|Title||Research Fellow – Virulence of amphibian chytridiomycosis|
|Location||James Cook University, Townsville, Australia|
Chytridiomycosis has caused amphibian declines and extinctions globally as it has spread through naïve populations. It is now endemic in much of its suitable range in Australia where it still causes high mortality rates and threatens amphibian biodiversity. We have funds to investigate mechanisms of virulence and how virulence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) is evolving as it adapts to new hosts. The project involves animal and in vitro experiments using archived and new field collected isolates to assess strain virulence, and proteomics or genomics. The fellow will help supervise students and will be able to pursue areas of interest within this framework.
The two year project is multidisciplinary and involves collaborators such as Qld Institute of Medical Research. The outcomes of the project are likely to lead to the improved conservation of amphibian biodiversity and may contribute to theories on pathogen evolution.
More information is online, see vacancy no. 12377 at http://www.jcu.edu.au/jobs/research/index.htm
Deadline: 14 December 2012 or until filled.