Stress phenotyping in trees

Next generation tree phenotyping for drought stress

Degree type


Closing date

31 October 2022



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

This project aims to develop novel approaches to identify drought stress tolerance in trees, working with world leaders in tree physiology and genetics from Australia and New Zealand. Cutting edge technology will be used to measure water stress and growth, both in the lab and the field, to search for genetic variation in these traits within species. The project will focus on radiata pine, a globally important species for softwood plantations, with scope to extend into iconic native tree species. The project is part of a broader research area, led by Scion (New Zealand Forest Research Ltd.) using remote sensing and artificial intelligence to develop new ways of phenotyping forest trees, with high precision at unprecedented scales. This will help to better understand how different genetic material performs in different environments, allowing us to better face the huge uncertainties in establishing and management of future forests in the face of climate change.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Tim Brodribb


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.


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

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.

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, Prof Tim Brodribb 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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