One graduate student position (Masters or Ph.D.-level) is available in Dr. Simone Diego Castellarin’s lab in the Wine Research Centre, at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC, Canada). The position has been created to provide research support for a collaborative project with the BC Wine and Grape Council looking at the impact of major viticultural practices, such as deficit irrigation strategies and crop size adjustments, on the aromatic and phenolic profile of white grapes and wines. The student will gain experience in field related physiological measurements that will be carried out in the Okanagan Valley, volatile organic compound and phenolic analyses through GC-MS and LC-MS, and molecular techniques to assess the expression of genes involved in the production of aromatics and phenolics in grapes.
The ideal candidate will have some experience in plant biology and/or agricultural science, and have strong interests in viticulture and grapevine physiology.
The Castellarin Laboratory is distinguished for its research on molecular viticulture and grapevine physiology, with a particular focus on specialized metabolism (volatile organic compounds and phenolic compounds) in grapes. This research aims to promote the development of new practices to increase grape and wine quality in British Columbia and Canadian vineyards. The student will be joining a supportive team involved in diverse projects and experienced in a wide variety of techniques and approaches, from genomics and bioinformatics to applied viticulture. For further information about our research, please visit our website.
Proposed start date: June 1, 2016. Potential applicants should send their curriculum vitae, unofficial academic transcripts, and names of three references to Simone D. Castellarin (firstname.lastname@example.org).