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  • 1. PhD in Plant Pathology and Viticulture Research Project 3.1.3: Genetics of Botrytis resistance Thank you for your interest in the Cooperative Research Centre for Viticulture’s PhD positions. Completing a PhD with the Cooperative Research Centre for Viticulture (CRCV), in collaboration with CSIRO Plant Industry and Adelaide University, is a superb way for you to begin your new career in one of Australia's most exciting and innovative growth industries. It will give you the opportunity to work with world-renowned researchers and possibly even travel overseas. The wine and grape industry's mission is `total commitment to innovation and style from vine to palate’ which is largely supported by the CRCV’s comprehensive, outcome oriented, industry defined research program. As a key player in the research team, you will be actively contributing to the successful achievement of the Australian wine industry's objectives, primarily: • To entrench innovation as the driver of industry competitive advantage • Enhance wine style in quality, purity, uniqueness and diversity, and • Improve profitability and sustainability
  • 2. Find out more about the Australian wine industry at: More about the CRCV and its research programs: If you haven't already done so, explore our website at Are you eligible for a PhD with Adelaide University? Please check its criteria at: More about this project: Project 3.1.3: Genetics of Botrytis resistance This project is part of a major research program aimed at developing molecular-genetic strategies for the control of grapevine fungal pathogens. The project will seek to identify genes and genetic pathways in both grapevine, and model plants species such as Arabidopsis, which determine or influence the susceptibility of the host plant to infection by the necrotrophic pathogen, Botrytis cinerea. In particular the research will focus on genes controlling the infection-induced accumulation of reactive oxygen species and the production of the plant hormone, ethylene, both of which may influence the extent of Botrytis colonisation of host tissues. Research will involve field, glasshouse and laboratory-based experiments and the laboratory work will involve a range of biochemical and molecular biology techniques. More about the position: The 3.5 year position will be based at the Horticulture Unit of CSIRO Plant Industry, located on the Waite Campus of Adelaide University. Graduates will receive an annual (tax free) stipend of at least $22,283 (reviewed annually) plus a fully-funded professional development program worth $4,000, including a unique opportunity to demonstrate your skills to potential wine industry employers.
  • 3. More about the professional development program: The Cooperative Research Centre for Viticulture is committed to providing you with the support and encouragement you need to complete your PhD research project successfully while gaining long-term benefits from the experience. As a result, during the course of your PhD research project, you will be expected to complete a fully-funded development program tailored to suit your particular needs and aspirations. The program has two broad aims: - to enhance your research ability, and - to enhance your employment prospects after the completion of your PhD research project. The development program will consist of a comprehensive induction, a personal development plan with regular reviews and an industry placement. Induction Program At the beginning of your PhD research project, you will receive an Induction Pack that will guide you through your induction program and provide additional reference information useful to you during your work activities. The induction program will cover three key themes: - Housekeeping (e.g. workplace protocols and amenities, OH&S, workcover, how and when you will be paid, what to do if you’re sick, locations and key contacts) - Wine & grape industry, CRCV and agency structure, objectives and expectations - Project expectations (e.g. reporting requirements, performance indicators, project team introductions, project objectives and activities) It is expected that your induction will be completed within three months of starting. During this period, you will begin your research project and complete your induction concurrently. On the completion of your induction, you will meet with your supervisor and the Education & Training Manager to plan your development activities.
  • 4. Personal Development Plan Your personal development plan will include the acquisition of both management skills and research skills. It will be expected that all PhD students will gain competency in both areas, however your plan will depend on your existing strengths, your personal career aspirations and the needs of your particular research projects. Your plan will be implemented while you complete your research work and aims to both complement and support your research activities. Management skills will include: - Planning and organisation (of time, projects, resources, budgets, people, etc.) - Communication and PR (e.g. writing skills for press releases & industry reports, presentations and training techniques) - Commercial awareness and industry knowledge - Teamwork skills - Professional presentation and customer service Research skills will include: - The role of science in industry and society - Experimental design and project planning - Problem solving and creative thinking - Research analysis and evaluation - Thesis writing and technical publications Personal development activities will vary. They may include courses, seminars, projects, mentoring, work-experience and reading. They may also include other PhD students and/or industry participants. Where appropriate, accredited and nationally recognised courses will be utilised.
  • 5. Industry Placement During your PhD project, you will be required to undertake hands-on experience in the industry for a minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 months. The exact location, timing and frequency of the industry placements will vary, depending on the needs of your research project and your personal aspirations. The placements will provide you with an opportunity to: - apply your new skills and knowledge in the workplace - to clarify how the outcomes of your research project will be applied in the vineyard or winery - gain a clearer understanding of the role of your industry customers - develop networks and contacts in the industry. Your industry placement will be an integral part of your 3.5 year research project. Do you have what we're looking for? Applicants for the positions must meet the criteria listed below. Essential: • A science or agricultural science degree (with 1st class or 2A Honours, or equivalent) in plant pathology, molecular biology or related disciplines • Eligibility for enrolment in Adelaide University’s PhD program • A demonstrated ability to perform research and a genuine desire to undertake a PhD Desirable: • Major in at least one of the disciplines - plant pathology, biochemistry, biotechnology, botany, genetics • Prior experience in plant - pathogen interactions • Prior experience in molecular biology • A proven ability to work collaboratively in a team; and • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • 6. Students currently completing Honours are encouraged to apply. Contact details of people who can answer your questions: Dr Ian Dry As the project leader, Ian welcomes your Horticulture Unit, CSIRO Plant Industry, PO enquiries about the project. Consider Box 350, Glen Osmond SA discussing your interests and skills with Ian Telephone: 08 8303 8632 before applying to ensure that the position Facsimilie: 08 8303 8601 suits you and that you focus on the most relevant issues in your application. Send your application to Ian. Ms Libby Boschen Libby overseas the recruitment and ongoing Manager: CRCV Education & Training professional development of the CRCV PhD Telephone: 08 8373 7090 researchers. Libby welcomes your questions Facsimile: 08 8373 7091 on the professional development program Email: and remuneration. As well as other research opportunities in the CRCV. Ms Alison Dolan Alison will be able to answer questions Admissions Officer regarding your eligibility for entry onto the Adelaide University PhD program at the University. Please go to Tel: 08 8303 3046 the University’s website first to prepare your questions. How to apply for the position: In your written application please address the following points: • Your background in plant pathology / molecular biology (or related discipline) and general research • Your motivation in applying for a PhD • Your interest in this particular area of research • Details of any publications or active research in which you have been involved, including the nature of your involvement. Please include a brief resume of your academic and work history (including academic transcript) and any community or personal interests that demonstrate that you can: • Meet Adelaide University’s requirements for a PhD • Participate and contribute to a team environment • Plan and organise yourself and others • Research, collect, analyse and convey information to others
  • 7. • Set goals and maintain your own motivation in achieving them. Please nominate at least two referees that can be contacted to verify your application. Applications, which may be electronic or hard copies, should be sent to Dr Ian Dry at the address supplied in the table. Start date is to be negotiated with the successful applicant but as soon as possible.