Internship - Mass Rearing of Fruit Flies

International Atomic Energy Agency

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The International Atomic Energy Agency is the world's central intergovernmental forum for scientific and technical co-operation in the nuclear field. It works for the safe, secure and peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology, contributing to international peace and security and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

Widely known as the world’s “Atoms for Peace and Development” organization within the United Nations family, the IAEA is the international centre for cooperation in the nuclear field. The Agency works with its Member States and multiple partners worldwide to promote the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technologies.


One year internship at the IAEA sponsored by IAEA Programs in non-Safeguards departments of the IAEA. Go to for details and how to apply.

Position ID: NA202201-P0
Position and Grade: Internship – Mass Rearing of Fruit Flies
Organizational Unit: Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications Joint FAO/IAEA Division for Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture Insect Pest Control Section
Duty Station: Seiborsdorf, Austria
Duration of Appointment/Start: 1 year, Summer 2022

Main Purpose
The main purpose of the internship is to assist with the development of mass rearing and quality control protocols for the fruit fly Drosophila suzukii.

Tasks / Key Results Expected
Assist with the development and testing of artificial fruit fly larval diets. A suitable artificial diet for the rearing of the Drosophila suzukii is available but final formulation for mass-rearing needs to be optimized to allow the production of high-quality insects as a primary requirement for the success of Sterile Insect Technique (SIT).
Assist with the development of standardised quality control tests.
Assist with the development and validation of Gamma and X ray sterilization protocols for Bactrocera dorsalis and Drosophila suzukii


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Familiar with Windows and Microsoft Office
Basic knowledge of statistics

Qualifications and Experience
University degree in Biology, Agronomy, Environmental Science or a related field.
Past experience in a laboratory environment is an asset.
Good written and spoken English essential; fluency in any other IAEA official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) an asset.

Applicant Eligibility
Candidates must be a minimum of 20 years of age and have completed at least three years of full-time studies at a university or equivalent institution towards the completion of a first degree.
Candidates may apply up to one year after the completion of a bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree.
Candidates must not have previously participated in the IAEA's internship programme.
Excellent written and spoken English essential; fluency in any other IAEA official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian) an asset.
Candidates must attach two signed letters of recommendation to their application.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

How to Apply:
Completed online job application form in the TALEO system is required.

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