM coordinator needs to add to thier IPM program.

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Bayer seeksField Development Scientist position in Turf, Ornamental and Pest Control

Bayer has a Field Development Scientist position in Turf, Ornamental and Pest Control.–SF5252.html

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IPM Achievement Awards nominations sought

The IPM Achievement Awards recognize practitioners who have made outstanding achievements in IPM adoption, implementation, and program maintenance. In 2002, the USDA, along with its stakeholders, developed a national roadmap for IPM, which was revised in 2013. This roadmap has provided direction for practitioners who specialize in IPM for research, implementation of new technology, and measurement of success in management of all types of pests, including but not limited to agricultural, structural, veterinary, ornamental, forest and public health pests. The success of an IPM program depends on how well it follows the USDA NIFA IPM Roadmap, engenders stakeholder support, and increases IPM adoption and implementation. IPM practitioners who have achieved excellence fully support the IPM roadmap and garner stakeholders to help with program implementation and team building. For each award category, the Awards Committee reviews each nomination package on:

  • improving economic returns by reducing input costs and/or improving product or service quality;
  • reducing human health risks;
  • minimizing adverse environmental effects from pests or pest management activities;
  • documenting outcomes in pesticide use and hazard reduction, improved economic returns, environmental impacts, etc. vs. outputs items like fact sheets published and distributed, meetings convened and attendance, number of producers in the study, etc.
  • developing/implementing innovative strategies.
  • working with a team to pull people together. The Award Committee wants each applicant to illustrate how the nominees—both individuals and groups—have used a team approach in the IPM process.

There are four award categories:

  • Lifetime Achievement
  • IPM Practitioner
  • IPM Team/Group
  • Graduate Student (New this year!)

This year, winners will have the opportunity to submit an article at no cost to the Journal of Integrated Pest Management for a special 9th International IPM Symposium edition. At the same time, winners will be invited to present their award-winning story during one of the many symposia sessions. Winners will receive their award recognition at the opening session Monday evening. Consider nominating someone today! Awards nominations will be accepted between April 24, 2017 through June 5, 2017. Winners will be notified in August 2017.


To learn more about the application process join us for a short webinar on May 4, 2017 at 2:00 PM EDT, 1:00 PM CDT, 12:00 PM MDT, and 11:00 AM PDT. Use this link to register now, – you will receive reminders about the date. If you can’t attend, you will also get a link to the recorded meeting after the fact. The recording will be posted to the Awards page on May 8, 2017.


To apply or learn about the specific criteria for each award, visit our webpage at


Contact Michelle Marquart, Symposium Coordinator, at to learn more about attending, exhibiting at or contributing to the Symposium..

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NIFA releases FY 2017 Food Safety Outreach Program Request for Applications (RFA)

USDA-NIFA is pleased to release the FY 2017 Food Safety Outreach Program Request for Applications (RFA).  The USDA-NIFA Food Safety Outreach Competitive Grant Program provides funding for food safety training and education for small and mid-sized producers, processors, and small fresh fruit and vegetable merchant wholesalers affected by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

The Request for Applications can be found at the following link:


To view the press release and any additional program information view the following link:

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Washington State University (WSU) seeks an Assistant Professor of Entomology

The College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University (WSU) seeks an Assistant Professor of Entomology to develop an innovative research and extension program focused on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) of insects and mites attacking tree fruit. The position falls within two areas of preeminence within the college: horticultural production and processing systems, and biologically-intensive, sustainable, and organic agriculture. Entomological and IPM research and extension at the WSU Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center (TFREC) is recognized nationally and internationally as an area of excellence at WSU, and this position represents a core component of this area of excellence. This position will help WSU build upon its reputation of excellence in tree fruit IPM while further bolstering its national and international leadership in the training of graduate students, especially in the area of specialty crops. The uniqueness of being located at a research and extension center in the middle of the leading fruit production region of the US represents a truly transformative experience for students that cannot be replicated on campus. This position will contribute to the integration of interdisciplinary activities at the TFREC by working with other colleagues to access external funding focusing on key production and ecological/environmental issues.
Washington is the largest producers of apples, pears, and sweet cherries in the US, with 65, 50, and 45% of the total US production, respectively. The position offers an exciting opportunity to work with the progressive tree fruit industry of Washington State which contributes $8B annually to the economy of Washington State and is the largest single agricultural commodity. The Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission and the Washington and Oregon Pear Commission regularly provide around $3M/year for research projects aimed at the improvement of tree fruit production, pest management, and mechanization. In addition, Washington growers have recently funded a $32M endowment to provide six endowed chairs, operating funds for the Wenatchee and Prosser stations, and Extension delivery. This position will be well positioned to work with the industry in both applied and basic research areas that help improve IPM and technology transfer.
The successful applicant will be expected to develop a nationally and internationally recognized, and externally funded, research and extension program in Integrated Pest Management (IPM), focusing on problems faced by the Washington tree fruit industry. This program should emphasize the development of ecologically and quantitatively based IPM, with a balance of basic and applied contributions to science that are published in high quality peer-reviewed journals. In addition, the successful applicant will be expected to be an active participant in the transfer of research information to the tree fruit industry using traditional and modern methods, and participate in WSU’s tree fruit extension team.
The successful applicant is also expected to support and mentor Entomology graduate students and post-doctoral scientists, and contribute to the teaching program within the Department of Entomology. The teaching expectation is 3-4 graded credit hours per annum. Additionally, to be successful in their program, the person chosen will need to pursue collaborations with colleagues at WSU, USDA-ARS, and with industry scientists to form disciplinary or interdisciplinary teams that address the needs of the tree fruit industry.
• Earned Ph.D. in entomology or a related discipline at date of hire with expertise in IPM and insect ecology. Preferred:
• Evidence of a commitment to excellence in graduate education and outreach.
• Demonstrated ability and/or potential to develop a high-quality research program addressing basic and applied problems in insect ecology and/or IPM.
• Demonstrated ability to publish research in high-quality peer reviewed journals and to publish extension articles in appropriate venues.
• Demonstrated ability and/or potential to develop an extramurally funded program.
• Ability to collaborate with people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, including colleagues and clientele statewide, regionally, nationally and internationally.
• Excellent communication skills including the ability to translate and articulate research outputs and assess the outcomes and impacts of an outreach program.
The Department of Entomology at WSU is actively involved with education, research, and outreach across the state to addresses the needs of residents and agricultural industries. We maintain a long tradition of working closely with regional USDA scientists, the Washington State Department of Agriculture, and the WSU Extension Integrated Pest Management Program. Our research strengths span all aspects of basic and applied entomology. We are deeply committed to graduate education and research opportunities guided by world-class faculty. Undergraduate students interested in pest management are offered a multidisciplinary education to ensure successful and responsible on-the-job problem solving.
The main WSU campus in Pullman is home to the M.T. James Entomological Collection of more than 3 million insect species from around the world. The museum supports the taxonomic research of visiting scholars and provides learning opportunities to the public. The department’s APIS Molecular Systematics Laboratory includes more than 250 honey bee colonies in 10 research and teaching apiaries focused oEntomology faculty regularly publish in top scientific journals, including Science, Nature, and PNAS. Entomology faculty have been highly successful in generating large extramural awards including multiple grants from the USDA Specialty Crops Research Initiative, the USDA Organic Research and Extension Initiatives, and the USDA Foundational program. For more information, visit
The College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University is an expansive and diverse college that includes 15 academic departments, five research and extension centers, and more than 40 Extension offices distributed across the state. CAHNRS fosters disciplines that serve at the interface of scientific discovery and its application to the advancement of society and improvement of the human experience. Our mission is to provide global leadership in discovering, accessing, and disseminating knowledge that contributes to producing a safe, abundant food and fiber supply; promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and communities; enhances sustainability of agricultural and economic systems; and promotes stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems. In all dimensions of our mission, we strive to embody the signature “World Class, Face to Face” motto of Washington State University. CAHNRS personnel embrace the opportunity to fulfill the university’s land-grant mission by making groundbreaking research discoveries, by utilizing innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and by delivering relevant, progressive extension programs that synergistically generate outcomes that enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Washington State, as well as for people around the globe. For more information, visit
The Wenatchee Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center (REC) is located in a productive irrigated agricultural area with a vibrant tree fruit sector. The Center houses 11 faculty and five co-located USDA-ARS scientists who conduct multidisciplinary research principally on deciduous tree fruit (, supported by around 80 students, technicians, and staff. Research areas include entomology, horticulture, molecular biology, plant breeding, plant pathology, plant physiology, postharvest physiology, and soil science. The Center hosts the WSU Decision Aid System, a state-of-the-art online source of time-sensitive information for tree fruit management. An office of the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources is also located on site. The REC hosts active Extension programs and its faculty, representing four academic departments, contribute to educational programming. Faculty have a strong commitment to graduate and undergraduate student training. The main TFREC campus in Wenatchee includes office, laboratory, and greenhouse facilities. Dry and wet labs with two research farms located in nearby agricultural areas provide over 150 acres of established orchard (both conventional and certified organic). Field trials for research and demonstration purposes with grower-cooperators and packing facilities are commonly utilized. A suite of pilot scale controlled atmosphere storage rooms and single lane fruit sorter housed in a nearby packing facility are available.
Mission Statement: To be a hub for researchers, educators, extension specialists, students, and stakeholders focused on irrigated tree fruit and specialty crop systems to develop and apply new science-based knowledge and products to advance economically, environmentally and socially sustainable agriculture for industries and communities in Washington and the world
Screening of application materials begins June 16, 2017, and continues until filled. To apply, visit (search #: 125314) applications must include the following materials: 1) Letter of application addressing the required and preferred qualifications, areas of expertise, and research interests; 2) A current curriculum vitae; 3) Statement of vision and goals for the position that describes how you would approach the position; 4) Electronic copies of graduate and undergraduate academic transcripts; and 5) Names and contact information for four professional references.
Please contact Dr. Vince Jones, Search Committee Chair, at, 509-663-8181 x291 for questions about this position. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply. WSU is committed to excellence through diversity, has faculty friendly policies including a partner accommodation program, and a NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant (see WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Washington State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

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University of Zurich seeks Academic Associate or Postdoc (veterinarian, biologist) (80-100%)

Academic Associate or Postdoc (veterinarian, biologist) (80-100%)
A position is available at the Vector Entomology Unit per July 1, 2017 (or by agreement).
The Vector Entomology Unit was launched in 2007 at the Institute of Parasitology, which
consists of several further research units (molecular parasitology, zoonoses and
translational research, veterinary parasitology). The Vector Entomology unit has a broad
research spectrum on various aspects of arthropod vectors (vector capacity, bionomics of
invasive mosquitoes and biting midges, development of novel identification tools,
epidemiology of vector-borne parasitoses). Our lab acts as the Swiss National Centre for
Vector Entomology (NZVE), as appointed by the Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary
Office. Through its activities, the centre plays a central role in the early recognition of vectorborne
epizootics and zoonoses and provides expertise for the identification of arthropod
vectors in Switzerland. The NZVE engages in teaching as well as consulting for other
institutions active in the field of vector entomology.
The research focus of the successful applicant is flexible, along the general lines of the
group’s research and depending on his/her experience and interests. Priorities are hostpathogen
interactions (insect immune system) or ecology/control of insect vectors. The
incumbent is expected to raise external funds and to contribute to the National Centre’s
tasks. National and international collaborations should further be strengthened.
Applicants preferably hold a veterinary degree (veterinary dissertation or PhD), with a
background in entomology, infectious diseases or experimental research (strong molecular
biology training). Scientists with a doctorate in biology and with a background in
experimental or field entomology are also encouraged to apply. A strong interest in
experimental laboratory and/or field work is essential. A good command of English is
mandatory; good knowledge of German is a strong asset.
We offer a stimulating environment for entomological research, with an outstanding research
infrastructure (including spacious insect rearing facilities, access to BSL3). A senior
researcher has the opportunity to develop independent projects and further to establish an
own line of research in vector entomology. For a veterinarian, a residency of the European
college (EVPC) in the alternative training programme is an option.
The salary will be competitive, in accordance with the University’s guidelines.
Finances are guaranteed until end of 2019 in the frame of the NZVE, and a continuation for
another three years is expected.
Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Prof. Alexander Mathis
Full applications (motivation letter, CV, publication list, name and addresses of two referees)
should be sent to the Institute’s secretariat (Institute of Parasitology, University of Zürich,
Winterthurerstr. 266a, 8057 Zürich, Switzerland) or electronically to

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