The University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, BOKU (Department of Forest and Soil Sciences; Institute of Forest Entomology, Forest Pathology and Forest Protection) in Austria is offering a 2- to 3-year PhD or post-doc position to study aspects of ash dieback, a serious disease of common ash (Fraxinus excelsior) and other Fraxinus spp caused by the invasive alien ascomycete fungus Hymenoscyphus fraxineus.
The project aims at improving knowledge on the effect of admixed tree species on the intensity of ash dieback on common ash. The research will be conduced in three field experiments established in 2021 and 2022 where ash trees (reproductive material with putative higher disease
resistance) have been planted in blocks (6 x 6 plants), purely and in equal mixture with various other tree species (24 in total). Another aim is to evaluate the susceptibility of various ash species and genotypes of common ash to ash dieback in existing field experiments.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Please find further information in the attached announcement.
Posted on behalf of
Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Thomas Kirisits Institute of Forest Entomology, Forest Pathology and Forest Protection
Department of Forest and Soil Sciences (WABO) University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) Peter Jordan Strasse 82/I A
1190 Vienna Austria
Phone: 0043 1 47654-91601
MSc or PhD Position available – Bark beetle pheromone ecology
This position is open until filled.
The successful candidate will work on a research project evaluating regional variation in pheromone production and response in bark beetle populations (e.g. spruce beetle, western pine beetle, southern pine beetle) across North America. The student will be co-supervised by Dr. Dezene Huber of UNBC and Dr. Deepa Pureswaran of the Canadian Forest Service (Adjunct Professor at the University of New Brunswick).
The student will conduct field and laboratory experiments in both western and eastern Canada in collaboration with Canadian and US partners including provincial entomologists, USDA Forest Service scientists and industry to better understand the ecology and evolution of inter-population pheromone variation in tree-killing bark beetles. The project will involve chemical ecology techniques, analytical chemistry and could involve molecular techniques. The work aims to identify lure formulations for pest management that reflect regional variation in pheromone profiles.
Interested candidates should have experience in data collection and analysis, be willing to travel and do fieldwork in forests.
The University of Northern British Columbia is fully committed to creating and maintaining an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment that is accessible to all. We are devoted to ensuring a welcoming, safe, and inclusive campus free from harassment, bullying, and discrimination. This commitment is woven into our motto and mission. In the Dakelh language, UNBC’s motto ‘En Cha Huná translates to “he/she/they also live” and means respect for all living things. Through the respect for all living things, we are able to grow and learn better together, each bringing our own unique individual differences and contributions to inspire leaders for tomorrow by influencing the world today. Educational equity requires that we remove barriers and overcome both direct and indirect discrimination. In this way, the pool of excellent candidates increases substantially. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for this position without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, place of origin, age, physical disability, mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and any other prohibited grounds of discrimination as outlined in the BC Human Rights Code.
Interested candidates are invited to send a letter of interest, CV and transcripts to: Dezene.Huber(a)unbc.ca<mailto:Dezene.Huber@unbc.ca> or deepa.pureswaran(a)nrcan-rncan.gc.ca<mailto:email@example.com>.
Deepa Pureswaran, PhD
Research Scientist, Forest Insect Ecology
Natural Resources Canada
Canadian Forest Service, Atlantic Forestry Centre
Scientifique, Écologie des insectes forestiers
Ressources naturelles Canada
Service canadien des forêts, Centre de foresterie de l’Atlantique
1350, Regent Street
Fredericton, NB E3C 2G6