Research opportunity: Pets, Parasites and People – Epidemiological investigation of companion animal endoparasites in Australia.
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.
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.
Please contact Prof Rebecca Traub directly for further enquiries.
Original job position at the University of Melbourne:
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.
Contact Boris Striepen by e-mail with a CV a statement of interests, and the names of three references.
Professor of Microbiology & Immunology
Department of Pathobiology
University of Pennsylvania
380 South University Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4539
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, (email@example.com) +61 3 9902 9146
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.
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.
School of Life Sciences, College of Science, Health & Engineering
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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
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.
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