Applications are now open for the 2012 - 2013 Kings Park summer scholarships.
These scholarships provide the opportunity for talented students contemplating honours or post-graduate research in native plant conservation biology or restoration ecology to undertake a 12-week research project, under supervision of scientists within the Biodiversity Conservation Centre, Kings Park and Botanic Garden.
Scholarships include a tax-free stipend of $8000 for a period of 12 weeks and operating costs, to commence in early December 2012.
The Science Directorate at Kings Park and Botanic Garden undertakes integrated research focused largely on practical outcomes in the conservation of threatened native plants, bushland restoration and native plant breeding. Research is focused within 7 key areas: restoration ecology, conservation genetics, conservation biotechnology, off-site germplasm conservation, seed biology, ecophysiology and orchid conservation. The Science team occupies the Biodiversity Conservation Centre within Kings Park, comprising offices and dedicated state-of-the-art research laboratories within a stunning natural setting.
Senior research staff include Dr Kingsley Dixon (Director), Dr Siegy Krauss (Conservation Geneticist), Dr Eric Bunn (Conservation Biotechnologist), Dr David Merritt (Seed Conservation Scientist), Dr Jason Stevens (Restoration Ecophysiologist), Dr Ben Miller (Restoration Ecologist), and Dr Shane Turner (Conservation Biotechnologist). In addition, we currently have more than 20 externally funded research scientists, numerous postgraduate students and research support staff comprising a major research team of more than 65 people.
Interested candidates should initially consult the Science section on this website and approach scientific staff within Kings Park for discussion of possible projects. Written applications should then consist of a one page expression of interest giving a brief academic background and description of the intended summer scholarship research project. A brief covering letter, curriculum vitae and the names of two academic referees should also be submitted.
Applications should be submitted by mail or (preferably) email to Dr Siegy Krauss.
Applications closed Friday 26 October 2012.
Applicants will be notified of the decision by Friday 2 November 2012.