Ph.D. Scholarship in Tree Ecophysiology

University of Waikato
New Zealand
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Friday, December 1, 2017 - 00:00

Scion and University of Waikato Ph.D. Scholarship in Tree Ecophysiology
Deadline: 1st December 2017
Job Description:
Scion and the University of Waikato are seeking a Ph.D student to conduct research focused on how
different Pinus radiata genotypes respond physiologically to different site productivity drivers starting in
early 2018. This research is part of the Growing Confidence in Forestry’s Future program.
The ideal candidate would already have obtained a Master of Science in in tree ecophysiology, forest
ecology, forestry, soil science or a related discipline and has published a manuscript in a peer-reviewed
journal. The candidate should have field experience working with scientific instruments, proven problemsolving
skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, a good statistical background,
an ability to work both independently and as a productive member of a research team, and motivation to
develop, conduct, and publish their research. The candidate must have a full driver’s license, and is
confident to collect data in the field in rough terrain, remote locations, and in all weather.
The successful candidate will receive a three year scholarship to cover tuition fees and a stipend.
Research costs, including travel, will be supported by the research program. Students will be cosupervised
by Scion and the University of Waikato’s Department of Biological Sciences Clearwater Lab.
How to Apply:
If you are interested in this opportunity, please familiarize yourself with the University of Waikato
admission requirements and send a single pdf containing: (1) a 1-2 page statement of your research
interests and a summary of your professional career goals that explains why you think working in the
Clearwater Lab and with Scion’s Forest Science will help you realize these goals; (2) a current CV; (3)
unofficial transcripts showing all previous coursework, and degrees; and (4) contact information of three
references to Dr. Dean Meason ( or Dr. Michael Clearwater
( If selected to compete for this scholarship, you will be encouraged to submit
an application to the University of Waikato Postgraduate Program. Please contact Dean Meason
( with any additional questions.
Useful Links
University of Waikato:
Growing Confidence in Forestry’s Future program