Comparative phylogenomics of drought resilience traits in Eucalyptus

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

29 October 2021

Campus

Hobart

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

This project will exploit recent eucalypt phylogenies to understand the evolution of key adaptive traits that have made eucalypts so successful in the Australian environment. It will link climatic tolerance limits in eucalypts to variation in key functional traits involved in resilience to drought, and test for convergence in the genomic control of these adaptation syndromes.

The project will be embedded in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Success which aims to build transdisciplinary approaches to understand how plants succeed in natural and agricultural systems. Involvement in the CoE will provide excellent support and opportunities for students to grow as part of a diverse community of researchers.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Rebecca Jones

Funding

Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.

Eligibility

The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international applicants who are already in Australia (onshore) at the time of submitting their application.

Due to current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions the University cannot accept applications from international applicants who are currently overseas.

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements and the following additional eligibility criteria specific to this project:

  • Applicants must already have been awarded a first-class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills
  • Degree-level undergraduate education in plant science, genetics and evolution, mathematics or a related subject

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Additional essential selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Knowledge and research experience of phylogenetics, plant physiology, plant adaptation and evolution, forest trees (particularly eucalypts)
  • Excellent written and verbal scientific communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a research team
  • High quality academic record

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select the project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Rebecca Jones, if you have any questions about the project; and
  3. Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including contact details of two referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email.

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