Our understanding of microbial diversity on earth has been fundamentally changed by metagenomic characterisation of natural ecosystems. Traditional approaches for visualising microbial communities are time-consuming and provide limited information about the identity of specific microorganisms.
The proposed research aims to combine single cell genomics and super resolution microscopy for novel, high-throughput, genome-based techniques to visualise microorganisms, plasmids and viruses, with strain level specificity.
The application of these highly scalable approaches will provide comprehensive and unprecedented insight into the fine-scale dynamics and evolution of environmentally and biotechnologically important microbial communities.
The project is supervised by Professor Gene Tyson, Dr Simon McIlroy and Dr Ben Woodcroft – School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health.
PhD scholarship opportunity
What you receive
A living allowance stipend, tax exempt and indexed annually $28,092 per annum for a period of 3 years
Domestic and international applicants are welcome to apply.
You must have:
- recently completed a BSc Hons degree or equivalent in a relevant field (microbiology, genomics or biochemistry)
- received first-class honours (H1)
- a general interest in microscopy and/or microbial ecology
- excellent communication skills, motivation and the ability to work as part of a team.
Ideally you will also have:
- experience with confocal microscopy and image analyses and experience with bioinformatics.
How to apply
Submit your application to Dr Simon McIlroy
Your application must include:
- a cover letter
- 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).
Contact the supervisors for more information.