The Engelstaedter lab at The University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia) invites applications for a PhD position in microbial evolution. The successful candidate will work on a fully funded project investigating the evolutionary genetics of multidrug resistance in bacteria, aiming to gain a better understanding of distributions of fitness effects of resistance mutations and their epistatic interactions, as well as the repeatability and predictability of resistance evolution. Methods to be employed include high-throughput fitness assays, whole genome sequencing, experimental evolution and mathematical modelling. This is a joint project with and will be co-supervised by Isabel Gordo (Gulbenkian Institute, Portugal). For more information about our labs, please visit http://www.engelstaedterlab.org and http://eao.igc.gulbenkian.pt.
We are looking for a highly motivated student with a strong background in evolutionary biology, population genetics and/or microbiology. Applicants should possess a Bachelor’s degree with Honours, Master of Science, MPhil or equivalent. Good communication skills, quantitative skills, scientific curiosity and enthusiasm for research in evolutionary biology are essential. The successful applicant will receive a full tuition fee waiver as well as a living stipend.
The School of Biological Sciences is a large and research-intensive unit at the University of Queensland, one of Australia’s most prestigious universities. Brisbane is the third-largest city in Australia and offers mild subtropical climate, vibrant cultural life, plenty of outdoor activities and native wildlife.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV, academic transcript, names and contact details of two referees and a brief outline of their research interests to [email protected]. Screening of applicants will begin 1/4/2019 and continue until the position is filled. Informal inquiries are welcome.