The Dead Sea and Arava Science Center invites PhD graduates to apply for a post-doc position. The successful candidate will join a world-class research team and work in a challenging and unique environment on applied research and multidisciplinary projects.
The applicant must meet the following requirements:
1. Have completed their PhD studies within the last 10 years
2. Are Israeli citizens
3. Are willing to live within the area of research (Arava, Dead Sea, Mitzpe Ramon)
4. Can contribute to the institute's areas of research in one of the following topics:
1. Desert arthropod ecology
2. Desert arthropod behavior
3. Insect life history
1. Desert plant ecology
2. Restoration of oil contamination
3. Soil ecology
4. Desert Forestry
· Soil and Water Sciences:
1. Irrigation management under water and soil salinity - Potential investigations can include but are not limited to irrigation methods or strategies aimed to increase yield on one hand, and on the other, to save water.
2. Regional water management in desert rural communities - Possible research subjects can consist of:
 optimal regional water allocation, according to the quality of the
 an integrated, cost effective analysis of irrigation with fresh water;
 The effect of future climate patterns on the agricultural sustainability in in desert agricultural communities.
1. Bioinformatic and experimental study aimed at understanding the genetic basis of extreme pathogenicity and polyphagy in group A root knot nematodes, the ubiquitous plant pathogens. We will characterize the difference in genome evolution patterns among samples of various species, which differ in reproduction modes and host ranges. The bioinformatic step enjoys the benefits of novel genome data from 20 isolates, which cover the species diversity and geographic range of the group.
Work will be done on the University of Hull HPC cluster. The bioinformatic step will inform later genome evolution experiments aimed at the association of genomic features with known and observed pathogenic behaviour, and with goals such as threat level determination in mind.
2. Agriculture in the rocky desert - The research focuses on developing methods for soil cultivation, soil erosion control, regulation of soil salinity and leaching, watering using treated waste water vs potable water in loess soils, and rock - rain - runoff relations. In particular we will focus on ancient methods of agriculture in the high Negev, and adapt them to modern agriculture in the area. The research also includes social aspects of creating a network between farmers and between various parties involved to encourage sharing of knowledge and offering support to new farmers.
· Marine ecology:
Integrating transcriptomics and metabolomics with physiological performance to predict impacts of climate change on the tropical seagrasses Halophila stipulacea Applicants are encouraged to contact the Science Center to find a relevant supervisor and topic and apply for a two year scholarship. The successful applicants will work in one of the Science Center branches, starting 04/2017. Employment beyond the two year period may be possible.