Title Research opportunity: Pets, Parasites and People – University of Melbourne
Job Information

Research opportunity: Pets,  Parasites and People – Epidemiological investigation of companion animal endoparasites in Australia.

Project

Pets,  Parasites and People – Epidemiological investigation of companion animal endoparasites in Australia.

We are currently seeking a MPhil or PhD student to enrol in an industry-funded project titled: Pets, People and Parasites in Australia.

The project will use cutting-edge epidemiological and molecular diagnostic tools to ascertain the current prevalence, distribution and risk factors associated with parasites and vector-borne diseases in dogs and cats in Australia. Not only do these agents impact the health of pets, but many are capable of infecting humans, thus posing a zoonotic risk to family members and the public.

Eligibility

A background in Veterinary Medicine or Science is ideal, but not mandatory. Interested students will be expected to either possess, or successfully apply for a full-time domestic or international RHD scholarship through the University of Melbourne to be eligible.

Contact

Please contact Prof Rebecca Traub directly for further enquiries.
rebecca.traub@unimelb.edu.au

Original job position at the University of Melbourne:

http://fvas.unimelb.edu.au/research/research-areas/parasitology/research#research

 



Title Postdoctoral Fellows and experienced lab coordinator, Striepen Lab, University of Pennsylvania
Job Information

Location: Philadelphia

Work on Cryptosporidium in a new Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded project

Join us at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia to work on Cryptosporidium genetics, metabolism, and drug development.

Cryptosporidium is a leading cause of severe diarrhea in young children and an important contributor to early childhood mortality. Fully effective drugs to treat crypto infection are lacking. We develop and apply molecular genetic strategies to enable parasite drug development as part of a large interdisciplinary team.

In this new project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation we will use CRISPR-based genome modification to discover and/or validate the mode of action of newly identified crypto drug candidates. In a genome-wide effort we will map parasite metabolism, test essentiality and unravel interaction between host cell and parasite metabolism.

We are looking for recent PhD graduates with strong training in experimental molecular biology or biochemistry, a keen interest in science and global health and the drive to solve challenging problems. Bioinformatics skills are a plus. We will also consider experienced molecular biologists with a BS or MS for the position of lab coordinator.

The University of Pennsylvania is a leading US center of biomedical research and a marvelous place to do a postdoc with a stimulating intellectual environment and access to the latest technology.

Philadelphia is an exciting city to live in.

Applications

Contact Boris Striepen by e-mail with a CV a statement of interests, and the names of three references.

Boris Striepen
Professor of Microbiology & Immunology
Department of Pathobiology
University of Pennsylvania
380 South University Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4539

striepen@upenn.edu
http://www.striepenlab.org

 



Title Opportunity in cellular and molecular parasitology (tick fever) at Monash University
Job Information

New job opportunity in cellular and molecular parasitology at Monash University: development of an effective vaccine to protect against cattle tick fever.

As a result of recent and exciting developments within the Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University, a new opportunity exists in cellular and molecular parasitology in the Cooke Laboratory in the Department of Microbiology for an experienced Research Assistant and/or Research Fellow to be involved in a new and exciting project to characterise a newly identified sub-set of proteins in Babesia parasites and determine their role in the pathogenesis of bovine babesiosis. Working closely with international partners both in the USA and Africa, our ultimate goal of this project is to develop and roll out a new and effective vaccine to protect cattle against bovine babesiosis (cattle Tick Fever).

Specifically, you will be involved in a multi-disciplinary project to determine the role and importance of a newly identified set of proteins (discovered in the Cooke Lab) in infection and pathogenesis and assess their potential as vaccine candidates both in vitro and in vivo. The project may involve some national and international travel to perform experiments in collaborating laboratories.

The successful candidate will have experience and a strong track record in microbiology, molecular and cell biology, parasitology or a related area.

Previous experience specifically in molecular parasitology (ideally working with apicomplexan parasites) is essential.

This role is a full-time position however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated. May involve some national and international travel.

Please send expressions of interest in the position to:

Professor Brian M. Cooke, (brian.cooke@monash.edu)  +61 3 9902 9146



Title Opportunity in cellular and molecular parasitology (malaria) at Monash University
Job Information

New job opportunity in cellular and molecular parasitology at Monash University: understanding the role of exported kinases in the pathogenesis of human malaria.

A new opportunity exists in cellular and molecular parasitology in the Cooke Laboratory in the Biomedicine Discovery Institute (Department of Microbiology) for an experienced Research Assistant or Research Fellow to be involved in exciting work to elucidate the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which malaria proteins cause disease in humans. You will be involved in a multi-disciplinary project to elucidate the function of a sub-set of newly identified kinases in malaria parasites which we believe play a central role in red blood cell invasion and modification.

The successful candidate will have experience and a strong track record in microbiology, molecular and cell biology, parasitology or a related area.

Previous experience specifically in molecular parasitology (ideally working with malaria parasites) is essential.

This role is a full-time position however flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

Please send expressions of interest in the position to:

Professor Brian M. Cooke, (brian.cooke@monash.edu)  +61 3 9902 9146



Title Technical Officer at La Trobe University
Salary Higher Education Officer (HEO5)
Location Melbourne, Victoria
Job Information
Technical Officer
 
Position No:

 

00094132
Organisation Unit:

 

AgriBio, Department of Animal, Plant and Soil Sciences,

School of Life Sciences, College of Science, Health & Engineering

 

Campus/Location:

 

Melbourne (Bundoora)
Classification:

 

Higher Education Officer  (HEO5)
Employment Type:

 

Full-Time for two years
Position Supervisor :

Position Number:

Reports positions:

level:

 

Michael Stear, Professor of Animal Biology

00094132

As per Organisation chart

Other Benefits:

 

http://www.latrobe.edu.au/jobs/working/benefits

 

Further information about:

La Trobe University – http://www.latrobe.edu.au/about

For job enquiries only contact: Michael Stear, Professor of Animal Biology,   TEL: (03) 9032 7448

 

 

Technical Officer – Position Description

Position Context

 

The College of Science, Health & Engineering comprises 9 Schools and 16 Departments across La Trobe’s multi-campus operations. The College offers a range of general and specialist undergraduate and postgraduate courses that are rigorous and attuned to meeting the needs of students in ensuring their readiness to work in changing environments. Our courses are appropriately linked to emerging trends and critical global issues. The College researchers have an outstanding reputation for their innovation and contribution to society and are at the forefront of building strong relationships with industry partners.

The appointee will be for a highly organised team player willing to contribute to all aspects of research in the laboratory. The ideal candidate will have a good honours degree in immunology, parasitology, animal science or a related subject. He or she will work on a project looking at host-parasite interactions, especially the interaction between domestic sheep and the nematode Teladorsagia circumcincta. The aims of the research are to identify the molecular targets of the protective IgA response; to determine the mechanisms of action and to explore the evasion mechanisms used by the parasite. The research will involve a variety of techniques including ELISA, Western blotting, capillary electrophoresis, mass spectrometry, cloning, expression and protein conformation, enzyme kinetics and bioinformatics. The candidate is expected to know some of these procedures and training will be supplied as necessary.

Duties may include:

 

  • Ensure the timely preparation, and subsequent clean up, of chemicals, consumables and equipment for use in the research laboratories and facilities.
  • Test, calibrate and maintain equipment required in our research laboratories.  Arrange for servicing and repair of equipment if required.
  • Maintain the research facilities as a clean, safe work environment in accordance with appropriate legislation and University guidelines.  Carry out safety audits in labs, maintain safety manuals in labs, ensure appropriate personal protective equipment is available and maintained.  Maintain and keep current the general access first aid kits in labs, OH&S notices and emergency information.
  • Maintain information and databases related to the operation of the School’s teaching and research laboratories/facilities.
  • In consultation with academic staff, provide advice and assistance in the ordering of laboratory consumables and/or analytical equipment.
  • Be responsible for storage and the inventory of chemicals, consumables and equipment for the School’s teaching and research laboratories/facilities.
  • At all times conduct work in a safe manner and comply with OHS instructions, policies and procedures.
  • Undertake other tasks as directed, relevant to supporting the operations of AgriBio.

Key Selection Criteria

ESSENTIAL

  • An honours science degree in a relevant area or an equivalent alternate combination of relevant knowledge, training and/or experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in the maintenance of scientific research equipment and facilities, with respect to operations, maintenance and problem solving.
  • High level planning and organising skills.
  • Well-developed analytical and technical problem solving capability.
  • Highly developed written and oral communication skills to enable effective communication and consultation with a wide range and level of researchers.
  • Ability to interpret and apply relevant and applicable policies, procedures and legislation in the day-to-day performance of the functions of the position
  • An excellent understanding and demonstrated experience in research including high level interpersonal skills and the ability to respond to people positively, confidently and with respect.
  • Proficiency in computer software packages such as Word, Excel, Outlook and databases
  • Well-developed understanding of Health & Safety regulations and procedures.

DESIRABLE

  • Experience working in laboratories in a research environment.
  • A qualification in Level 2 First Aid training
  • Working knowledge of relevant legislation applicable to scientific laboratories

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.


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