PhD Studentship: Kiwifruit Breeding - Plant & Food Research
Motueka, New Zealand I Vacancy 15327
Plant & Food Research has a world class kiwifruit breeding programme, part of which is aimed at developing kiwiberries. While kiwiberries are mainly developed from Actinidia arguta, the breeding also involves hybridisation with other Actinidia species. We are seeking a PhD student for a project aimed at improving the breeding of kiwiberries. This would involve aspects of phenotyping, genetic mapping, quantitative genetics, genome wide genotyping, and genomic selection in order to breed better kiwiberries faster.
Working closely with the kiwifruit breeding team at Motueka, the student will contribute to related activites in the team and, outside the team, will also interact with other researchers in the wider Breeding & Genomics portfolio, and with other teams on-site.
At the completion of the project, the student will submit a PhD thesis to an agreed university. It is expected that two or more peer-reviewed scientific articles for publication in international journals will have been produced during the term of the studentship. The project will be supervised by a Plant & Food Research Scientist (Dr Paul Datson) and a supervisor from University
For registration details and to apply for this position please visit www.careers.plantandfood.co.nz and search under 'Apply for a job'
by 12 February 2016.
Please quote vacancy number 15327
This studentship offers a stipend of NZ$27,000 per annum, and up to NZ$6,000 per annum towards university fees plus operating costs. Candidates will have relevant postgraduate qualifications with skills in plant genetics.