PhD Position: Amphibian Conservation and Synthetic Biology-Australia

University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Post Graduate Research Scholarships for stipends are available through University of Melbourne
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PhD Position: Amphibian Conservation and Synthetic Biology-Australia Call for PhD position in Amphibian Conservation and Synthetic Biology Want to help save frogs declining from a pandemic disease? Interested in identifying genetic traits and using the latest methods in synthetic biology? The One Health Research Group at University of Melbourne in Victoria, Australia is looking to support PhD projects to investigate advantageous genetic traits against the disease chytridiomycosis and use that knowledge and synthetic biology to increase disease resistance in declining frog species. The project is funded through the Australian Research Council, and the PhD scholar will be advised by Drs Lee Skerratt, Tiffany Kosch, Lee Berger and members of the One Health Research Group and collaborators including Zoos Victoria. The project will be based at the Melbourne Veterinary School at the Werribee campus. The project is focused on improving disease resilience in ecosystems using synthetic biology, but the specific aims of the PhD research can be determined by the successful scholar. We aim to use the latest methods in synthetic biology to conserve species threatened by disease, through characterising and enhancing immunity. Emerging infectious diseases are a major threat to ecosystems and new methodologies are needed to fight them. Chytridiomycosis is the most devastating disease of vertebrates, causing population declines in over 500 amphibian species worldwide. The expected outcomes of the project are improved understanding and increased immunity of frogs to chytridiomycosis and restoration of frogs into the environment. To be eligible, Expertise needed: Applicants must have experience with molecular biological or biomedical research such as molecular and synthetic biology, microbiology, genetics and immunology. Skills or interest in disease, herpetology, population genetics, bioinformatics, statistical analyses, and animal husbandry are an advantage. Scholarship applications are competitive – applicants must have first-class Honours, Master’s by research (1 year full-time) or equivalent and an excellent academic record. Peer reviewed publications are beneficial (and required for international scholars). Post Graduate Research Scholarships for stipends are available through University of Melbourne, for which the applicant will need to apply separately by the 31st Oct. The project will commence in early 2021 Please submit a CV, cover letter and contact information for two referees to Assoc Prof. Lee Skerratt by 30 Sept 2020. For more information about our research team please visit our website: Facebook page Twitter @onehealthres
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