The Sciences Department encompasses Victoria’s natural history collections which are estimated at over 13 million specimens. It focuses on Victoria and Australasia, but also includes international material. These collections are investigated in state of the art research facilities to enhance our understanding of the evolution of the Australasian recent and fossil fauna, as well as the region’s geology.
Staff manage the acquisition, curation and registration of the collections, of which the type specimen collections are of immeasurable importance to scientists around the world.
The Sciences Department undertakes original research in the following areas:
Geosciences; Marine Biology; Terrestrial Environments; Population and Evolutionary Genetics, and Science Communication.
The Department is also involved in promoting the public understanding of science in the fields of astronomy and biotechnology.
Information for Applicants
The Museum Victoria Science Department fosters existing relationships with universities and colleges via the supervision of students undertaking post-graduate research projects with direct links to the museum’s collection. Honours and PH.D students should enquire with their university supervisors about the potential of conducting research projects with Museum Victoria.
Undergraduate students wishing to complete industry based learning programs, professional practice units or other work placements should contact the Vocational Education Coordinator. Applications will be assessed on a case by case basis with places awarded dependent upon staffing and resources.