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POSTDOCTORAL AND PhD POSITIONS IN CRYO-EM UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

I have immediate opening for a postdoc and two PhD students in my laboratory at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Melbourne. Candidates with a strong background in structural biology (cryo-EM and/or X-ray crystallography)/microbiology/computational biology are encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates will investigate the structure and function of bacterial and viral molecular machines that are important for pathogenesis using integrative approaches including cryo-ET, CLEM and various cell biology and biochemical methods. To know more about our research programme, please visit the Ghosal lab site.

We are fully equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation including a 300 keV Titan Krios G4 cryo-EM with phase plate, GIF and K3 direct detector, a 200 keV Talos Arctica, a 200 keV Glacios, a cryogenic fluorescence light microscope, a cryo-FIB-SEM, and comprehensive sample preparation and screening facility.

Should you be interested, please get in touch ASAP with your CV (including skills and expertise), a brief description of prior research accomplishments, a short motivation letter and at least contacts for three referees.

Contact Debnath Ghosal

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POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN FUNGAL CELL BIOLOGY – INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGY VALROSE, UNIVERSITY OF CÔTE D’AZUR, NICE, FRANCE

A funded postdoctoral position (two years in the first instance) is available at the Institute of Biology Valrose to investigate the dynamics of polarity establishment in the human fungal pathogen, Candida albicans. C. albicans is a harmless commensal that in response to alterations of its environment can cause superficial as well as life-threatening systemic infections. The ability of this organism to switch from an ovoid to a filamentous form is critical for its pathogenicity. This dramatic cell shape change is a distinct advantage for studying cell polarity. We have recently optimized and established an optogenetic approach in C. albicans filamentous cells that gives us exquisite control of cell polarity in this fungal pathogen. In this ANR funded project, our goal is to elucidate the interaction between two potential growth sites within the cell, as well as how different membrane compartments contribute to the initiation and stabilization of a new growth. The project will take advantage of cutting-edge imaging approaches, optogenetics and molecular genetics to investigate temporal and spatial control of fungal cell polarity.

We are seeking highly motivated candidates with a background in cell biology and previous experience in live cell imaging. Previous experience in microbiology would be a plus.

Contact Rob Arkowitz

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PhD AND MPhil SCHOLARSHIPS – AUSTRALIAN GRAINS PEST INNOVATION PROGRAM, UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

The Australian Grains Pest Innovation Program (AGPIP) is offering four fully funded scholarships for students interested in cutting-edge science, environmental sustainability and agricultural innovation.

AGPIP is looking at improved sustainability in invertebrate pest management practices among Australian grain growers.

As a scholarship recipient, you will work in a collaborative team at the University of Melbourne under the supervision of renowned Laureate Professor Ary Hoffmann, Associate Professor Paul Umina, Dr Jessica Lye, Dr James Maino, Dr Perran Stott-Ross, Dr Qiong Yang, Dr Xinyue Gu and other notable researchers.

You will have the opportunity to select from a number of different research topics and speciality areas, including:

  • Interactions between symbionts and virus transmission for agricultural pest control
  • A genetic investigation of bacterial symbionts in vector aphids
  • Manipulating bacterial symbionts in aphids for improved pest control
  • Exploring interactions between symbionts and parasitoid wasps
  • Understanding the real costs of neonicotinoids in Australian agriculture
  • Predicting migration cues in aphids
  • Exploring the role of plant stress in pest outbreaks
  • Investigating the role of knowledge types in pest management decision-making
  • Exploration of the environmental factors influencing knowledge transfer

More information pearg-queries@unimelb.edu.au

AGPIP is a collaboration between the Pest & Environmental Adaption Research Group at the University of Melbourne and cesar. The Program is a co-investment by the Grains Research and Development Corporation and the University of Melbourne, together with in-kind contributions from all program partners.

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