Postdoctoral Research FellowsJob No.: 495625
Area: Faculty of Science
Salary (FTE): Academic Research Level A4 ($74,254.69 - $79,708.50)
Work type: Full time - Fixed Term
Location: St Lucia
The Australian Centre for Ecogenomics - School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
The Australian Centre for Ecogenomics (ACE) seeks exceptional candidates to fill multiple postdoctoral positions on recently funded projects at the forefront of sequence-based analysis of environmental and clinical microbiomes. ACE is a dynamic and exciting research environment that brings together leading researchers in molecular microbial ecology and bioinformatics. The Centre is located within the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences (SCMB) at the University of Queensland and features modern laboratories with in-house sequencing capacity and high performance computing.
ACE has immediate openings for up to seven Postdoctoral Research Fellows in Microbial Ecology and Bioinformatics to work with Professor Philip Hugenholtz and/or Associate Professor Gene Tyson. In the roles, you will be required to perform research on culture-independent characterization of microbial communities associated with environmental or clinical ecosystems using high-throughput sequencing. Please see details of the projects below:
Dissecting marine processes at the microscale (Tyson and Hugenholtz). This is a Moore Foundation funded project with colleagues from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and The University of Technology Sydney focused on elucidating microscale interactions between bacteria and phytoplankton using microfluidic devices deployed in situ combined with high throughput metagenomics and metatranscriptomics.
Understanding the response of microbial communities to permafrost thaw (Tyson). Two bioinformaticians will join a US Department of Energy funded interdisciplinary team focused on understanding microbial community and metabolic dynamics in thawing permafrost. The primary goals of these positions will be the analysis of metagenomic and metatranscriptomic data and bioinformatic tool development (interfacing with KBase; http://kbase.science.energy.gov/).
Genomic and evolutionary diversity of anaerobic methane oxidation (Tyson). In collaboration with researchers at CalTech, this US Department of Energy funded project is focused on understanding the structural and genetic differences between microbial consortia capable of anaerobic methane oxidation using different electron acceptors.
Search for microbial triggers of skin cancer (Hugenholtz). This NHMRC-funded project will use RNAseq to longitudinally monitor the conversion of actinic keratosis lesions into skin squamous cell carcinomas in order to identify potential microbial triggers. This project is in collaboration with immunologists and dermatologists at the University of Queensland.
Clinical ecology of a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) model (Hugenholtz). In collaboration with researchers at the University of Newcastle (NSW), this NHMRC-funded project aims to monitor and modify gut microbiomes to induce or ameliorate experimental COPD.
Applicants should possess a PhD specialising in one or more of the following areas: bioinformatics, computational biology, biostatistics, genomics, phylogenetics, or molecular microbial ecology. Applicants should also have experience with the application, analysis and interpretation of high-throughput sequencing data including metagenomic and metatranscriptomic data; knowledge of microbial ecology, metabolism and/or evolution; and a record of high level of contribution to research through publication of scholarly papers in the international literature and presentation of scientific work at international meetings. A working knowledge of immunology and practical experience in cellular, molecular or in vivo immunology would be desirable.
Please refer to the position description at the bottom of the page for more detail.
This is a full-time, fixed term 1 year appointment with the possibility of extension at Academic Research Level A. The remuneration package will be in the range $74,254 - $79,708 p.a., plus employer superannuation contributions of up to 17% (total package will be in the range $86,877 - $93,258 p.a.).
To submit an application for this role, please go to the UQ Jobs Link and use the Apply button at the bottom of the page.
All applicants must supply the following documents:. Cover letter (please indicate project preference/s)
. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
. Brief Research Statement (a statement, in not more than one page, addressing prior research experience)
For information on completing the application process click here.
6 Mar 2014 11:55pm E. Australia Standard Time