Post-doctoral Fellowships in Phytopathology, Entomology, and Horticulture (# of pos: 3)

Updated: 4 months ago
Deadline: 31 Jul 2019

Summary

Three post-doctoral opportunities are available under the Thematic Project "Measures for the reduction of primary infections in the integrated management of huanglongbing in São Paulo citrus belt: technical and economic feasibility" (grant number 2017/21460- 0), under coordination of Prof. Dr. Renato Beozzo Bassanezi.

The positions have financial support through scholarships funded by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).

This project aims to evaluate the technical and economic feasibility of available measures to the growers, which could be integrated in order to reduce these primary infections. Outside the orchard, measures applied directly to control the primary inoculum source will be evaluated. The area that streches from the orchard edge until up to 200 m from the orchard boundary has the highest concentration of bacteria carrier migrant psyllids from neighboring areas. Measures will be evaluated to bar the primary dispersion into the orchard and prevent the primary inoculation of bacteria by psyllid, thus preventing vector access to the plant or its feeding on the plant.

The activities of all Post-docs will take place at the Department of Research and Development of the Fund for Citrus Protection (Fundecitrus), Araraquara, São Paulo State, Brazil. One candidate will join the group of Plant Pathology under the supervision of Dr. Renato Beozzo Bassanezi, from Fundecitrus; other will join the group of Entomology under the supervision of Dr. Marcelo Pedreira de Miranda, from Fundecitrus; and other will join the group of Horticulture/Plant Production under the supervision of Dr. Eduardo Augusto Girardi from the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) – Cassava & Tropical Fruits unit.

The fellowships will last for 24 months and may be extended for another 24 months, depending on the performance of the Post-doc, which will be evaluated annually in accordance with FAPESP regulations. The selected candidate will receive a FAPESP’s Post-Doctoral fellowship in the amount of BRL 7,373.10 monthly and a research contingency fund (Technical reserve), equivalent to 15% of the annual value of the fellowship which should be spent in items directly related to the research activity. If the selected candidate resides in a different address and needs to move to the city where the research institution is located, he may be entitled to an installation aid.

The candidates must have completed the PhD in less than 7 (seven) years and be conducting research activity. Other criteria for application required by FAPESP can be consulted at http://www.fapesp.br/en/postdoc . 

Obligations of the candidates

a) The fellowship requires full-time exclusive dedication to the research project;

b) The fellowship holder cannot have employment contract nor can he/she receive a fellowship from another entity or salary or remuneration arising from the exercise of any activity of any nature for the duration of the scholarship. He/she cannot be retired or be away without pay;

c) The fellowship holder must present research reports and reports related to the use of technical reserve within the deadlines set forth in the Term of Grant, accompanied by the requested documentation.

Important: failure to comply with these obligations described in http://www.fapesp.br/en/postdoc  implies the cancellation of the grant and in the repayment of payments already made by FAPESP in updated amounts.

The candidate must be available to start post-doctoral studies once FAPESP Term of Grant has been signed.

Estimated start on 1st September 2019. 

Specific activities for each candidate: 

• Post-doctoral fellowship in Plant Pathology (Plant Disease Epidemiology)

The fellowship holder will be involved in four sub-projects of the Research Project, evaluating the effect on vector and disease dispersal and incidence of different management strategies applied in the citrus blocks at the edge of the orchard. Strategies consisting on eradicating or maintaining HLB-affected plants on the border; spraying insecticides on the plants around the citrus blocks; weekly application contact insecticides in different border range widths of citrus blocks on a weekly basis; and weekly application of contact insecticides in alternating rows as an alternative to biweekly application in total area will be evaluated.

In these subprojects, the fellowship holder will develop activities for the implementation, conduction and coordination of field experiments and data analysis, with emphasis on experimental statistical analysis and temporal and spatial analysis of citrus HLB epidemics under different management strategies.

Candidate requirements:

i) Postgraduate in Phytopathology, preferably in the area of Epidemiology and Management of plant diseases;

ii) Knowledge and practical skills in experimental statistical analysis;

iii) Knowledge and practical skills in techniques of temporal analysis (mathematical model adjustments) and spatial (disease gradient analysis and geostatistics techniques) of plant diseases;

v) Ability to make graphs, tables and reports;

v) Ability to write scientific papers. 

Personal skills: have ability to work in teams, have independence and proactivity to develop work, be communicative and have proficiency in English. Must have driver’s license, because the work plan implies availability for constant trips to the field. 

• Post-doctoral fellowship in Entomology

The fellowship holder will be involved in two subprojects of the Research Project, evaluating the individual and joint effect of the use of trap-crop and processed kaolin, on the Diaphorina citri dispersal and population, incidence of HLB-affected plants, and development and yield of citrus trees in commercial orchards.

In these subprojects, the fellowship holder will develop activities for the implementation, conduction and coordination of field experiments and data analysis. The assessments include the psyllid population, development and yield of kaolin treated and non-treated trees, and their relation with the insect vector dispersal and HLB progress.

Candidate requirements:

i) Postgraduate in Entomology;

ii) Preferably have knowledge about the pathosystem huanglongbing-citrus-psyllid;

iii) Knowledge and practical skills in experimental statistical analysis;

iv) Ability to make graphs, tables and reports;

v) Ability to write scientific papers.

Personal skills: have ability to work in teams, have independence and proactivity to develop work, be communicative and have proficiency in English. Must have driver’s license, because the work plan implies availability for constant trips to the field. 

• Post-doctoral fellowship in Horticulture (Plant Production)

The fellowship holder will be involved in two subprojects of the Research Project, evaluating the effect of citrus management practices such as pruning, density and direction of planting and use of dwarfing rootstocks on the disease progress.

In these subprojects, the fellowship holder will develop activities of implementation, conduction and coordination of field experiments and data analysis. Evaluations include plant phenology, production and fruit quality of citrus, as well as its relation with the dispersion of psyllids and the progress of the HLB.

Candidate requirements:

i) Postgraduate in Horticulture / Plant Production, and preferably in Citriculture;

ii) Preferably knowledge about the pathosystem huanglongbing-citrus-psyllid or others vector-transmissible citrus diseases;

iii) Preferably knowledge in phenology of citrus or other perennial fruit crops;

iv) Knowledge and practical skills in experimental statistical analysis;

v) Ability to make graphs, tables and reports;

vi) Ability to write scientific papers.

Personal skills: have ability to work in teams, have independence and proactivity to develop work, be communicative and have proficiency in English. Must have driver’s license, because the work plan implies availability for constant trips to the field. 

Selective process

The opportunities are open to candidates of any nationalities.

The selection will be made primarily based on:

1) Evaluation of the candidates profile by the analysis of the candidate documents (eliminatory phase); and

2) By personal or video conference interview with selected candidates, where the abilities in the issues will be verified and other aspects may be discussed.

The result will be announced by e-mail at the end of the selection process. 

How to apply

Applications must be made until 11:00 PM July 31st 2019 (Brasília time).

Applications must be made exclusively by e-mail, with the documentation attached in a PDF format. Applications should be directed to project principal investigator Dr. Renato Beozzo Bassanezi (renato.bassanezi@fundecitrus.com.br ), with the subject “Post-doc – Phytopathology”, “Post-doc – Entomology” or “Post-doc – Horticulture”, according to the applicant’s area of interest.

The required documents are:

1) Curriculum Vitae;

2) Copy of PhD certificate;

3) Letter explaining the motivation for the position and the qualities to take part of the Project;

4) Copy of valid driver’s license.


View or Apply

Similar Positions