Title PhD in Molecular Parasitology (Tick-Borne Disease) at Murdoch University
Salary $30,000 stipend (tax free)
Location Murdoch University, Perth, WA
Job Information

Are you interested in discovering and characterising pathogens using cutting-edge molecular techniques?  Would you like to learn advanced next generation sequencing and bioinformatics in a vibrant research group at Murdoch University?  Our research group is studying potentially pathogenic microorganisms in ticks.

Currently in Australia there is community concern and uncertainty about the occurrence, diversity and distribution of tick-associated pathogens. The primary objective of this project is to systematically characterize and map potentially zoonotic tick-borne organisms (bacteria, rickettsiae and protozoa) using a new molecular toolkit. This project will create important data about vector-pathogen-host ecologies in Australia and provide new understanding about the potential risk for humans and companion animals of tick-borne disease, nationwide.

The research will involves quantitative PCR (qPCR and digital droplet) and the application of 454 and Ion Torrent deep sequencing. Successful applicants will be actively involved in both laboratory-based and fieldwork. We seek an enthusiastic PhD student to be involved with every aspect of this highly relevant and exciting research that is fully-funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant.

The PhD studentship is available from the end of 2013/early 2014 for the duration of three years.  A stipend of $30K per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand students in addition to some relocation expenses.  The successful applicant will have an Honours degree (IIA minimum) or a research Masters degree, with experience in molecular biological techniques in a relevant discipline.  Please contact Associate Professor Peter Irwin (P.Irwin@murdoch.edu.au), Professor Una Ryan (Una.Ryan@murdoch.edu.au) or Dr Charlotte Oskam (C.Oskam@murdoch.edu.au) with your CV if you would like to obtain more information.