Research Fellow Methods and Tools

University of New England, Australia – Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit

Location: Armidale – Australia
Salary: AU$94,736 to AU$112,279
£50,172.19 to £59,462.96 converted salary* (Level B) Research Fellow
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 2nd January 2020
Closes: 30th January 2020
Job Ref: 219258
  • Fixed-term for 3 years – full-time (possibility of further appointment subject to satisfactory performance and the availability of funding)
  • Plus 17% employer superannuation. Salary packaging options are available.
  • Relocation assistance provided
  • UNE will provide sponsorship for this position

The University of New England in Armidale, Australia boasts an excellent national and international reputation being a leader in research and academic innovation that has industry impact.  We aim to foster a constructive and engaged culture where creative ideas and innovation thrive.

AGBU

The Animal Genetics & Breeding Unit (AGBU), a joint unit of the University of New England (UNE) and NSW DPI, carries out research in genetic improvement for livestock and plant industries. The work program includes developing and implementing methods for utilisation of genomic information in genetic evaluation and improvement. The implementations are via BREEDPLAN, Sheep Genetics (LAMBPLAN, MERINOSELECT and KIDPLAN), PIGBLUP and TREEPLAN, systems used by breeders across Australia and internationally.

Current research includes definition of breeding objectives, development of new methods to predict breeding values and the design of breeding programs.

About the role

AGBU is currently seeking a highly motivated Research Fellow in Methods and Tools to conduct research in the areas of: development of single step analyses for multi-breed data, hybrid models, and analysis of DNA sequence data, strategies for phenotyping and genotyping, plus efficient algorithms to manage large data workflows.

Skills & Experience

Successful applicants will have post-graduate qualification in Quantitative Genetics or related fields, strong computing skills, experience in the use of computer packages for statistical analysis and an interest in agriculture. Excellent written and oral English language communication skills and ability to work in a team environment are essential,

Additional information

To discuss this opportunity, please contact Dr Robert Banks:  phone 02 6773 2425 or email rbanks@une.edu.au. To find out more about the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit Visit http://agbu.une.edu.au/

 

About Armidale

Living in Armidale you will experience the best of both city and rural living. Enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle with access to shopping, gourmet food, top sporting facilities and cultural delights. You can live in the heart of Armidale or experience the tranquillity of the New England on a rural property.

To find out more, visit: www.armidaleregional.nsw.gov.au.

Closing Date: 30 January 2020 – Midnight

When applying for one of these positions applicants must address all of the selection criteria contained within the position statement.

www.une.edu.au/jobs-at-une

Equity principles underpin all UNE policies and procedures. As a University committed to engaging a diverse workforce, UNE encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply.

Source: JOBS.AC.UK

DAAD-funded PhD research scholarship on: Oil dependency and bioeconomic transformation in Nigeria

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The Right Livelihood College (RLC) at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany, offers a DAAD-funded PhD research scholarship on: Oil dependency and bioeconomic transformation in Nigeria.

Background

The Right Livelihood College (RLC) is a global transdisciplinary education and research initiative of universities and the “Alternative Nobel Prize”, the Right Livelihood Award (RLA). There are currently RLC Campuses at eight universities worldwide, among others at ZEF, University of Bonn, Germany, and at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. As part of this network, the RLC Campus Bonn and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), in cooperation with the “Alternative Nobel Prize” Laureate Nnimmo Bassey and the STRIVE1 project, offer a 3-year PhD scholarship for candidates from sub-Saharan Africa to carry out a PhD research project related to the potential role of the bioeconomy in reducing the Nigerian economy’s reliance on fossil fuel resources.

Research context

Nigeria’s economy is highly dependent on fossil fuel exports and thus exposed to a volatile global market environment. Bio-based economic transformation is often proposed as a promising strategy to reduce fossil resource dependency and achieve sustainable development goals. However, the nature and outcomes of potential bioeconomic transformation pathways will depend on a complex interplay of factors, such as prices for oil and other Nigerian export products including from agriculture, access to bio-based knowledge and technology, and economic as well as environmental policies. The PhD research project is expected to adopt a regional or macro-perspective to analyze the role of these factors and the economic mechanisms through which they affect sustainability outcomes of alternative development pathways for the Nigerian economy. The research will be based on field and secondary data collection in Nigeria. Applicants are requested to develop their own PhD research proposal to contextualize and concretize the envisaged research project.

The PhD scholarships

Qualified applicants should be citizens and residents of a sub-Saharan African state. They should hold an excellent master’s or equivalent degree in agricultural or natural resource economics, economics or related disciplines, and have experience in the use of computable general equilibrium models, partial equilibrium models, or inputoutput models. Experience in interdisciplinary and international research teams is an asset. Fluency in English is mandatory. The age limit is 32 years.

The scholarship is funded by the DAAD for 3 years starting from August 1, 2017. It covers a Junior Researcher position at ZEF and all respective costs for travel and research. In the first year, the candidate will participate in the international ZEF Doctoral Program in Bonn, followed by time for empirical field research in Nigeria.

Your application should consist of:

  • Motivation letter (1 page)
  • A CV in EUROPASS format – see template under: http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/documents/curriculum-vitae
  • RLC application form – see template under: https://goo.gl/WrRdFH
  • Two recommendation letters from professors and/or supervisors
  • Certified academic degree documents (PDF)
  • Short PhD research proposal narrowing the research scope with background, conceptual framework, research questions, and methodology (max. 5 pages) All documents are to be submitted in English.

Closing date for applications is March 31, 2017. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Please send your applications via e-mail to: stellmacher@rlc-bonn.de

Dr. Till Stellmacher Programme Coordinator, RLC Campus Bonn, Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn.

Source: ZEF website: http://www.zef.de/1741.html

 

 

Call for Workshop Scholarships: “Sustainable agriculture and rural transformation: meeting farmers’ needs in socio-ecological systems” (10-15 June 2017)

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PhD students from developing and transition countries who conduct empirical local level research related to sustainable agriculture and smallholder farming within social, economic and natural sciences are invited to apply for scholarships to attend the workshop on “Sustainable agriculture and rural transformation: meeting farmers’ needs in socio-ecological systems” to be held in Bonn between 10-15 June 2017 at Right Livelihood College (RLC).

Details

The RLC Campus at ZEF, University of Bonn, Germany, offers scholarships for PhD students from developing and transition countries to participate in the international workshop on “Sustainable agriculture and rural transfor-mation: meeting farmers’ needs in socio-ecological systems”, June 10-15, 2017, in Bonn.

Background
The Right Livelihood College (RLC) is a global education and research initiative of universities and the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize” (www.rightlivelihood.org). The RLC Campus Bonn is part of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, and supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). It provides transdisciplinary education and research in fields of environmental sustainability, poverty alleviation, and social justice in the Global South (www.rlc-bonn.de).

The Workshop
The workshop will take place from June 10-15, 2017, at ZEF in Bonn. Distinguished scientists, practitioners and PhD students from all over the world will be participating together with Laureates of the “Alternative Nobel Prize”. Workshop language will be English.

Sustainable agriculture has become an ubiquitous notion in development sciences and practice. Beyond aiming to contribute to the conservation of ecosystems, to changing food demands, and to long term economic rentabilities, sustainable agriculture has a high potential as an agent for rural transformation and pro-poor growth in the Global South. However, the prevalent paradigm of rural economic development, often coupled with agricultural industrialization, leads to massive repercussions on the sustainability of agricultural systems and on smallholder farmers’ livelihoods. Hence questions have to be addressed on the current and future role of sustainable agriculture in the context of rural transformation and its potential for pro-poor growth and the conservation of ecosystems in the Global South.
Upon this backdrop, the workshop will thematically focus on local level empirical research and practical development work in rural areas of developing and transition countries. The workshop inputs will be presented, discussed and analysed in a cohesive transdisciplinary way by building on each participants’ expertise and experience.

The workshop will target the following objectives:

  • to strengthen knowledge and understanding of methodological approaches related to sustainable agriculture and rural transformation,
  • to critically assess different pathways of sustainable agriculture and its actual and potential contributions with particular focus on smallholder farmers’ livelihoods and conservation of ecosystems in rural developing contexts,
  • to showcase projects considered successful and to discuss empirical research findings,
  • to promote transmission of expertise and experience as well as networking between “Alternative Nobel Prize” winners, scientists, practitioners, and PhD students working on sustainable agriculture and rural transformation from different aspects.

The workshop scholarships will cover all costs for international and national travel, hotel accommodation, catering, and working materials. The workshop will be embedded in a variety of social and cultural side-events.

Who can apply?
PhD students from developing and transition countries who conduct empirical local level research related to sustainable agriculture and smallholder farming within social, economic and natural sciences. Preferred are PhD students in the middle or end of their studies. Fluent English is mandatory. Applications from women are particularly welcome.

How to apply?
Your application should consist of:

  • the filled-out application form. Download the form here: www.rlc-bonn.de
  • a 300 word abstract (in English) of your PhD project

The deadline is April 15, 2017. You will be informed about the decision of the selection committee until April 25.

Please send your applications via e-mail to Dr. Till Stellmacher: stellmacher@rlc-bonn.de

Source: ZEF Website: http://www.zef.de/1741.html

FAO – Hungarian Government Scholarship in MSc Agriculture

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The following Master of Science degree courses are being offered in English for the FAO – Hungarian Government Scholarship in 2017-2018 Academic Year:

1. Rural development and agribusiness
2. Horticulture
3. Agricultural water management

Universities

The following universities are participating:

  • Szent István University, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
  • Szent István University, Faculty of Horticultural Science
  • Szent István University, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Conditions

Courses will be offered provided the minimum number of students is reached.
The scholarship will cover:

  • application and tuition fees throughout the study period with basic books and notes;
  • dormitory accommodation;
  • subsistence costs;
  • health care.

All of the above mentioned costs are financed by the Hungarian Government, according to the Agreement between FAO and Hungary in 2007.
The scholarship covers student costs only; family members are not supported within the frame of this programme.

Eligibility
Residents (who must be nationals) of the following countries) are eligible to apply for the Scholarship Programme:
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Macedonia, Madagascar, Mali, Myanmar, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Namibia, Nigeria, North-Korea, Palestine, the Philippines, Serbia, Somalia, South-Sudan, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen.

Application and selection process

The selection process as described below applies to scholarships beginning in September 2017.

Student selection will take place in two phases:
Phase 1: FAO will pre-screen candidates and submit applications to the Ministry of Agriculture of Hungary that will send them to the corresponding University as chosen by theapplicants. Students must submit only COMPLETED dossiers. Incomplete dossiers will not be considered. Files without names will not be processed.
Phase 2: Selected candidates may be asked to take a written or oral English examination as part of the admission procedure. The participating Universities will run a further selection process and inform each of the successful candidates. Student selection will be made by the Universities only, without any involvement on the part of FAO. Selected students will also be notified by the Ministry.

Candidates will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

  •  Citizenship and residency of one of the eligible countries
  •  Excellent school achievements
  •  English language proficiency (for courses taught in English)
  •  Motivation
  •  Good health
  •  Age (candidates under 30 are preferred)

Application procedure
Interested applicants should prepare a dossier to be sent by e-mail consisting of:

  • Application form duly completed
  • A recent curriculum vitae
  • A copy of high school/college diploma and transcript/report of study or copy of the diploma attachment
  • A copy of certificate of proficiency in English
  • Copies of relevant pages of passport showing expiration date and passport number
  • A letter of recommendation
  • Statement of motivation
  • Health Certificate issued by Medical Doctor
  • Certificate of Good Conduct issued by local police authority.

All submitted documents must be in English. Documents submitted in any other language will not be accepted. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that documents are duly translated and certified by a competent office; and that each document is saved with a name that identifies what it is.

Deadlines
Applications by interested candidates should be submitted by e-mail to FAO between

04 January 2017 and 28 February 2017

 

Paper copies of dossiers received by post or courier or any other way, will not be taken into consideration.

Important notes
As the number of scholarships is limited, interested applicants are strongly encouraged to E-MAIL their applications as soon as possible.

Applicants who were not selected in previous years may re-apply to the 2017-2018 Programme. These applicants will have to submit the complete dossier once again (by e-mail only).
Please note that the duration of the scholarship cannot be extended or postponed.
A Scholarship Study Contract will be signed between the selected student and the Ministry of Agriculture of Hungary (MoAH), which is the donor of the program, at the time of first semester registration.
Applicants wishing to explore external funding opportunities to cover the travel costs may do so at their own initiative. However, in view of the length of the process, applicants wishing to apply for 2017 scholarships are strongly encouraged to E-MAIL their application while they endeavour to identify funds or pending confirmation that such funds will be granted.
All queries concerning the programme or the application process should be sent by e-mail to: REU-Scholarship@fao.org

Source: FAO Website

Call for PhD studentships – “Genetic and trait characterisation of farmer and genebank sources of bambara groundnut for the development of drought tolerant lines in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.”

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CFF-University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is looking for PhD candidates to conduct a 3-year project entitled “Genetic and trait characterisation of farmer and genebank sources of bambara groundnut for the development of drought tolerant lines in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.”
Project background:

Bambara groundnut has a lot of potential to contribute to food security and poverty alleviation in the face of unpredictable and extreme climate patterns. This is partly due to its resilience traits, such as its drought tolerance and ability to grow in harsh marginal soils.  There is a need to further improve its tolerance to drought while adapting it to different agro-environments, including those that experience intermittently high rainfall. This will establish lines adaptable to environments that face unpredictable water shortages, for both now and future climate changes. These are also regions whose farmers are most insecure in terms of food and income.

Bambara groundnut is also favoured for its nutritional properties, such as its low fat content and amino acid profile. However, consumers often cite its high cooking times as a reason not to purchase more of it. Hence, as well as furthering its beneficial traits – fundamentally, drought tolerance – part of the project will aim to reduce its negative time: primarily, poor cookability.

This PhD project is ultimately aimed at increasing the uptake of bambara groundnut on a global scale, in current and future areas of cultivation and consumption. It is one of seven (and growing) components that comprise a multi-site field trial system across West Africa, Eastern Africa, Southern Africa and Southeast Asia.

Project objectives
The project aims to breed bambara groundnut lines for improved drought tolerance and cookability, which are adapted to local environments, leading to more stable yields of bambara groundnut under dry conditions with shorter cooking times. The objectives are:
i. Test and evaluate core and ‘local’ germplasm for crop performance and productivity.
ii. Identify 25-30 lines with improved quantitative values for drought tolerance and cookability.
iii. Investigate the physiological mechanisms underlying drought tolerance and cookability.
iv. Determine the molecular genetic factors involved in drought tolerance and cookability.
Scholarship details:
i. The studentship will cover a fully funded, three year PhD at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC) and Crops For the Future (CFF).
ii. This studentship is partially funded by the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and agriculture – Benefit Sharing Fund, which covers subsistence (USD 8450 per annum for three years), consumables and equipment.
iii. A fee scholarship is provided by UNMC for registration of the student. The project will be mostly based at the CFF Field Research Centre in Malaysia.
Supervisors:
Prof. Festo Massawe, School of Biosciences, UNMC (festo.massawe@nottingham.edu.my)
Dr Sean Mayes, School of Biosciences, UoN / BamYIELD, CFF (sean.mayes@cffresearch.org)
Dr Aryo Feldman, BamYIELD, CFF (aryo.feldman@cffresearch.org)
Requirements: 
i. First class or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) or MSc in an agricultural, biological or other relevant science.
ii. Applicants whose native language is not English (and whose undergraduate degree was not taught in English) must fulfill UNMC’s English language requirements.
iii. Applicant must be ready to start the three-year studentship before the 1 February 2017.

iv. Application deadline is 21 October 2016. 

Interested applicants must send a detailed CV and copy of BSc and/or MSc certificate and transcript to maysoun.mustafa@cffresearch.org
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Post Doctoral Research Assistant (Crop Pollination) – University of Reading

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The post will coordinate a large scale field experiment to identify the optimal configuration of polliniser trees in UK apple orchards as part of a BBSRC project.

The project is led by the University of Reading’s School of Agriculture, Policy and Development in collaboration with Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and National Institute of Agricultural Botany – East Malling Research.

You will have:

  • A PhD in biology, ecology, agriculture or similar.
  • Experience of working with pollinators or other beneficial insects.
  • Ability to design, implement and coordinate multi-site field experiments.
  • A track record in the multivariate statistical analyses and paper writing.
  • Good organisational skills and ability to coordinate a team of field assistants.

Informal contact details

Contact role: Project Manager
Contact name: Dr Mike Garratt
Contact phone: +44 (0)118 378 6149
Contact emailm.p.garratt@reading.ac.uk

Alternative informal contact details
Contact role: Principal Investigator
Contact name: Prof Simon Potts
Contact phone: +44 (0)118 378 6154
Contact emails.g.potts@reading.ac.uk

To formally apply, please visit www.reading.ac.uk/jobs or contact Human Resources, University of Reading, Whiteknights, PO Box 217, Reading RG6 6AH. Telephone +44(0)118 378 6771 (voicemail)

Closes: 19th October 2016

Interview date : November 1 & 2 2016

Please quote the relevant reference number.

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce and we welcome applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements which will be considered in line with business needs.

Click here to apply  Apply

Source: jobs.ac.uk

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Post-doctoral Research Assistant in Crop Protection Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)

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SRUC is unique in Scotland and one of the largest organisations of its kind in Europe. Our ambitious and exciting vision is to work at local, national and international levels, leading innovation and sustainable development in agriculture and rural sectors.

Working within the Crop & Soils Research Group you will be charged with project management and science delivery in support of the Group Manager Crop and Soils Systems who has retained an active research and KE role in the Crop Protection Team whilst concurrently managing the group.

The post will support work deliverables relating to fungicide efficacy, resistance, integrated pest management, crop health consultancy and crop clinic diagnostics. You will assist with day to day supervision of students and duties will include liaising with clients and collaborators, report and presentation preparation, protocol writing, time management of deliverables, field assessments and engagement with CSS technical staff to service research commitments. Assistance with crop clinic samples, technical writing and support to teaching and consultancy colleagues will also be required.

To be considered, you should possess a BSc in Plant Science or Agriculture with a PhD Plant Protection. Along with experience of working across laboratory, glasshouse and/or field environments, you should be highly numerate with a natural flair for report/paper writing – including creating presentations. Experience of project management, statistical/data analysis, experimental planning and plant pathogen laboratory skills are essential as are the abilities to communicate well, both verbally and in writing.

A full driving licence is required as some travel to remote locations is required in this job. A flexible approach to working hours is an essential requirement of this role.

The salary offered will be in the region of £22,467 – £34,111 and will be based on qualifications and experience.

Closing Date: Thursday, 6th October 2016

Please quote ref: R/CS/087/16.

SRUC Leading the way in Agricultural and Rural Research, Education & Consultancy.

SRUC is committed to valuing Diversity, advancing Equality and respecting Human Rights throughout the organisation and encouraging applications from disabled people using the “Two Ticks – Positive about Disabled People” symbol. SRUC is a member of the Athena SWAN charter.

SRUC: a Charitable company limited by guarantee SC003712. Registered in Scotland No. C103046.

To apply, click here  Apply
Source: jobs.ac.uk

Postdoctoral Fellow in Animal Nutrition at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences

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Postdoctoral Fellow in Animal Nutrition

The Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow in Animal Nutrition.

The six-year position is in the Nutrition Research Group. Currently, the group has eight full professors, seven associate professors, nine research scientists and seven PhD students. The research group works with ruminants, monogastrics, poultry, fur animals, farmed fish, and sports and companion animals, mostly horses and dogs. The group has activities in nutrition, animal production and production systems as well as in feed technology and utilization of feed resources.

 The position

The successful candidate is expected to work with animal nutrition and with a special responsibility for the teaching, supervision and research in horse nutrition and feeding and to develop and manage national and international research projects. She/he will also take part in the departments teaching and supervision of BSc, MSc and PhD students in animal nutrition and physiology of nutrition.

The person appointed is given the opportunity to qualify for a permanent position as Associate Professor or Professor; on basis of achievements in research, teaching, communication, leadership, collaboration with industry and the ability to obtain competitive research grants nationally and internationally. A strong commitment to excellence in teaching is expected. An evaluation will be carried out after four years and towards the end of the six-year period. In case the fellow is granted a permanent Associate Professor position after the 6 years, (s)he is given the opportunity to apply for a full professorship whenever (s)he meets the requirements for such a position. 

Academic Qualifications

  • A PhD degree relevant to the position profile, during the last 5 years
  • A competitive publication record
  • A  record of teaching achievements in line with her/his current position
  • A possible track record of success in winning grants, collaboration with industry and supervising students
  • The successful candidate must demonstrate mastery of both English and one of the Scandinavian languages as working languages. If an appointee is not fluent in a Scandinavian language, the appointee will be expected within a two-year period to learn sufficient Norwegian to be able to participate actively in all functions the position may involve
  • A successful candidate without formal pedagogic skills must complete the NMBU pedagogic course within two years after appointment

Personal skills

  • Strong commitment to excellence in research and teaching
  • Good collaborative and communicative skills

NMBU offers

  • A competitive academic institution with focus on professional development, dissemination and excellence
  • An interdisciplinary environment that provides exciting research- and development opportunities
  • Daily contact with inspiring students and colleagues
  • Beautiful surroundings just outside Oslo

Remuneration

The position is placed in government pay scale position code 1352 Postdoctoral Fellow, wage framework 24 (salary grade 57-77, currently NOK 489.300 – 720.000), depending on qualifications. Seniority Promotion in position

Further information

For further information, please contact Head of Department, Torstein Steine (+47 67232605, torstein.steine@nmbu.no) or Associate Professor Dag Austbø (+47 90627725, dag.austbo@nmbu.no).

Application and appointment process

For other details and to apply for this vacancy, click here to go to the original post and link to the application.

Application deadline: October 6, 2016

Source: Norwegian University of Life Sciences

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Opportunity for PhD Student – Jekyll and Hyde; when good bacteria turn bad

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The Organisation

AgResearch is a leading Crown Research Institute charged with delivering science and innovation to benefit New Zealand agriculture and its wider economy.  Our internationally recognised scientists are dedicated to this mission and we collaborate with world leading science organisations and universities to achieve exceptional science delivery. We are proud to be unique organisation that is driving prosperity by transforming agriculture to better equip our future generations to come.

The Role

Identifying key molecular triggers that transform bacteria from “good to bad” is critical to understand and control inter-conversion between beneficial and harmful properties. Our research has found two phylogenetically similar strains of Lactobacillus fermentum which have contrasting effects on intestinal epithelial barrier integrity. One strain, AGR1485, was found to maintain the barrier integrity of cultured human epithelial colorectal adenocarcinoma Caco-2 cell monolayers, while the other, AGR1487, decreased the integrity. A healthy intestinal barrier is essential to preventing unwanted components entering our body and causing inflammatory and autoimmune diseases.

We are seeking an outstanding PhD candidate to undertake research to determine the genetic mechanisms responsible for the different effects of the two L. fermentum strains. Initial comparative analyses of draft genome sequences reveal that the strains have highly similar gene contents. However, a small number of loci have been found in AGR1487 but not AGR1485. These strains provides a unique opportunity to understand how the difference of a few factors may impact the health of the host, and how its manipulation can radically alter the balance of host microbial interactions. Using comparative genomics analyses, RNA sequencing, and site directed mutagenesis, the student will elucidate mechanisms that determine how phylogenetically similar strains can have markedly different effects and further the knowledge of Lactobacillus genome biology and its interactions with the health of the host.

Duties

  • Completing relevant Massey University course(s) deemed necessary by supervisors (depending on previous experience)
  • Presenting a research seminar and written report to gain confirmation of PhD programme registration one year after starting
  • Meeting regularly with supervisors to discuss plans and results
  • Presenting plans for research and experimental protocols to supervisors for review prior to carrying out
  • Completing laboratory experiments using techniques such as cell culture, bioassays, gene and protein expression analysis, genome editing and comparative genomics analyses.
  • Completing rodent experiments including day-to-day handling and terminal tissue sampling
  • Carrying out data analysis, including statistical analysis using Genstat and R and other bioinformatics packages
  • Writing a PhD thesis, including an extensive literature review, 3-5 research chapters and a general discussion
  • Submitting manuscripts to journals, including a mini-review article and at least two research articles, before the thesis is submitted
  • Complying with Health and Safety Policies as set by AgResearch and at all times have consideration for the safety of themselves and others in the workplace
  • Ensuring legislative compliance, (e.g., Department of Labour, HSNO, EPA Animal Ethics) and appropriate data security

About you

  • A relevant Masters or Honours degree (e.g. physiology, molecular biology, immunology, microbiology) with a minimum grade of 2(i) or equivalent.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills (IELTS score of 6.5 required if English is not first language).
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Diligence, resilience and enthusiasm.
  • Previous cell culture, molecular biology, and genomics experience would be preferred. Experience in bioinformatics and R would also be advantageous.

Benefits

The three year studentships includes an annual tax-free stipend of NZD30,000 plus tuition fees and consumables. The research will be undertaken within the Food Nutrition & Health team at AgResearch Grasslands in Palmerston North, New Zealand. The project is funded by the Riddet Centre of Research Excellence and the student will be enrolled at Massey University in Palmerston North

  • The opportunity to take part in leading edge research.
  • Be a part of a successful multidisciplinary research team.
  • Develop your career as an independent researcher.

How to apply

Closing date for applications is 31 August 2016

Please apply online viahttps://careers.sciencenewzealand.org/jobdetails/ajid/oWMV7/PhD-Student-Jekyll-and-Hyde-when-good-bacteria-turn-bad,18470.html  or contact Associate Prof Nicole on +64-6-351-8110 for a confidential discussion.

Opportunity for PhD Student in New Zealand – Smart gut in early life

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The Organisation

AgResearch is a leading Crown Research Institute charged with delivering science and innovation to benefit New Zealand agriculture and its wider economy.  Our internationally recognised scientists are dedicated to this mission and we collaborate with world leading science organisations and universities to achieve exceptional science delivery. We are proud to be unique organisation that is driving prosperity by transforming agriculture to better equip our future generations to come.

The Role

We are seeking an outstanding PhD candidate to undertake research to determine the effects of milk fat globule (MFGM) membrane on brain development and function in early life. MFGM is a 3-layer membrane covering the fat globule, and consists of complex lipids and proteins recognised to be essential for brain development, and to promote bacterial growth. The student will test the hypothesis that human and bovine MFGM differentially affects the production of neuromodulatory molecules by the bowel microbiota, leading to improvement in biomarkers of brain development and function.

About you

The ideal candidates must have:

•  A relevant Masters or Honours degree (e.g. physiology, molecular biology, microbiology, food technology) with a minimum A- grade (or equivalent)

•  Excellent written and oral communication skills (IELTS score of 6.5 required if English is not first language)

•  Strong analytical and problem solving skills

•   Diligence, resilience and enthusiasm.

Previous experience working with animal studies and/or molecular biology laboratory would be advantageous.

Benefits

The three year studentships includes an annual tax-free stipend of NZD30,000 plus tuition fees and consumables. The research will be undertaken within the Food Nutrition & Health team at AgResearch Grasslands in Palmerston North, New Zealand. The project is funded by the Riddet Centre of Research Excellence and the student will be enrolled at Massey University in Palmerston North

  • The opportunity to take part in leading edge research.
  • Be a part of a successful multidisciplinary research team.
  • Develop your career as an independent researcher.

How to apply

The closing date for applications is 30 September 2016. Please apply online viahttps://careers.sciencenewzealand.org/jobdetails/ajid/FpQV7/PhD-Student-Smart-gut-in-early-life,18488.html

The intended start date for the projects are 01 November 2016, or as soon as possible after this date. Interested persons can contact Dr Caroline Thum by email caroline.thum@agresearch.co.nz or Assoc Prof Nicole Roy by email nicole.roy@agresearch.co.nz

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