Eucalypt hybridisation and drought

The impact of hybridisation on drought resilience traits in Eucalyptus

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

6 March 2023

Campus

Hobart

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International

About the research project

This project will investigate how hybridisation and introgression may enhance the adaptive capacity of eucalypts.  It will examine the impact of hybridisation on key physiological traits involved in resilience to drought, and how this might contribute to range expansion and future climate adaptation in this iconic Australian group.

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 $28,854 per annum (2022 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

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus
  • 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

Applicants from the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • Degree-level undergraduate education in plant science, plant physiology, genetics and evolution or a related subject
  • Knowledge of forest trees (particularly eucalypts)

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:

  • Research experience in the fields of plant physiology and/or genetics and evolution
  • 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 your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Rebecca Jones to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. 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 2 x 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 by the advertised outcome date.

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