Views 3181 Fellowships Application Deadline: Monday, 09 July 2012
Requirements: Candidates must be South African citizens, in possession of a drivers licence and able to drive to field sites, prepared to work with hazardous insects, able to work in a team, have a strong academic record, and interested in doing applied research on risks to biodiversity. Background in entomology or pest control is an advantage, but not essential.
Bursary Values (to cover living expenses and university fees; no additional bursaries may be held concurrently):
- Masters R60,000.00 p.a. for 2 years;
- Doctoral R80,000.00 p.a. for 3 years
Projects offered: Project running expenses will be covered separately and the candidate will be based and registered as per the academic supervisors listed in the various projects below:
- MSc 1: Spatial extent, density and invasive dynamics of Vespula germanica. Supervised by Dr Ruan Veldtman and Dr Pia Addison; based at the Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, Stellenbosch University.
- MSc 2: Population impacts of Polistes dominulus on indigenous prey and congener species. Supervised by Dr Francois Roets, Prof Michael Samways and Dr Ruan Veldtman; based at the Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, Stellenbosch University.
- MSc 3: Influence of landscape type on the abundance of Vespula germanica and Polistes dominulus, and possible disruption of pollination systems in fynbos. Supervised by Prof Mike Picker and Dr Jonathan Colville; based at the Department of Zoology, University of Cape Town.
- MSc 4: Influence of colony size and temperature on Polistes dominulus foraging rates. Supervised by Mr Matthew Addison and Dr John Terblanche; based at the Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, Stellenbosch University.
- PhD: Developing a monitoring system and management strategy for Vespula germanica and Polistes dominulus. Supervised by Dr Ruan Veldtman, Dr Pia Addison and Mr Matthew Addison; based at the Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, Stellenbosch University.
Application procedure: Each application is to be accompanied by a standard bursary application cover sheet (attached to this advert). MSc candidates please indicate the specific project that you are applying for in your letter of interest. Send all documents to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Invasive Wasp bursaries" in the subject line.
Applications close Monday 9 July 2012 at 12:00 and successful candidates will be notified by 17 July 2012.
Enquiries: Ms Carol Poole C.Poole@sanbi.org.za