The position provides an opportunity for a highly motivated PhD student to work as part of a multidisciplinary research team to investigate the recently identified male sex pheromone of the fruit spotting bug, Amblypelta lutescens lutescens (Hemiptera: Coreidae). Research will focus on how the pheromone can be used to better understand the ecology and biology of the pest, ultimately leading to improved pest management. The student will conduct field and laboratory research and will develop skills in the study of population dynamics, chemical ecology, pest management, statistical analysis and experimental design. The project is a collaboration between the School of Biological Sciences and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF Queensland). The successful candidate will be enrolled in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Queensland and will be based at DAFF Queensland in Mareeba, North Queensland.
Applicants should possess a Bachelor’s degree with first or upper second class Honours (or an equivalent) and must be accepted into the PhD program at the University of Queensland. The successful applicant will have some background in applied ecology and/or insect pest management, demonstrate the ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary research team, be prepared to conduct a considerable amount of field work and will possess excellent analytical abilities and well developed written and oral communication skills. Applications can only be considered from citizens or permanent residents of Australia or New Zealand