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Development of biosensor to detect mammal pests


   Molecular Sensing

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  Dr Andrew Kralicek, Prof Jadranka Travas-Sejdic  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Introduced invasive mammals are one of the greatest threats to New Zealand’s native flora and fauna. Biosensors that can detect pest-specific biomarker molecules have potential to produce a step-change in the remote sensing of such pests for eradication. Based with our Molecular Sensing team in Plant & Food Research (PFR) in Auckland, this is an exciting PhD opportunity at the biotech/nanotech interface which aims to develop biosensor technology for mammal pest detection and surveillance.

The PhD project will involve the development of biological receptors for the sensitive and selective detection of mammal pest-specific biomarker molecules. This will include characterisation of these receptors ligand binding abilities and coupling to sensor formats for incorporation in wireless devices for remote sensing in the field. The student will work with Dr Andrew Kralicek, Molecular Sensing Team Leader (PFR) and Professor Jadranka Travas-Sejdic from the School of Chemical Sciences (University of Auckland).

The studentship offers 3-year PhD stipend/fees funded by the NZ Biological Heritage National Science Challenge.

Candidates will have relevant postgraduate qualifications in molecular biology and experience in data analysis (qualitative and/or quantitative). A background in materials chemistry would be desirable. Candidates must meet the University of Auckland eligibility criteria to enrol for this PhD.

For registration details and to apply for this position please visit www.careers.plantandfood.co.nz and search under ’Apply for a Job’’

Please quote vacancy number 22910

Funding Notes

We have funding for a 3 year PhD studentship (stipend and fees) at the University of Auckland, NZ.
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