Fully Funded PhD Position: Modelling decomposition processes

Posted: 12th September 2022

University of Auckland supervisors: Prof. George Perry and Dr. Luitgard Schwendenmann
PFR researcher: Dr. Jacqui Todd

Plant & Food Research has recently embarked on an ambitious programme to create a digital twin of an apple orchard ecosystem. One of the core functions in the ecosystem is the decomposition of apple and other plant material to return nutrients to the soil. We are looking for a highly motivated student to undertake the challenge of modelling the decomposition processes. The study will be designed with the student and may include modelling, field, and lab components – but the project will have a strong modelling focus. Fieldwork is likely to be based in Motueka or Hawkes Bay. An annual stipend covering fees and living stipend ($33k per yr, in line with the University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship) plus travel/materials expenses are provided. Applications from Māori and Pacifica students are encouraged. Please apply to George Perry, with “Decomposition PhD” and your name in the subject, including a CV, contact details for referees, and a statement outlining your interest in the role. We will start considering applications from the 23rd of September, and the position will remain open until we find a suitable candidate.