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UC PhD scholarship

Check out this exciting UC PhD Scholarship “Applying novel mass spectrometry (REIMS)  to detect insect biosecurity threats“.

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You will have a first class honours or Masters degree in biology or chemistry and demonstrated competence in statistical analysis

If you have prior experience using mass spectrometry, competence in multivariate analysis and/or machine learning and an interest in entomology, that would be ideal.

You will be working at New Zealand’s only Rapid Evaporative Ionisation Spectrometry (REIMS) facility. REIMS is an novel mass spectrometry interface that is used to check the provenance of food.  Within seconds, a metabolic fingerprint classifies a sample.

You will apply REIMS to plant health biosecurity. An effective biosecurity system is crucial to protect New
Zealand’s primary production base and unique environment. A particularly difficult challenge is the rapid
identification of insect threats, especially where endemic species look similar to unwanted pest species. With the habitat range of pest insects changing with climate change and trade patterns, rapid
detection is crucial to inform biosecurity response operations.

Supervised by Assoc. Prof. Steve Pawson, UCBI, Assoc. Prof. Alastair Ross, AgResearch, Dr Karen Armstrong, Lincoln University and supported by Better Border Biosecurity (B3).

28K  + fees per annum for 3 years, applications close 31 Jan 2023.

Check out our scholarships and projects on https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/biosecurity-innovations/scholarships-and-projects/.

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Fantastic fulltime job in biosecurity

Do you want a fantastic fulltime job in biosecurity?

Are you into engineering, plastics, design, 3D printing, CAD and product development? Are you interested in conservation?

Envico Technologies in Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, works nationally and internationally with leaders in conservation to eradicate introduced animals from remote islands.

Supported by Predator Free 2050 and UC Biosecurity Innovations, EnvicoTech invites your expressions of interest to improve an aspect of the spitfire devices, prototype and test it, then identify a manufacturer to produce it.

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To protect our unique flora and fauna, EnvicoTech have made 3 different “spitfires” for control of stoats, possums and rats.

Possum spitfire EnvicoTech

Rodent spitfire Envicotech

Stoat spitfire Envicotech

The “Spitfires”  are a long-life targeted-toxin delivery device for remote locations.  A sensor detects the target animal based on physical features.  Once the target  is detected,  a  dose of liquid toxin is sprayed onto their fur. The device then resets. The animal ingests the poison when it grooms and is humanely killed.