PhD Scholarship in Forestry

25 October 2022

The NZ School of Forestry is offering a 3-year PhD project to investigate natural durability of eucalyptus timber.

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    E. bosistoana stem cross-section

The project is in the area of decay resistance of naturally durable eucalpytus timber. 

Depending on your interest, the research of the project might include:   

 Applied approaches

  • Develop rapid methods to assess natural durability (e.g. by Near InfraRed spectroscopy) – for use in breeding programs as well as for segregation during timber processing
  • Gathering data to support inclusion of the species into international standards

 Fundamental questions

  • Investigate environmental, biological and seasonal effects on timber durability – to inform forest growers on siting
  • Identify heartwood extractives contributing to decay resistance

The scholarship will support the tuition fee and student levy plus a tax-free stipend of $NZ28,000 per year for three years.

For information on eligiblity to apply for the scholarship, please read this Briefing Document.

Applications are open until a suitable candidate has been accepted. The scholarships is available from 1 April 2023 - with a start date negotiable. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Contact Clemens Altaner ( for information.

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