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PhD/MSc positions: Eco-evolutionary processes affecting pesticide resistance in Australian agriculture (Hoffmann Lab, UMelb)

Closing 30 June 2021

Overuse of pesticide has lead to increasing resistance in many pest arthropod species of Australian agriculture. Understanding the processes that lead to resistance, affect their maintenance and spread, and the cultural factors that limit uptake of more sustainable management practices, has important implications for food security and ecosystem health.

The Hoffman Lab (University of Melbourne) has several fully funded PhD/MSc projects to address the pertinent issues of pesticide resistance and its management in Australian agro-ecosystem (see flyer for details).

Projects could cover a range of topics from ecology, evolution, population genomics, and the social sciences. There is considerable flexibility for students to tailor their own projects to their personal interests. Several species are currently being studied (aphids, redlegged earth mites, parasitoid wasps) but there is scope to include other taxa. Students could expect to develop a diverse range of skills, including molecular lab techniques, insect husbandry, and statistical and bioinformatic analysis.

Successful candidates would ideally begin in early to mid 2021, but this is open for discussion.

Expression of interest can be made to the PEARG Lab (please include a copy of your CV): pearg-queries@unimelb.edu.au

Alternatively, contact Dr. Joshua Thia if you are interested in project specifics: joshua.thia@unimelb.edu.au

More information can be found here.

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