Masters Call

Masters training/ projects on Molecular Ecology of Tree-Insect Interactions

Our research area

Chemical defenses often occur as pools of stored chemicals (e.g., phenolics, terpenoids, and alkaloids) to be released upon attack. However, chemical defenses in trees also include enzymes such as chitinases and glucanases that can degrade components of invasive organisms, toxic proteins, and inhibitors of enzymes. Our Molecular lab will study the tree-insect interactions among trees of different stress levels by different biotic and abiotic factors. We aim to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underpinning successful colonization by beetles. Through transcriptomics, and functional proteomic approach, we will identify differentially abundant proteins, responsible for various plant tolerance. First, in the digestion by the midgut of larvae and adults of the beetles. Second, we focus on adult tolerance (detoxification) to the strong defenses in the bark of the stem. These identified differentially abundant proteins may serve as targets for future pest management in the forest ecosystems. We also look at the microbial contribution to insect adaptation to plant defense. Responsibilities will predominantly be data collection, data analysis. Putative master’s students can apply for working in the above-mentioned areas under the supervision of senior researchers in the lab.

We offer

  • Work in a dynamic, international, cooperative and high professional quality team
  • Training opportunities for bioinformatics.
  • Guidance for own grant application at different grant agencies in national / international level for Ph.D. position.
  • The possibility of perusing PhD. in the same faculty (based on performance).


The following documents must be documented along with the application:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of motivation


For more information about the position, please contact us:

Dr.Amit Roy


Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences

Czech University of Life Sciences Prague

Kamýcká 129, 165 21 Praha 6 – Suchdol

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