2014 PhD Bursary: Reptile Phylogeography Project

Title: 2014 PhD Bursary: Reptile Phylogeography Project 
Organisation: SANBI
Location: South Africa
Application deadline: 8 November 2013 at 16h00
Website/full details: 2014 PhD Bursary: Reptile Phylogeography Project 

Description: The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) is offering one PhD bursary to conduct research on phylogeography and biogeography in Southern African reptiles. The project is funded by the Mellon Foundation and SANBI’s Molecular Ecology Programme.

Candidates must be South African citizens, in possession of a driver’s licence and have an MSc in Zoology.
Candidates must have experience in the following:

  • conducting independent field work with snakes and other reptiles (plus a willingness to conduct field work in difficult conditions),
  • experience with 4×4 driving (with formal training advantageous),
  • knowledge of distribution and diversity of southern African snake taxa,
  • laboratory protocols for gathering genetic data (namely DNA sequencing),
  • familiarity with species distribution modelling and GIS applications.

All applications will be considered with the understanding that preference will be given to
suitable candidates from the designated groups.

Bursary value (to cover living expenses and university fees):

  • R135 000,00/year for 3 years

Project running expenses will be covered separately. An opportunity exists for the student to work overseas with international collaborators pending sufficient budget.