PhD on Molecular Microbiology/Microscopy

The Centre for Microbiome Research (CMR), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), is seeking a highly motivated individual to undertake a PhD in the field of microbial ecology. The successful candidate will be involved in the development of innovative molecular methods for the characterisation of complex microbial communities – with a key focus on novel fluorescence in situ hybridisation methods (FISH) and single cell genomics.

About the Position

The Centre for Microbiome Research (CMR), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), is seeking a highly motivated individual to undertake a PhD in the field of microbial ecology. The successful candidate will be involved in the development of innovative molecular methods for the characterisation of complex microbial communities – with a key focus on novel fluorescence in situ hybridisation methods (FISH) and single cell genomics.

About the Centre for Microbiome Research (CMR)

The Centre for Microbiome Research was established in 2020 by Professor Gene Tyson, an expert in the field of microbial ecology. Professor Tyson and his team are actively involved in the development of innovative culture-independent molecular approaches and bioinformatic tools, and their application to answer important questions about microbial communities across a range of ecosystems. The team is made up of researchers with diverse expertise within microbial ecology and genomics, providing an intellectually robust and collaborative environment.

The Centre is located within the Translational Research Institute (TRI), a unique multidisciplinary facility located at the Princess Alexandra hospital with a strong focus on translational research. This positions the team amongst top researchers and clinicians from diverse disciplines such as genomics, bioinformatics, immunology, oncology and gastroenterology, and provides the team with access to state-of-the-art core facilities. The Centre also has a dedicated PC2-certified laboratory fully equipped for molecular biology that includes an in-house white light laser confocal microscope (Leica), a PromethION (Oxford Nanopore Technologies) and access to a NovaSeq 6000 (Illumina). The Centre has a BD FACSAria Fusion fluorescence activated cell sorter with small particle detection and liquid handling robots for single cell genomic and culturing work, and maintains anaerobic culture and quarantine facilities. CMR houses its own high-performance computing resources consisting of >1,000 cores and 8 nodes. The operation of these facilities is supported by professional staff for microscopy, flow cytometry, sequencing and bioinformatics.

Selection Criteria

  1. An Honors of Masters degree in a relevant field (microscopy, molecular microbiology, microbial ecology, bioinformatics) with a final assessment equivalent to >70%.
  2. A genuine interest in the specific project.
  3. High level communication skills, including demonstrated written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.

Scholarship details

Candidates will receive a tax-exempt living allowance of $28,092 AUD per annum with an additional top-up of up to $5,000 AUD per annum will considered for outstanding applicants. In addition to the living allowance stipend, the successful applicant will receive student allocation funding of up to $8,000 AUD towards ancillary project costs such as conference travel. International students will receive a full tuition fee sponsorship.

How to apply

Submit your application to Dr Simon McIlroy at simon.mcilroy@qut.edu.au

Your application must include:

• A cover letter indicating which project(s) you are most interested in

• An up-do-date CV

• Full academic transcript

• A summary (up to 2 pages) of your research career to date

• Details of 3 referees (email/address/contact number)

Location

Centre for Microbiome Research, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Translational Research Institute (TRI), Brisbane, Australia

Application deadline: Open until filled
Start date: ASAP
Location: Brisbane Australia