Reproductive impairments in chondrichthyans: a neglected problem critical for future population success

Degree type


Closing date

18 July 2022



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

This project will explore the effects of marine contamination on the reproductive health of Chondrichthyans (sharks, rays, and chimaeras). Many marine chemical pollutants can bioaccumulate and biomagnify in different environmental compartments, including aquatic biota. The reproductive system is particularly sensitive to marine pollutants, and animals that inhabit aquatic environments are highly susceptible to exposure to chemical pollutants. Very little has been investigated on the effects of chemical pollutants on reproductive function on Chondrichthyans.

Primary Supervisor

Meet A/Prof Jayson Semmens


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.

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:

  • Relevant research experience.

Additional desirable selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Experience in the field working on boats
  • Experience undertaking laboratory analysis
  • Experience working with R to analyse biological data sets

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, A/Prof Jayson Semmens 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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