Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Research Fellow in Agriculture

Wagga Wagga, Murrumbidgee Region, Australia
28 Jun 2017
End of advertisement period
25 Jul 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Full time, Fixed term (until June 2018)
  • Level A/B – $64,482 to $109,391 p.a (Plus 9.5% Superannuation)
  • Wagga Wagga

The National Wine & Grape Industry Centre (NWGIC) is an alliance of Charles Sturt University (CSU), NSW Department of Primary Industry (DPI) and the NSW Wine Industry Association (NSW WIA), and brings together experts in oenology and viticulture.

The NWGIC provides a continuum of research from the vine to wine. Research foci are linked to: Grapevine physiology, Eco-physiology of berry ripening and fruit composition, Vine disease management, Wine chemistry, Process engineering, Sensory and consumer sciences.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will contribute to a research team investigating aspects of how grapevine diseases affect grape and wine quality. The project will address issues of grapevine bunch rot detection / differentiation, the impact bunch rots have on wine quality (including determination of thresholds for botrytis and other rots in wine) and remedial techniques for taint removal. During the course of the project analytical techniques, such as FTIR, GC/MS, HPLC and enzyme assays will be established to achieve the project goals. The project will initially concentrate on three diseases, Botrytis grey mould, Aspergillus rot and Penicillium rot and will utilise both laboratory-infected and naturally infected material from vineyard sites.

The work will establish thresholds for fungal contamination of wine and techniques to ameliorate faults during wine production. The project is funded by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA). Applicants are expected to apply online and address the selection criteria listed in the position description.

Applications close: 25 July 2017