The School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at Charles Sturt University, in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, is looking for two exceptional candidates to undertake two new and exciting research projects.
Both candidates will be expected to enrol in and complete a Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Veterinary Studies at CSU.
One project will investigate the impact on industry and diagnosis and control of Fasciola hepatica in Australian sheep and cattle.
The other project involves a multi-institution collaboration that could revolutionise the control of gastrointestinal helminths of Australian livestock.
It is envisaged that a tax free annual stipend of at least $35,000 plus accompanying operating funds will be available for up to three and a half years for each project.
Both projects include excellent opportunities for industry and international research collaboration and possibly international travel.
Considerable mentoring and support will be provided for both positions, and both candidates will also be involved in commercial veterinary parasitology diagnostic work within the CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
Potentially interested applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr Rob Woodgate (email@example.com or 0477 431 045) for additional information.
Thanks to a partnership between La Trobe University, the Arthur Rylah Institute for environmental research (DELWP) and Agriculture Victoria, a PhD project opportunity is available to investigate wild deer disease status and the role of wild deer in the transmission of diseases of livestock.
Six deer species have established wild populations in Australia and are expanding in range and density. Wild deer are appreciated for their aesthetics and are a valued hunting resource. However, it is also recognised that deer can have an impact on biodiversity conservation and can pose problems for private landholders, causing damage to crops and fences as well as competition with livestock for pasture. Furthermore, deer populations may pose a risk to livestock by transmitting diseases and hampering current preventive measures as a result of their close contact with livestock species.
This project will assess the disease status of deer populations in Australia, with a particular focus on viral diseases and blood parasites. Serological and molecular techniques, including Next Generation Sequencing, will be jointly used to evaluate and quantify the presence of pathogens. By applying population genetic models, the level of cross-species infection between deer and livestock species will also be quantified.
Through the completion of this project, the student will have developed competent skills in laboratory techniques, bioinformatics, population genetic analytical approaches and applications of epidemiological principles for research and wildlife management.
The student will be required to apply for a La Trobe Scholarship by 31st October, and if successful will receive a $10,000 per year top up above the standard scholarship amount, as well as an extra 6 months scholarship (approximately $37,082 per year for 4 years).
If interested, please send an enquiry to
Dr Karla Helbig, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Carlo Pacioni, email@example.com
Dr Teresa Carvalho, firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Infectious Diseases and Public Health, College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences, City University of Hong Kong [Ref. E/247/09]
The new College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences at City University of Hong Kong in collaboration with Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is assembling an outstanding group of international academics to undertake teaching and research within the Department of Infectious Diseases and Public Health. This academic unit is rapidly developing as an international research-orientated centre to support veterinary training and research in Hong Kong and the region. The Department is well positioned to provide a strong link between the preclinical veterinary sciences and applied (clinical) veterinary medicine. In another dimension it focuses on One Health, an area spanning the health of animals, humans and the environment. The Department plays a key role in teaching students in the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine programme and also in the MSc in Aquatic Production and Veterinary Health, amongst other related activities, such as enabling postgraduate research opportunities. Departmental staff members undertake teaching, research and diagnostic service across their areas of specialty.
Applications and nominations are now invited for the above post:
The appointee is expected to contribute to the further development and implementation of the professional veterinary curriculum in field of Veterinary Parasitology, and build a strong presence in the new College with a vision to further Emerging Infectious Diseases or Food Safety research and veterinary education in the region. The appointees will teach and manage undergraduate and postgraduate courses; develop new research directions and maintain robust research programmes; and contribute to administrative work and other duties to facilitate the development of the Department and the College as a whole. Ability and willingness to help support veterinary diagnostic services and to work with clinicians would be an advantage.
A PhD in a relevant discipline (veterinary medicine, animal science, biology) and/or a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree or an equivalent veterinary degree, preferably registrable in Hong Kong. Evidence of further postgraduate education in the form of Diplomate status in a recognized
specialty board and/or an advanced degree is highly preferred. Applicants must have demonstrable international reputation in their area of research expertise, including the ability to obtain research funding, commensurate with their proposed level of employment. Candidates for the post of Professor should possess a proven record of distinguished scholarly accomplishment including significant external funding support, strong leadership capabilities, and active participation in undergraduate and postgraduate education.
Salary and Conditions of Service
Remuneration package will be driven by market competitiveness and individual performance. Excellent fringe benefits include gratuity, leave, medical and dental schemes, and relocation assistance (where applicable). Initial appointment will be made on a fixed-term contract.
Information and Application
Further information on the posts and the University is available at http://www.cityu.edu.hk, or from the Human Resources Office, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong [Email : email@example.com/Fax : (852) 2788 1154 or (852) 3442 0311].
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, (firstname.lastname@example.org) +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.
Duties may include:
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