Title Postdoctoral research associate position available in the Marine Genomics Project in Korea
Salary commensurate with experience
Location Seoul in South Korea
Job Information

The Marine Genome 100+ Korea project, a newly initiated, large-scale marine genomics project, aims to determine whole genome sequences and transcriptomes of > 100 selected marine species. The research team is seeking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic person (postdoc or senior research associate, depending on one’s research career or achievement) who is able to work as one of our research team member.

The candidate will be primarily involved in analysis of NGS (Next Generation Sequencing) data particularly from marine invertebrates using phylogenomics and comparative genomics approaches. The ideal candidate should have finished — a PhD in bioinformatics, with experience in the analysis of Next Generation Sequencing data.

The candidate will be responsible for:

  • Managing NGS data and analyses
  • Proactively identifying and incorporating new algorithms and technology to automate the analysis of marine genomes and to extend the features of existing analysis pipeline
  • Participating in a team of scientists to offer bioinformatics, genomics, transcriptomics and other omics solutions
  • Training research staffs on the use of relevant bioinformatics software and tools

The successful candidate is required to possess the following:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent in Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, Genomics, Marine Biology or related field and experiences in two or more of the following areas: comparative genomics, transcriptome sequencing analysis, phylogenetic analysis, and/or genome wide association studies;
  • Experience with bioinformatics analyses, including programming in any scripting language (e.g. PERL or Python) and ability to handle a large data set efficiently using scripts, particularly in the analysis of NGS data;
  • Experienced skill for commercial and open-source bioinformatics tools and various public genomic databases;
  • Genome assembly of de novo genomes;
  • Knowledge of statistical software tools and packages (e.g. R);
  • Evidence of excellence in research and high productivity.

Applicants should send a short research statement (including past, present, and future goals), CV, and the names and email addresses of at least 3 potential references as a single pdf file to Prof. Joong-Ki Park (Project PI: E-mail: jkpark@ewha.ac.kr).

Title Professor of Animal Biology, La Trobe University
Salary LEVEL E – Professor (Animal Biology)
Location Melbourne Bundoora
Job Information

As part of La Trobe University’s ongoing commitment to solving real world problems at the regional, national and international level, the University has created four new positions dedicated to the development of Agricultural and Life Sciences research within the newly formed Department of Animal, Plant and Soil Science. Two appointments will be at Level E (Professor) and two at Level C/D (Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor) and expected to contribute and expand existing extensive Agricultural and Life Sciences research programs. The appointees will be physically located in AgriBio, a state of art facility to support Agriculture and Biotechnology research. The facility contains numerous plant growth and containment, animal (both small and large) holding, and central platform research facilities to support research in a variety of disciplines. AgriBio also provides a next generation sequencing facility dedicated to agricultural research, NMR, mass spectrometry and microscopy supported by dedicated technical staff. AgriBio houses 500 research staff from the University and the Victorian State Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources that together develop innovative, novel and multi-disciplinary approaches to support agriculture and food production in the coming decades.

Research at AgriBio currently encompasses a wide variety of disciplines relating to Agriculture and Life Sciences and is a major component of one on the University’s five Research focus areas; namely, Securing Food, Water and the Environment. The unique environment combines University, State and Industry based researchers within a single environment dedicated to undertaking research that develops aspects of agriculture, animal and plant health and disease, horticulture, biosecurity, soil science and animal and plant cell biology. A research focus to use ‘omic’ based technologies in translational research is strongly supported by central research facilities. Research in AgriBio is supported by a variety of government (state, federal and international), industry and philanthropic sources, and it houses nodes of both ARC Centres of Excellence and CRCs. The appointees would be expected to contribute to maintaining and increasing La Trobe University’s strengths in the national research priorities of Food and Soil and Water. AgriBio’s vision aligns with these national research priorities, carrying out research that will underpin sustainable agricultural production in the coming decades.

For this position, you will be employed as a Level E academic and expected to have an internationally recognised track record of high quality publications and grants in the field of Animal Biology. Current areas of strength include vaccine development and genomic approaches for precision and accelerated breeding for agricultural applications. A key aspect of the role will be to work with individuals and other research teams in University and state based organisations, for example in animal breeding, animal disease monitoring and prevention, animal biology related to quality traits for food and nutrition. The Professor will be expected to act as a research leader, growing and shaping a new team of researchers and higher degree students in Animal Biology and related disciplines. The position therefore represents an exciting opportunity for an established and/or aspiring research leader to explore new areas in Animal Biology within a novel, innovative and dynamic research environment with ambition for accelerated research funding growth.

The Professor will be excellent at working collaboratively with a range of researchers across Animal Biology and Agricultural Sciences.  They will be enthusiastic to develop a team that will grow largely supported by external funding, but with co-investment from La Trobe. The Professor will be an excellent mentor for new and early career staff and have a high quality network of national and international researchers with whom they collaborate. They will have an entrepreneurial and innovative approach to securing funding and will be keen to foster collaborative research partnerships with La Trobe’s strong network of partners in Agricultural, Environmental and Life Sciences.

The Professor will also show strong leadership within their School and Department, setting an example in research development, applications and mentoring, and by also assisting the Head of School to promote a robust research culture. The Professor will be expected to undertake teaching appropriate to the role, but the principal focus will be research leadership and development. All Professors are members of the University’s Academic Board and are expected to contribute to the leadership of their School, College and the University as a whole.

Showing strong commitment to this position, La Trobe University will provide establishment funds and a number of PhD Scholarships in the initial years.

Duties include:

Conduct and lead innovative and high impact research at an internationally distinguished level and produce high quality publications resulting from that research

  • Obtain research income from a variety of sources, including nationally competitive grants, individually, and with other colleagues in the College/University and external partners
  • Develop a high profile for animal sciences at La Trobe University, particularly adding value to existing research programs in animal biology and related areas
  • Provide leadership, foster excellence and advancement of the research discipline.
  • Mentor and support the development of more junior research staff within the School/College/University
  • Supervise Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students.
  • Encourage and promote a robust and innovative research culture at all levels within the University
  • Contribute to broader leadership processes with the University
  • Provide academic leadership in the teaching of the discipline
  • Contribute to teaching and participate in course level curriculum design, development and co-ordination, leading where appropriate
  • Participate in community and professional activities related to the discipline, including involvement in commercial and industrial sectors where appropriate
  • Build collaborative and sustainable relationships with, and act as an expert advisor/consultant to industry and other external organisations
  • Promote and represent the University and discipline/profession by participating in appropriate local, national and international organisations and events
  • Undertake other duties commensurate with the classification and scope of the position as required by the Head of School

Key Selection Criteria

  • PhD in an appropriate discipline, with evidence of research experience of high impact and significance in animal biology.
  • A national and international network of collaborators.
  • Evidence of working across a range of diverse discipline areas in animal biology and related disciplines.
  • Demonstrated effective leadership and management experience in building and leading research teams and financial management of grants for research projects.
  • Demonstrated experience supervising, mentoring and fostering the research activities of others.
  • Evidence of high quality teaching, including a sustained record of successful supervision of research higher degree students.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in successful external research funding applications through competitive grants, contracts and/or consultancies.

Other relevant information:

  • The position description is indicative of the initial expectation of the role and subject to changes to University goals and priorities, activities or focus of the job.

Closing date: 4 September 2015
Position Enquiries: Professor Jim Whelan, AgriBioscience
T +61 3 9032 7488 E j.whelan@latrobe.edu.au
If you would like the opportunity to work in a challenging, outcome-focused
environment where you can be the difference, please apply via www.latrobe.edu.au/jobs 

La Trobe Values

At La Trobe, we

  • take a world view
  • pursue ideas and excellence with energy
  • treat people with respect and work together
  • are open, friendly and honest
  • hold ourselves accountable for making great things happen.

Title Dean, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University
Location Canada
Job Information

McGill University is seeking an outstanding individual with demonstrated  leadership, excellence in scholarship, and administrative abilities to become  the next Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (FAES).

McGill University has established a global reputation for academic and research  excellence across a wide-ranging number of disciplines that distinguishes it  as Canada’s most international university and a leader in higher education.
Information about McGill can be found at www.mcgill.ca. FAES is housed on  McGill’s Macdonald Campus, located on a beautiful 650 hectare waterfront  setting on the western tip of the Island of Montreal. The Macdonald Campus
contains state-of-the-art facilities for teaching, training and research, an  arboretum, working animal and seed farms, horticulture centre and  greenhouses, and is connected to the downtown campus by public transit  and a McGill-operated shuttle service.

FAES comprises the following academic units, all of which have both strong  undergraduate and graduate programs: Agricultural Economics, Animal Science,  Bioresource Engineering, Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Natural
Resource Sciences, Plant Science, the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition,  and the Institute of Parasitology. In addition, the Dean of FAES presides over the  multi-Faculty program housed in the McGill School of Environment. The Faculty
has approximately 1400 undergraduates, 500 graduate students, over 100  tenured and tenure-track academic staff, as well as lecturers and other teaching  staff, professionals, and administrative and support staff. The Faculty has strong
research programs that are supported by national and provincial competitive  funding programs. Further information about McGill’s Faculty of Agricultural  and Environmental Sciences may be found at www.mcgill.ca/macdonald.

Reporting directly to the Provost, the Dean of FAES is expected to possess the expertise and vision to lead the Faculty in teaching, research and scholarship, and service. He/she will be an innovative thinker and excellent communicator and will be committed to interdisciplinary teaching and research and the success of all students, faculty and staff. Experience in building diverse and collaborative teams, relating to a range of partners including local communities and municipal, provincial and federal governments, and an interest in or experience with fundraising will be important assets. The new Dean must have, or be willing to develop, the skills to work in French as well as English.

McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It  welcomes applications from indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic  minorities, persons with disabilities, women, persons of minority sexual  orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to further  diversification. All qualified candidates will be considered; Canadians and  permanent residents will be given priority.

The review of nominations, applications, and expressions of interest will begin  immediately and will continue until the position is successfully filled. This  appointment is for a five-year renewable term, and will take effect 1 July 2015
or as soon thereafter as possible. Applications and nominations should include  a letter of introduction, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references  (who will not be contacted without consent of the candidate) and be forwarded
electronically in confidence, to:
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Location Durham, NC, U.S.A.
Job Information

SCYNEXIS is currently recruiting scientists to work in our parasitology drug discovery group. They  are looking for people to develop assays, test experimental compounds, and work with a multidisciplinary team to find new antiparasitic drugs, primarily aimed for control of helminths and arthropods. We are interested in candidates with a Ph.D. and postgraduate experience, particularly if they have experience working in a pharmaceutical or biotech company, although we welcome applications from outstanding candidates at all levels.

Please contact Dr Bakela Nare,    (bakela.nare@scynexis.com or 919.206.7287), or send their c.v. to the address below.

Bakela Nare, PhD
Director of Biology


3501-C Tricenter Blvd
Durham, NC   27713

Attn.: Human Resources


Title PhD in Molecular Parasitology Ticks and Tick-Borne Disease
Salary A stipend of ~$30K per annum is available to Australian and New Zealand students in addition to some relocation expenses.
Location Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia
Job Information

Are you interested in discovering and characterising pathogens using cutting-edge molecular techniques?   Would you like to know more about vector-borne diseases and learn advanced next generation sequencing and bioinformatics in a vibrant research group at Murdoch University?   We are studying potentially pathogenic microorganisms in ticks that have been collected Australia-wide from people and animals, and from the environment.   The research spans microscope-based parasitological techniques through to advanced molecular biology using the ion semiconductor (Ion Torrent) platform for deep sequencing and metagenomics of bacterial and protozoal organisms.   Successful applicants will be involved in fieldwork and in the lab. 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.

Please contact Associate Professor Peter Irwin, Vector- and Water-borne Pathogen Research Group, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, Murdoch University, South Street, MURDOCH, WA 6150, or email: P.Irwin@murdoch.edu.au, with your CV if you would like to obtain more information.

Title PhD scholarship available at Murdoch University
Salary The stipend is $30,000 pa, tax-free.
Location Murdoch University, Perth
Job Information

A PhD scholarship is available for an ARC Linkage project entitled “Innovative approaches to understanding and limiting the public health risks of Cryptosporidium and Giardia in animals in Australian catchments”.

Project Background: Cryptosporidium and Giardia are the major public health concern of water utilities worldwide and are responsible for disease in a wide range of hosts including humans. Of the waterborne protozoan parasitic outbreaks that have been reported worldwide between 2004 and 2010, Cryptosporidium and Giardia were responsible for 95.5% of outbreaks. Cryptosporidium can be fatal in the immunocompromised and treatment failures are common. Both parasites are environmentally stable stage and are able to survive and penetrate routine wastewater treatment and are resistant to inactivation by commonly used drinking water disinfectants including chlorine. This proposal will target a key knowledge gap; the lack of quantitative data on human infectious species. Cryptosporidium and Giardia in animals and human sewage in catchments across Australia will be analysed using next generation sequencing and quantitative PCR. Quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) based on this data will be used to develop improved catchment management and risk mitigation strategies.

We are looking for a hard-working motivated student to work with a team with extensive experience and expertise in this area.

The studentship is available from late 2013/early 2014 for a duration of three years. The stipend is $30,000 pa, tax-free. The scholarship is open to Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. The successful applicant will have an honours degree, upper IIA minimum, or research masters in a relevant discipline.


For more information contact: Prof. Una Ryan, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences on (08) 9360 2482 or email an application, including a full CV and an introductory letter describing any relevant experiences that would make you a suitable candidate, together with contact details for two referees to Una Ryan at: Una.Ryan@murdoch.edu.au