Sucking bug spray thresholds in Rubus

Determination of sucking bug population thresholds in Australian Rubus

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

27 March 2023

Campus

Hobart

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International

Scholarship

$31,500pa for 3.5 years

About the research project

As part of a University of Tasmania led national research program, this project seeks to advance integrated pest management (IPM) in Australian blackberry & raspberry production. The successful applicant will work with researchers and industry partners to determine spray thresholds and economic injury levels for Two-spotted mites (Tetranychus urticae) and Green mirids (Creontiades dilutus) in commercially grown cultivars of blackberry and raspberry. Once determined, the applicant will field validate these thresholds in commercial rubus production settings.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Stephen Quarrell

Funding

The successful applicant will receive a scholarship which provides:

  • a living allowance stipend co-funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia of $31,500 per annum (2023 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.

Eligibility

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand (domestic) candidates and to International candidates
  • Research must be undertaken on a full-time basis
  • Applications are open to applicants with a background in entomology only
  • English language score must be above minimum entry requirements for this project
  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Applicants must already have been awarded a first-class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in horticultural entomology and integrated pest management
  • Excellence in written and oral communication skills
  • Must hold Australian driver’s license or be able to obtain a license
  • Ability to conduct field work independently

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Experience in berry production research including applicants with peer-reviewed research publications in the area of research will be looked upon favourably

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Stephen Quarrell to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. Submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application, you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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