Research studentship in Cyperaceae

Dave Simpson simpsond at DUX4.TCD.IE
Tue Jan 19 13:54:40 CST 1999

Department of Botany, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland

Research Studentship: The genus Scleria (Cyperaceae): molecular and
morphological systematics (supervisors: Dr. David Simpson, Dr. John Parnell
and Dr. Trevor Hodkinson).

The genus Scleria is an important pantropical group in Cyperaceae. A
studentship is available to work on the taxonomy of the genus, commencing
September 1999.  S/he will be based at Trinity College, but some time will
be spent at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew. The aims of the project will be
(i)     Develop a phylogeny of Scleria using molecular/morphological data;
(ii)    Clarify the tribal and generic boundaries between Scleria and
allied genera and to determine the outgroup;
(iii)   Carry out a morphological revision of the Asian taxa of Scleria (c.
35 species).

Applicants should have an good honours or masters degree and a strong
interest in plant systematics.  Experience of molecular and phylogenetic
techniques are desirable but not essential.  The successful applicant will
initally register for a Master's degree with transfer to a PhD dependent on
satisfactory progress.

Duration: Up to 3 years, depending on progress.  Salary: IR=A35000 pa (to
which should be added income from demonstrating). Registration fees will be
paid in addition to the salary for all EU-applicants.

Application forms and further information can be obtained from Dr. David
Simpson, Department of Botany, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland (email:
simpsond at  Completed application forms must be sent to the
Dean of Graduate Studies, Graduate Studies Office, Arts and Social Sciences
Building, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland to arrive not later
than 20th April 1999.

Dr David Simpson
Department of Botany
Trinity College
Dublin 2
Tel: 353 (0)1 702 2208

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