Title Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions at Washington University in St Louis
Location St Louis, Missouri, USA
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Background New opportunities to join a highly productive laboratory focused on developing new approaches for studying host-pathogen interactions at the molecular level. The human pathogen Toxoplasma gondii enjoys excellent forward and reverse genetic tools as well as animal models, making it an attractive model for studying host-pathogen interactions. Projects offer potential for independent career advancement and are supported by excellent core facilities for animal studies, biological imaging, genomics, and immunological profiling.
Project 1: Develop small animal models for chronic infection with Toxoplasma gondii as a platform to explore genetic determinants of pathogenesis and regulation of host immunity (Ann. Rev. Micro. 2016, 70: 63-81). Prior experience with immunology, microbiology, and molecular biology are highly desirable.

Project 2: Utilize biochemical analysis of protein complexes and reverse genetic strategies to define the molecular basis of a novel parasite effector that blocks interferon signaling in human cells (Cell Host Microbe 2016, 20: 72-82). Prior experience with molecular genetics, biochemical analysis of protein interactions, and analysis of genome-wide datasets are highly desirable.

Project 3: Discover new pathogenesis determinants by combining CRISPR/Cas9 mediated screening with reverse genetics to define the molecular basis of pathogenesis (Methods Molec. Biol. 2017: 1498, 79-103). Prior experience with molecular genetics, comparative genomics, and analysis of genome-wide datasets are highly desirable.

Criteria Recent Ph.D. in Microbiology, Immunology, or Molecular Biology. Good command of the English language (speaking and writing), analytical, and computational skills are considered essential.

Benefits Washington University offers a highly diverse intellectual community with outstanding training opportunities for postdoctoral fellows. Salary and benefits along with educational and training opportunities are summarized at the Office of Post Graduate Affairs. See http://dbbs.wustl.edu/PostDocs/Pages/PostDocs.aspx

How to apply Submit a current C.V. and names of three references to:
Dr. David Sibley, Professor, (sibley@wustl.edu), Dept. Molecular Microbiology, Washington University Sch. Med., St. Louis, MO 63110.

Title Postdoctoral Fellow – Billker Lab. Single Cell Biology of Malaria Parasites
Location Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK
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Background: The Malaria Programme at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has recently achieved major breakthroughs in scaling reverse genetic screening for the systematic identification of gene functions in Plasmodium. The Institute is also a leading centre for single cell genomics.

Position: We are now looking to recruit a 3-year Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on an exciting project to bridge these areas. If you have recently received your PhD, have a passion for parasite biology and genetics and are interested in working with large datasets we would like to hear from you! The project offers an opportunity to combine our recently developed screening platform with state-of-the-art single cell phenotyping by transcriptomics. By bringing these approaches together you will be able to generate deep new insights into fascinating aspects of parasite biology, including sexual development, and host parasite interactions. This position will work between the Billker team in the Malaria Programme and the Cellular Genetics Programme led by Sarah Teichmann. It will offer training opportunities in both wet lab and computational areas, but the wet lab component will be essential.

Further information: For more details about the position and our research, visit our laboratory website (www.sanger.ac.uk/science/groups/billkergroup) or contact Oliver Billker (ob4@sanger.ac.uk)

How to apply: https://jobs.sanger.ac.uk

Title PhD Scholarship at University of Technology Sydney
Location University of Technology Sydney – School of Life Sciences
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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.

The Opportunity:

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.

Application Process:

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.

Key Dates:

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



Title PhD scholarship available in tick-borne pathogen research at Murdoch University
Salary stipend of $27K is available to Australian citizens and permanent resident applicants.
Location Perth, WA
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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.