[Coral-List] Reef Ecology PhD and MSc Student Fellowships @ KAUST

Michael Berumen michael.berumen at kaust.edu.sa
Fri Dec 7 06:57:28 EST 2012

Dear Colleagues,
We are now considering applications for full fellowships to commence MSc and PhD studies in the Reef Ecology Lab at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. The PhD fellowship is associated with the "Biodiversity of Saudi Arabian Coral Reefs" project at KAUST.
Please see below for further information.
Michael Berumen
Ph.D. and MSc Student Fellowships - Reef Ecology
Application Deadline: 15 January 2013 
Starting Date: August 2013 
We seek to enlist a Ph.D. student in the Marine Science program at KAUST with a background in marine ecology, statistics, database management, and strong computational skills. Significant research and field experience, as well as experience with phylogenetics and/or phylogeography is preferred.  The successful candidate will join the 'Reef Ecology' group of PI Michael Berumen within the Red Sea Research Center in KAUST. The group is collaborating in an international framework to catalogue biodiversity of coral reefs along Saudi Arabia's extensive coastline. Potential projects include taxonomic survey/revision of a focal group, phylogenetics or phylogeography of Red Sea organisms, large-scale demographic studies, and other projects aligning with the goals of the biodiversity study.  The position will involve diving, labwork, and field trip participation.

Potential MSc students with strong backgrounds relevant to any current projects conducted in the Reef Ecology Lab (http://reefecology.kaust.edu.sa) are welcome to apply for MSc studies commencing in Aug 2013. The KAUST Marine Science MSc requires that all students complete a research-based thesis. External co-supervision is encouraged, representing an opportunity for international collaboration with fieldwork based in the Red Sea. 
KAUST is a dynamic, new, coeducational international university campus and community. Opened in September 2009, the campus is located directly on the Red Sea shore just north of Jeddah and is ideally equipped for marine biology research. High throughput, Next-Gen sequencing facilities are on-site as are marine operations facilities (including several boats dedicated for research activities). All student fellowship packages include full fellowship support for the duration of the degree (1.5 years for MS, 3 years for PhD), providing a highly competitive stipend (US$20,000-30,000 annually) as well as full tuition awards, housing, health insurance, etc.
For full consideration for these fellowships, applicants must submit a complete application via the KAUST website (www.kaust.edu.sa) by the January 15th deadline. To discuss areas of mutual research interest relevant to your application, you may send a brief summary of qualifications and area of research interest via email. Due to the volume of emails received, general inquiries which do not specify areas of research overlap may not be answered. Please also include a current curriculum vitae.

All applicants should be aware that a final determination of suitability for admission to the Marine Science program cannot be made without receipt of a complete application via the KAUST Admissions website and review by the Admissions Committee. 

Michael L. Berumen 
Assistant Professor of Marine Science and Engineering
PI Reef Ecology Lab 
Red Sea Research Center 
King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (www.kaust.edu.sa) 
Work phone: (+966) 547700019 
Mobile Phone: (+966) 28082376 
Web: http://reefecology.kaust.edu.sa/
michael.berumen at kaust.edu.sa

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