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Understanding timber drying defects

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Utilisation of plantation grown eucalypts is often restricted to low value pulp chips as drying the timber without defects is challenging. To allow their use for higher value solid wood products it is essential to understand drying defects.
The NZ School of Forestry at the University of Canterbury is offering a 3 year PhD project to investigate drying defects of eucalyptus timber, in particular collapse. The research focus of the project might include:
Applied approaches
• Test if alternative drying methods reduce drying defects
• Investigate alternative sensors to control drying schedules
• Explore genetic control over drying behaviour
Fundamental questions
• Study wood anatomical features of collapse prone wood
• Probe cell wall and sap chemistry in relation to collapse
• Model the physical effects during timber drying

The ideal applicant will have a GPA of 7.0 (A-) or higher, a four-year bachelor degree with first class honours or a Master’s degree in a wood science& technology, biomaterials or related field. Candidates must have a valid driver’s licence and be willing to undertake both field and lab work.
The scholarship is available from 1 February 2020 (start date negotiable). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Applications must include:
• A full Curriculum Vitae, INCLUDING your University transcript (i.e. list of grades).
• The names of at least two people who can act as referees.
• A statement of your research interests and when you could begin your PhD research.
• Evidence of English language proficiency. If English is not your first language, international applicants must meet the University’s English language requirements (e.g. IELTS ≥ 6.5; TOEFEL ≥ 90). See for details.

The University of Canterbury is located in Christchurch, a small city in the beautiful South Island of New Zealand. The city’s central location in the South Island gives easy access to both coasts as well as the Southern Alps and a range of other unique environments.

Funding Notes

The available scholarship covers full university fees and a stipend of $22,000 p.a. for three years.

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