Prevalence, distribution and role of Cryptovalsa ampelina in grapevine dieback in Australia

Grapevine trunk diseases are a major threat to the Australian wine industry, and an exciting opportunity exists for a PhD student to investigate the role of Cryptovalsa ampelina in the decline and dieback of grapevines in Australian vineyards. The successful candidate will be part of a larger team studying grapevine trunk diseases and will work with experienced plant pathologists from Charles Sturt at the Gulbali Institute and the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI). The PhD candidate will have the opportunity to conduct research at the facilities of both institutions.

  • Eligibility

    This scholarship is for full-time study toward a Doctor of Philosophy. The scholarship is competitive, and only applicants who meet the following eligibility criteria will be considered:

    Essential

    1) An honours degree or higher qualification in plant pathology, mycology, microbiology, molecular biology, or a related area.

    2) The applicant must not have commenced their PhD.

    3) Conduct research as a full-time student.

    Desirable:

    1) Experience in plant disease diagnostics and molecular techniques including PCR, qPCR, gel electrophoresis, DNA extraction, DNA sequence analysis.

    2) Demonstrated research track record including research publications in peer-reviewed journals.

    3) Class C driver’s licence or equivalent.

  • Award value

    The scholarship provides the following benefits:

    Stipend: This scholarship is valued at $29,863 per annum payable in fortnightly instalments.

    Tuition Fees:

    Domestic candidates: Fee exemption for a period equivalent to 4 years (8 sessions) for PhD at full-time study.
    International candidates: Fee exemption for a period equivalent to 3 years (6 sessions) for PhD at full-time study.

    Operating Funds: Operational expenses will be built into the overall Prevalence, distribution and role of Cryptovalsa ampelina in grapevine dieback in the Australia project budget.

  • Scholarship duration

    Domestic candidates:

    The scholarship is tenable for four years (4 years FTE tuition fee coverage and 3 years FTE for stipend and operating funds allowances) subject to satisfactory progress.

    An extension of up to six months may be granted (stipend and operating funds components only), where the candidate is making satisfactory progress and the grounds for the extension relate to the study and are beyond the control of the candidate.


    International candidates:

    The scholarship is tenable for three years subject to satisfactory progress.

    An extension of up to six months may be granted, where the candidate is making satisfactory progress and the grounds for the extension relate to the study and are beyond the control of the candidate.

  • How to apply

    Applicants will need to apply for enrolment.

    Prospective Higher Degree by Research candidates can apply for the Prevalence, distribution and role of Cryptovalsa ampelina in grapevine dieback in Australia Scholarship when completing their Charles Sturt course admission application. When given the option to apply for a scholarship select 'Yes'; 'Full-time AGRTP' and 'Other'. Under 'Other' enter Prevalence, distribution and role of Cryptovalsa ampelina in grapevine dieback in Australia.

    In addition to the documentation required as part of the AGRTP Scholarship application, applicants will need to send an expression of interest (including a full CV, and cover letter addressing the selection criteria in no more than two pages) outlining their experience and research interests to Dr Regina Baaijens (rbaaijens@csu.edu.au).

Application timelines

Expressions of Interest close 5pm Tuesday 31 January 2023

Applications close 5pm Monday 20 February 2023

Contacts:

Dr Regina Baaijens: rbaaijens@csu.edu.au

A/Prof Sandra Savocchia: ssavocchia@csu.edu.au