Environmental Genomics of freshwater systems: PhD opportunity at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, Adelaide in association with South Australian Water
A PhD position is available within a large environmental genomics project to apply next-generation DNA sequencing approaches to the analysis of environmental samples and develop a new range of methods to perform biodiversity surveys, taxonomic discovery, and underpin environmental impact reports. The project, which is a $1M Australian Research Council-industry partnership, will employ multiplexed PCR, 2nd/3rd Generation Sequencing, and advanced Bioinformatics and Phylogenetics to develop novel systems for rapid and accurate biodiversity assessment.
This PhD will apply environmental genomics approaches to the following areas:
· Developing new tools for assessing biodiversity from environmental samples;
· Non-invasive methods to monitor the presence and abundance of threatened species;
· Investigating the relationship between biodiversity and biotic and abiotic factors, e.g. rainfall, geology, land-use history.
We are looking for a highly motivated graduate student, who enjoys independent and unusual research. An interest in environmental biodiversity is a key requirement, and a background in any of the following would be useful: molecular ecology, molecular biology, genetics, bioinformatics, chemistry/biochemistry. The project is for 3 years, starting in 2011/2012.
International Students wishing to study at The University of Adelaide in 2012 should check the available scholarship opportunities http://www.adelaide.edu.au/graduatecentre/scholarships/postgrad/international/) as they provide payment of full tuition fees plus an annual living allowance of approximately AUD$21,000 tax free. Note the closing date for international scholarship enrolment is 31st August, 2011 or 31st October for Australian/NZ applicants.
Please contact the following supervisors and provide your CV/resume:
Prof. Alan Cooper (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr. Laurence Clarke (email@example.com)
Australian Centre for Ancient DNA
School of Earth & Environmental Sciences
THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE