The topic: The application of nanotechnology in agriculture is currently receiving substantial attention worldwide. The most common idea is to exploit the novel properties that materials develop at the nanoscale (generally < 100 nm) to design agrochemicals with superior properties to the products currently used. There is a consensus that potential applications and benefits are immense. The proposed project will aim at establishing the missing foundations that will promote the responsible and sustainable development of nanotechnology in the wine growing sector.
Objective 1 will aim at carefully reviewing the literature to identify and critically discuss nanoenabled solutions that are relevant for grapes. Objective 2 will be to identify the most pressing needs regarding pest control, nutrition and sustainability, and analyse how they could be addressed by nanotechnology. Objective 3 will be to investigate the environmental fate and potential impact of a series of nano‐enabled agrochemicals on target and non‐target organisms through systematic laboratory investigations.
The ideal candidate will have:
The University and the team:
The University of Auckland is the largest and highest‐ranked university in New Zealand (85th worldwide in the 2018/19 QS World University Rankings) and offers an ideal environment to study and carry out research. Melanie Kah (supervisor of the PhD candidate) has a strong expertise in the applications and implications of nanotechnology in agriculture. More information is available here.
The project team is interdisciplinary and includes other members from the University of Auckland and from other organisations across NZ.
Starting date: October 2019
How to apply: Please send a single pdf file including your CV (2 pages max. including the contact details of two referees), a description of your motivations and research interests (1 page max.), your University transcripts (topics and grades), and if available, copies of research papers and/or MSc thesis. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be evaluated as they are received until the position is filled. Further information is available upon request.
The offer’s description is downloadable here.