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Postdoctoral Research Fellow




  • Fixed term for 36 months available from 1 November 2011

    Applications are invited to work under the supervision of Dr Graham Askew on the energetics of insect flight. The aim of this multi-disciplinary project is to explain the underlying reasons for differences in the flight efficiency of insects.

    Energetics Of Insect Flight

    University of Leeds – Institute of Membrane & System Biology

    Fixed term for 36 months available from 1 November 2011

    Applications are invited to work under the supervision of Dr Graham Askew on the energetics of insect flight. The aim of this multi-disciplinary project is to explain the underlying reasons for differences in the flight efficiency of insects.

    You will have (or be close to completing) a PhD (or equivalent) in either muscle or whole animal physiology and a strong background in integrative and/or comparative physiology. The research will involve two main types of experiments. One will use respirometry to measure insect metabolic energy expenditure during flight. The second will use physiological measurements to measure the efficiency of the flight muscles, and to partition this into the underlying efficiencies of the cross-bridges and mitochondria. Experience of the mechanics and energetics of muscle and whole animal locomotion, and techniques suitable for measuring muscle performance would be advantageous. You should be enthusiastic, highly motivated and have good organisational and interpersonal skills.

    For further information about Graham Askew’s research please visit: http://www.fbs.leeds.ac.uk/staff/profile.php?tag=Askew_G

    This is a collaborative research project between Dr Graham Askew (University of Leeds) and Dr Richard Bomphrey (University of Oxford) and is funded by the BBSRC.

    University Grade 7 (£29,972 – £35,788 p.a.) Due to funding limitations it is unlikely an appointment will be made above £31,758 p.a.

    Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Graham Askew, tel +44 (0)113 343 2897, email g.n.askew@leeds.ac.uk.

    Closing Date: 4 November 2011 (Redeployment Closing Date: 11 October 2011

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