PhD Scholarship in Bioinformatics-assisted Molecular Biology to Understand Spiny Lobster Metamorphosis

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PhD Scholarship in Bioinformatics-assisted Molecular Biology to Understand Spiny Lobster Metamorphosis

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Applications are invited for this opportunity to be submitted to the Office of Research. This opportunity will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected.

Metamorphosis is a key developmental process in many animals and its manipulation is applicable in crustacean aquaculture as well as control of pest insects. This project aims to develop molecular tools for an emerging aquaculture industry of spiny lobsters and provide novel insights into the mechanism of metamorphosis. For more details see here: http://www.nature.com/articles/srep13537

The PhD candidate will be required to develop an understanding of the literature in the field of metamorphosis and perform comparative analyses to highlight key pathways that are involved in the process specifically in spiny lobsters. The PhD candidate will then travel to Tasmania to work closely with the aquaculture experts and researchers to run in vivo tests. Alternatively/in parallel to that, the student will undertake in vitro assays at USC, to provide novel insights into molecular mechanisms which govern metamorphosis.

The applicant must demonstrate:

  • good communication skills.
  • ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • high English level
  • knowledge of Bioinformatics tools.
  • knowledge of molecular tools.
  • ability to integrate large datasets in a comprehensive and presentable way.

Please contact Tomer Ventura via email tventura@usc.edu.au for more information on the project

Eligibility:
To be eligible for this award, applicants must:
  • hold a Bachelor degree with first class honours or have an equivalent level of attainment
  • maintain satisfactory progress as a full-time PhD candidate at the University of the Sunshine Coast
  • not hold an equivalent HDR qualification to that being applied for
Selection criteria:
Applications will be evaluated on the following:
  • Undergraduate achievement; and
  • Research alignment; and
  • Publications;
  • Most recent or relevant degree
Eligible programs:
PhD
Number available:
One (1)
Value:
Stipend commensurate with the Australian Postgraduate Award rate, Tuition Fees and Overseas Health Cover for the standard duration of the program.
Application:
How to apply for a Postgraduate Research Scholarship In addition to the Application Form, Applicants must provide a 1 page CV and a cover letter.
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