The Importance of Flies as Pollinators of Australian Food Crops and Wild Plants

Project information

The School of Environmental and Rural Science at the University of New England (UNE) is offering a unique and exciting opportunity for a motivated, independent and adventurous PhD candidate to research the ecology and management of insect pollinators in a range of tropical, sub-tropical and temperature food crops in Australia.  This particular scholarship will focus on pollination by flies.  The successful candidate will be required to undertake field work across the north and eastern parts of Australia across several different land use types.

We are seeking applicants with an interest and background in pollination, entomology, plant-animal interactions, pollinator behaviour in agricultural systems for a 3-year PhD project based at UNE, in Armidale, NSW Australia. Ideally, candidates will have experience working with flies including experience processing, pinning and identification.  Experience processing pollen deposition and pollen tube samples using microscopy and preparing photographic images of slides is desirable.  Experience observing and recording fly behaviour under glasshouse or field conditions is also desirable.

The PhD project is part of a larger collaboration between the University of New England, several other universities and horticultural industry groups.  The responsibilities of the student will include: experimental design and development of field surveys, glasshouse pollinator observations, collection, sorting and pinning insects; counting and identifying pollen and measuring pollen tube growth. The successful candidate is also expected to undertake analytical and statistical work and to disseminate research results to industry and the broader scientific community.

Scholarship information

The scholarship value is AU$27,596 per annum over three (3) years. The level of the stipend will not be reduced over the period of the Scholarship. The scholarship is tax exempt and paid in fortnightly installments.

This scholarship is available to domestic and international students. The successful international PhD candidate will also receive a tuition fee waiver in the form of a UNE international HDR fee stipend for a period of three years.

Additional information

An interest in working alongside industry, a willingness to work in remote areas and the capacity to work both work independently and as part of a team are important qualities. The applicant must be proficient in spoken and written English and have a current driver’s licence. Selection of applicants will be based on merit.

Application must include a statement of your background, experience and interest in the project, your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and any publications.

How To Apply

Applicants must meet UNE’s admission requirements for a PhD program. Please see the entry requirements. Applicants must submit a candidature application if they wish to apply for a scholarship. For more information on submitting a candidature application please see our how to apply/enrol webpage.

To apply for the scholarship please review the relevant application guidelines and complete the application form:

Scholarship and candidature applications can be submitted through AskUNE.

For further information, please see the scholarship Terms and Conditions.

Enquiries may be directed via email to Dr Romina Rader, or via email to Dr Manu Sanders