Herbal Authentication and Essential Oil Projects and Internships

SCPS Analytical Research Laboratory

A range of opportunities exist for work experience (internships) and research projects in this SCU Therapeutic Goods Administration accredited laboratory.


Availability: Open

Time required: Not yet defined

Duration: Not yet defined

Location: Level 3 T Block, SCPS, Southern Cross Plant Science,
Military Rd
, Lismore, South Australia, Australia

Requires face to face contact:  Yes



The Analytical Research Laboratory in Southern Cross Plant Science undertakes commercial work and research specialising in chemical analysis of plant products and other biological substances. By facilitating student projects and internships the ARL aims to provide students with relevant training and experience in laboratory research and commercial practice.


Internship students would contribute to the day to day commercial operations of the ARL including sample preparation and range of chemical analyses, for herbal authentication, phytochemical quantification, essential oil and lipid profiling. Project students would undertake specific research projects negotiated with a supervisor, such as investigating botanical origin and sample conformance in herbal authentication, novel uses for Australian medicinal plants or analysis of chemical diversity in extracts from Citrus and Passiflowers.


The need to train students in good laboratory practice and provide opportunities that may encourage future higher degree research.



Internships and research projects in the ARL would provide students with hands on training and direct laboratory experience in good laboratory practice, sample preparation, chemical analysis and/or databasing.



Motivated and interested students


High quality academic and laboratory supervision, a broad range of precision analytical equipment, consumables etc