Ontario Grad Student Wanted for Tree Disease Research

Dear Colleagues,

I have a stipend available for a MSc/PhD student to study two diseases of fruit trees. One disease affects apples and could be related to the newly discovered Apple luteovirus (https://virologyj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12985-018-0998-3), while the second disease is affecting apricots and other stone fruit trees. Both diseases are complex, and the prospective student would be studying the role of viruses in these diseases using molecular biology, genomic and RNA sequencing, and traditional plant pathology. The successful candidate will conduct research trials in laboratory, greenhouse, and orchards in the Niagara region. The student will have ample opportunities to interact with growers, industry partners, and other scientific research professionals in the region. The workplace will be at the AAFC Vineland research station. The student will be co-supervised by Prof. Charles Despres at Brock University, and the graduate degree will be administered by the Brock University Department of biological sciences. Interested applicants can contact me directly for further information.

Best regards,

Jonathan Griffiths, Ph.D.

Research Scientist and Plant Virologist

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada / Government of Canada

Jonathan.griffiths@canada.ca / Tel: 905-562-2040

To apply for this job email your details to Jonathan.griffiths@canada.ca