01/11/2019 10:00 – America/Los Angeles


Massey University – New Zealand › Palmerston North City

(Paid Opportunity)


Plant resistance to necrotrophic fungi of the family Sclerotiniaceae

Two PhD position are available and successful applicants will be part of a larger team that includes industry experts and it is essential that they are able and willing to work as part of a team on project. This project aims to discover how plant resistance strategies affect disease development of three fungi, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, Ciborinia camelliae and Botrytis cinerea. We expect that knowledge gained from this project will help develop novel, natural fungicides for agricultural and horticultural purposes that could be used to control fungal diseases.

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Plant diseases caused by fungi belonging to the family sclerotiniaceae affect over 500 different plant species including grape, strawberry and bean. Using the interaction of the Sclerotiniaceous fungus Ciborinia camelliae with blooms of camellia plants as a model, we recently revealed pathways that contribute to resistance to this fungus.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Agricultural sciences
  • Agricultural products
  • Biological sciences
  • Botany

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Program Period

For up to 3 years.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL is Biological sciences: Master Degree or equivalent.
  • REQUIRED LANGUAGE is English: Good.
  • Applicants should have a background in plant biology with a genuine interest in disease resistance or a background in fungal biology with interest in plant biology.
  • Relevant experience in bioinformatics and molecular biology is an advantage.
  • Applicants should hold, or expect to hold, a high-grade Honours or Masters-level degree (or equivalent) in relevant life sciences.

Opportunity Cost

(Paid Opportunity)

  • The scholarship has a value of 25,000 NZD tax free p/a plus PhD registration fees (Currently approx. 7,800 NZD for international and domestic students) for up to 3 years.

How to Apply

First Step: Applications should include

  •  Full CV
  • A cover letter outlining your interests in relation to this research,
  • The names and contact details of two academic referees.

Second Step: Questions and applications should be e-mailed to

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