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Developing genomic resources to advance the molecular ecology of invasions

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    Dr Richard Edwards
    Prof Marc Wilkins
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Project Description

UNSW is now accepting expression of interest for the next round of Scientia PhD Scholarships, including our project:

Developing genomic resources to advance the molecular ecology of invasions

These are exciting four-year scholarships to start in 2020 with full fees covered, a generous stipend, and career development funds.

Scheme URL: https://www.scientia.unsw.edu.au/scientia-phd-scholarships
Application closing date: 12 July 2019
Location: University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Invasive species pose a major challenge to biodiversity worldwide but also provide the unique opportunity to study evolution in action. Rapid changes are often associated with invaders’ introduction to novel environments. Understanding how molecular mechanisms drive these changes enables the creation of innovative solutions to controlling invasions and managing native species’ response to climatic change. The iconic Australian cane toad invasion is one of the best studied globally and is an emerging model for invasion genomics. This project will use whole genome sequencing, novel bioinformatic approaches and proteomics to identify molecular drivers of invasion success.

IDEAL CANDIDATE:
We seek a highly motivated, curiosity-driven student with an interest in evolutionary biology and bioinformatics, who would like to understand why invasive species flourish. Ideally, candidates will have demonstrated computer literacy and be willing to learn new approaches to analysing genomic and proteomic data. Strong writing skills will be an asset. We will consider applicants coming from either a computing background who want to work in evolutionary biology or those with evolutionary biology backgrounds and a keen interest in bioinformatics. The supervisory team offer a high level of support in the fields of evolutionary biology, genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics. This project provides the opportunity for the successful applicant to develop the most current skills and build a successful career in these fields while contributing to solutions for two major global issues: loss of biodiversity and species’ response to climate change.

SUPERVISORY TEAM:
Dr Lee Ann Rollins – Science: Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences
Dr Richard Edwards – Science: Biotechnology & Biomolecular Sciences
Prof Marc Wilkins – Science: Biotechnology & Biomolecular Sciences

HOW TO APPLY:
Complete an expression of interest at: https://www.scientia.unsw.edu.au/scientia-phd-scholarships/developing-genomic-resources-advance-molecular-ecology-invasions

The strongest expressions will receive an invitation to submit a full application to the scholarship competition.

About the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences:
The School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences is one of the largest and most prestigious schools of scientific research and teaching in Australia. Research in the School ranges from human bacterial pathogens, hepatitis viruses, tissue engineering, cancer, cell biology, genetics and bioinformatics to functional genomics and extremophiles. Our staff have an international reputation for research excellence and have established collaborative links with industry and other research institutions in Australia and overseas.

About UNSW Sydney:
UNSW Sydney is a powerhouse of cutting-edge research, teaching and innovation. UNSW is one of the top 100 universities in the world, with more than 59,000 students and a 7,000-strong research community. Located in Sydney, Australia’s largest city, the University was established in 1949 with a unique focus on the scientific, technological and professional disciplines. UNSW is committed to making a difference by focusing on areas critical to the future. Pioneering research and sustained innovation are addressing some of the most important issues of today – from climate change and renewable energies to lifesaving medical treatments and breakthrough technologies. In the social sciences, UNSW research informs policy and expert commentary in issues facing society, ranging from human rights and constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians to public health and population ageing. UNSW offers an extensive range of undergraduate, postgraduate and research programs.

CONTACT:
To discuss the project and related opportunities, please contact Lee Ann Rollins ([Email Address Removed] / @rollins_lee) or Rich Edwards ([Email Address Removed] / @slimsuite).



Funding Notes

The UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme is part of our dedication to harnessing our cutting-edge research to solve complex problems and improve the lives of people in local and global communities. Scientia candidates will have a strong commitment to making a difference in the world with demonstrated potential for contributing to the social engagement and/or global impact pillars of the UNSW 2025 Strategy.
Applicants are required to express their interest in a specific research area with an identified supervisory team. There are over 190 research projects to choose from.

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