PhD Scholarship available to investigate an emerging tick-borne illness in Sydney
University of Technology Sydney – School of Life Sciences
City campus (predominantly). The project also involves a large component of fieldwork. Consequently, the succesful PhD candidate will be required to collect ticks from various locations in the greater Sydney metropolitan area.
Equivalent to the Research Training Program Stipend (previously known as Australian Postgraduate Award) at the 2017 base rate, as detailed here.
Join the School of Life Sciences Molecular Parasitology Research Group, in collaboration with the Department of Microbiology at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, to help uncover the aetiological agent of an emerging tick related illness in the Sydney region. Following a parliamentary inquiry into an illness of unknown aetiology associated with tick bite, we are seeking a motivated PhD student to collect ticks from Sydney and its surrounds to investigate them for the presence of microbes that could be responsible for this illness.
Eligibility and Admission Requirements:
Applicants must fulfil the criteria for PhD admission at UTS. Click here for details. The successful applicant will possess at least an undergraduate degree, preferably with training in the areas of microbiology and molecular biology, and a first class Honours or Masters degree. They will demonstrate a high level of academic achievement. Relevant industry experience will be considered. Applicants with a background in Linux/Unix operating systems and programming skills (in Perl, Python, R etc.), seeking a new challenge, with an interest in biology are strongly encouraged to apply. Due to the fieldwork component, an Australian drivers license is required. Applicants must be an Australian permanent resident or citizen.
Applicants will first submit an expression of interest (EOI) statement. This will include a short covering email, with an attached document containing a paragraph and several dot points describing your skills and justifying why they should be considered. This will be no more than one page, size 12 Arialfont with double line spacing. As part of the EOI, the applicant must also provide a complete scan of their academic transcript and degree testamur or equivalent. Following EOI shortlisting, the strongest applicants will be invited to submit a full application (FA) where a complete cover letter and CV will be provided. This will include a list of any publications, achievements and other relevant information. The FA will also include the contact details of two academic referees. The strongest FA’s will be shortlisted for interview. The interview can be performed via Skype if necessary. Interviews will be performed in English. Email all EOI’s and FA’s to Dr Joel Barratt at the email address provided below. Please include “TICK PHD” followed by either “- EOI” or “- FA” in the email subject heading where relevant.
EOI’s open 30th of January 2017. Candidates are welcome to email their EOI to Dr Barratt from that time. EOI shortlisting will commence late March to early April. Invitations to submit a FA will be dispatched late May to early June. Those shortlisted to submit a FA will be personally notified of their FA due date. Interviews will commence in July. Official enrolment in the PhD program will occur by the UTS Spring census date: 25th of August 2017.
Dr Joel Barratt
FACULTY OF NATURAL SCIENCES
CENTRE FOR APPLIED ENTOMOLOGY AND PARASITOLOGY
G-quadruplex biology in the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum
Fixed-term for 3 years
Keele University is renowned for its exciting approach to higher education, innovative research, beautiful campus, strong community spirit and excellent student experience. With a turnover in excess of £134 million, over 10,000 students and a total staff of approximately 2000, the University provides high quality teaching across a wide range of academic and vocational subjects and promotes world-class research. Further information can be found at http://www.keele.ac.uk.
This post represents an exciting opportunity to join the laboratory of Dr Catherine Merrick, studying G-quadruplex nucleic acid structures and the helicases that unwind them in Plasmodium falciparum. Our recent work suggests that these may form a novel mechanism for controlling the transcription and recombination of var virulence genes, as well as the stability and evolution of the parasite genome as a whole. For further details, see Harris & Merrick, Plos Pathogens 2015 and Stanton et al., BMC Genomics 2016. A range of cutting-edge ‘omic-level techniques, together with molecular genetics, will be employed and the project will be supported by a dedicated technician.
Applicants should hold a PhD in genomics, molecular biology or parasitology, with skills in cell culture, molecular biology and genomics/bioinformatics. Experience of Plasmodium molecular genetics is desirable but not essential. The appointee will benefit from the excellent facilities and diverse expertise of malaria biologists at Keele’s Centre for Applied Entomology and Parasitology (CAEP).
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For full post details and to apply please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/vacancies
Closing date for applications: Feb 5th 2017
Interviews will be held on: ~late February
Post reference: KU00000362
DNA replication dynamics in the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum
Fixed-term for 5 years
Keele University is renowned for its exciting approach to higher education, innovative research, beautiful campus, strong community spirit and excellent student experience. With a turnover in excess of £134 million, over 10,000 students and a total staff of approximately 2000, the University provides high quality teaching across a wide range of academic and vocational subjects and promotes world-class research. Further information can be found at http://www.keele.ac.uk
These posts represent an exciting opportunity to join the laboratory of Dr Catherine Merrick, working on an ERC-funded project to study DNA replication in Plasmodium falciparum. Dr Merrick recently developed a novel technique to follow DNA replication in malaria parasites at the whole cell, genomic, and single-molecule levels (see Merrick, Malar J. 2015). This large-scale project will now examine replication and the cell cycle at several stages of the Plasmodium lifecycle, using a range of cutting-edge techniques in molecular genetics and genomics. The project will be supported by a dedicated technician.
Applicants should hold a PhD in molecular biology, genomics or parasitology, with skills in cell culture, molecular biology and/or genomics and bioinformatics. Experience of Plasmodium molecular genetics is desirable but not essential. The appointee will benefit from the excellent facilities and diverse expertise of malaria biologists at Keele’s Centre for Applied Entomology and Parasitology (CAEP).
For full post details and to apply please visit: http://www.keele.ac.uk/vacancies
Post reference: KU00000361
Are you interested in vector ecology and next generation sequencing techniques? Would you like to learn advanced molecular techniques in a vibrant research group at Murdoch University? Our group is investigating potentially pathogenic microorganisms in ticks as part of an ARC-funded project entitled “Tiresome ticks: Ecology and transmission of tick-borne disease in Australia”. We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic PhD student to be involved with every aspect of this highly relevant and exciting research. Some background in next generation sequencing is desirable.
A stipend of $27K is available to Australian citizens and permanent resident applicants. Please contact Professor Peter Irwin (P.Irwin@murdoch.edu.au) for more information.