University of Auckland PhD Scholarship: Statistics for high dimensional longitudinal data, with applications in Wine Science

Includes fees for 3 Three years and a tax-free annual stipend of  $27,500 NZD.

The Vineyard Ecology Project is a  MBIE funded collaboration between New Zealand Winegrowers, the University of Auckland, and Plant and Food Research.  This project is producing several high dimensional datasets (including soil metagenome, soil chemistry, grape juice metabolome), as well as measures of vineyard health, from a collection of vineyards followed over a six year period.  This PhD project will use multivariate techniques to understand the relationships within and between these datasets, how they evolve over time, and how they are related to vineyard management.  This will involve both sophisticated application of  existing techniques, and development of new statistical methodology suitable to this context.   Applicants should have an honors degree in Statistics (or equivalent) and be familiar with the R computing language.   Ideally candidates will have some foundation in multivariate analysis.

The candidate will work with an interdisciplinary team including statisticians, biologists, chemists, and wine industry representatives. You will have the opportunity to make and attend presentations, seminars, and conferences within New Zealand’s wine industry, as well as more traditional statistics conferences and seminars.

A July 2019 start is ideal but there is some flexibility. Applications received before 1 May will receive full consideration. International students are encouraged to apply.

To apply, send

-A current CV

-Full academic transcripts

-Cover letter

-Contact details of two referees