PhD Scholarship, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

Location
Brisbane, Australia
Posted
05 Apr 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Apr 2018
Ref
504238
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

The School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences (SCMB) combines the disciplines of Chemistry, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Parasitology into a single academic unit. The common thread in our discipline mix is the capacity of molecular-based approaches to create understanding and underpin discovery. The School has modern research laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment and research infrastructure. The School includes over 50 academic staff, who are widely published internationally and have extensive research backgrounds.

The Australian Centre for Ecogenomics (ACE) is a strategic research initiative established at the University of Queensland in 2010 under the direction of Professor Phil Hugenholtz and Professor Gene Tyson and has since become a globally recognised hub of culture-independent microbiology and genomics. It provides a focal point for sequence-based analysis of microbial communities and builds strength in this space not only in Australia, but the southern hemisphere as a whole. ACE is located on Level 5 of the Molecular Biosciences Building (#76). More information about ACE and SCMB may be found on the ACE Website and SCMB Website respectively.

Role A

The successful candidate will be working under the direct supervision of Professor Gene Tyson as part of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project, entitled “Genome-level insight into the dynamics of a model coral microbiome”.  The candidate will be involved in Great Barrier Reef field sampling, metagenomics, microbial phylogenetics and metabolic reconstruction, with the potential to develop workflows for single-cell genomics, and fluorescence microscopy for coral-associated microbial communities. *

Role B

The successful candidate will be working under the direct supervision of Professor Gene Tyson as part of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship Project, entitled “Uncovering new microbial players and processes in the global methane cycle”.  The candidate will be involved in single-cell genomics, metagenomics, fluorescence microscopy, phylogeny and metabolic reconstruction.  *

* Candidates for both roles will be housed in an excellent research environment with the latest laboratory facilities and have the opportunity to work with highly qualified researchers. During the course of the PhD, the candidates will have the opportunity to attend (inter)national conferences to present their research.

Candidates

Applicants should possess a BSc Hons class IIA or better, or equivalent, majoring in a relevant discipline (e.g. microbiology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, marine sciences) to commence a PhD in the above area and should be eligible for a UQ PhD scholarship to support Category 1 project grants. Ideal applicants will have appropriate laboratory experience, including experience with molecular biology techniques and bioinformatics/programming. Prior experience with sequencing platforms would be beneficial but is not essential. Excellent communication skills, motivation and the ability to work as part of a team are also required. Specialist training will be available.

Mandatory requirements for applicants:

Excellent academic performance to Honours/Masters level (First Class/Distinction), evidenced by a high Grade Point Average (GPA); and a general interest in microbial ecology.

Desirable requirements for applicants: One or more peer-reviewed research publications. A background in bioinformatics (Linux/Unix, python, R) is preferred.

Scholarship Remuneration: Successful applicants will receive a tax-free stipend to cover living expenses up to $27,082 (2018 rate), indexed annually. The scholarship will be for three (3) years with the possibility of two six (6)-month extensions and is subject to the UQ Research Scholarship General Conditions.

Enquiries

To discuss these roles, please contact Caroline Moniz: c.moniz@uq.edu.au.

Submission of Position Application:

To submit an application for Role A or B, please apply directly through the PhD Scholarships - Category 1 Projects Grants online system. Please select the research project for Gene Tyson entitled:  Genome-level insight into the dynamics of a model coral microbiome OR Uncovering new microbial players and processes in the global methane cycle from the list of School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences (SCMB) projects. Follow the instructions for the upload of documents and completion of the application form.

  1. Applicants must note that selection by The School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences (SCMB) for participation in a research project, and admission to UQ are two separate processes. The applicant who successfully applies to one of these PhD research project opportunities will then be required to apply to the UQ Graduate School for admission to the PhD program.
  2. SCMB will assist the successful applicant with their application for admission, but note that a successful application to SCMB for this research project does not guarantee a successful application to the UQ Graduate School for admission.

Important: please do not send your application directly to the person listed in the enquiries section of the advertisement since these will not be considered. Only applicants that apply via the above process will be considered.

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