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SCIENTIFIC POSITIONS IN THE FIELD OF BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

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PhD SCHOLARSHIP – CENTRE FOR CROP AND DISEASE MANAGEMENT, CURTIN UNIVERSITY, PERTH

This scholarships was provided to the new Deputy Director of the Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM). Co-supported by Curtin University and the Grains Research and Development Corporation, the CCDM does research that helps provide solutions to Australian farmers to protect crops from fungal pathogens, especially in wheat, barley, canola and pulses.

The research topic for students receiving this scholarship will be to better understand fungicide behaviour inside plants. Focusing on important field-used fungicides, using a model plant system, genetic mutants and mass spectrometry we will ask about their behaviour in plants. Do plants deactivate them? Does it affect their movement inside the plant? What chemical structures do they turn fungicides into? How quickly does it happen for each? Can its chemical structure protect a fungicide from biotransformation in plants? How does environment affect these processes? What enzymes are responsible for it?

The projects will have a strong mass spectrometry component. Students will have access to an OrbiTrap Exploris 120 (a highly sensitive mass spectrometer) and trained and supported in its use by a full-time technical mass spectrometry expert.

The 2022 PhD stipend is $28,854 pa (tax-free) for three years.

Eligibility

Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder. A suitable candidate can start immediately or by January 2023.

Applications
https://scholarships.curtin.edu.au/Scholarship/?id=5800

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Professor Joshua Mylne
josh.mylne@curtin.edu.au
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PhD SCHOLARSHIP – WAITE RESEARCH INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

A fully-funded PhD scholarship in the Antibiotic & Herbicide Discovery Group of Dr Tatiana Soares da Costa is available at the University of Adelaide, based at the Waite Research Institute. The successful candidate will work within a multidisciplinary team funded by an Australian Research Council grant awarded to Dr Tatiana Soares da Costa and Professor Marilyn Anderson, including a postdoctoral researcher.

Herbicide resistance represents one of the greatest threats to global food security and given that our current herbicides have begun to fail, novel approaches are urgently required to develop new treatments. This project aims to tackle herbicide resistance by identifying new herbicide candidates that inhibit amino acid biosynthesis. Specifically, we will exploit the similarity between bacterial and plant enzymes in these pathways to repurpose failed antibiotics. The expected outcomes of this exciting project include advances in our knowledge of the structure, function and inhibition of novel herbicide targets, the identification of compounds with herbicidal activity, and significant long-term contributions towards food security. The multidisciplinary PhD project will integrate innovative approaches in biochemistry, molecular biology and plant biology.

Techniques that will be acquired throughout PhD

Protein expression and purification techniques; enzyme assays; X-ray crystallography; cell culture; bacteriology assays; metabolomics and transcriptomics; inhibitor discovery and characterisation techniques.

Required skills

  • Strong biochemistry, molecular biology or plant biology background
  • First Class Honours or Masters degree in related field
  • Strong work ethic and highly ambitious
  • Good communication skills

Eligibility

Applicants must be Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia, New Zealand citizens or international students who are acceptable as candidates for a PhD degree at the University of Adelaide – refer to PhD eligibility requirements. The successful applicant must commence by 30 June 2023.

Applications

https://scholarships.adelaide.edu.au/Scholarships/postgraduate-research/faculty-of-sciences-engineering-and-technology-set/university-12

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Dr Tatiana Soares da Costa
tatiana.soaresdacosta@adelaide.edu.au
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PhD SCHOLARSHIP – INSTITUTE FOR MOLECULAR BIOSCIENCE, UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND

A PhD scholarship is available in Professor Alpha Yap’s laboratory at the Institute of Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland, to study early warning mechanisms for epithelial self-protection. This project aims to discover how epithelial tissues in the  body protect themselves against cell injury and cancerous transformation through the early detection and elimination of abnormal cells. Epithelia are found in major organs,  such as the lung, breast and gastrointestinal tract – tissues that are common sources of major diseases, such as inflammation and cancer. The Yap group has pioneered work to understand how mechanical forces are detected as early warnings of cellular dysfunction in epithelia. Conversely, we have found that abnormal tissue mechanics may increase the susceptibility of epithelial tissues to disease. We aim to understand how mechanical signals are detected, how they may be disturbed, and whether correcting mechanics can improve disease outcomes. We work at the interface between experimental biology and theoretical physics. Projects can be tailored to student’s interests, but will give experience in experimental cell biology and physical theory.

Applications

https://graduate-school.uq.edu.au/project/early-warning-mechanisms-epithelial-tissue-self-protection

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Professor Alpha Yap a.yap@uq.edu.au

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PhD RESEARCH AWARDS – CHILDREN’S MEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) is an award-winning state-of-the-art medical research facility, with over 100 full-time scientists dedicated to researching the genes and proteins important for health and human development. CMRI is supported in part by its key fundraiser Jeans for Genes®. Our scientists are internationally recognised research leaders and foster excellence in postgraduate training.  CMRI is located at Westmead, a major hub for research and medicine in NSW, and is affiliated with the University of Sydney.

Successful applicants will be awarded a Research Award, consisting of a generous top-up over the value of a university Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship, for 4 years. Successful applicants will also be expected to apply for external scholarships with support from CMRI research leaders.

Projects are multidisciplinary with training in molecular and cellular biology techniques, with some involving mass spectrometry, proteomics, bioinformatics, transgenic animals or live cell imaging.

Areas of CMRI research strength

  • Developmental biology and genetic disease
  • Gene therapy
  • Neuroscience
  • Cancer

CMRI research units https://www.cmri.org.au/Research/Research-Units

PhD projects http://bit.ly/CMRIResearchOpportunities

Contact supervisors directly for more details of projects.

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must hold:
    ◦ a relevant Bachelor’s degree with first or second class Honours, OR
    ◦ a research Master’s degree, OR
    ◦ at least 6 months of supervised research training
  • Applicants must be available to start a full-time PhD at CMRI within 6 months.
  • International students are eligible to apply, but the CMRI award does not cover university tuition fees. For students currently outside Australia, commencement of the PhD will also be delayed until Australia’s international borders reopen.

Applications http://bit.ly/CMRIResearchAward

Applications are accepted all year. Applications will be reviewed three times a year: 31 January, 30 May and 30 September.

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