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Evolutionary genetics of antibiotic resistance

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

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 and

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 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 . Screening of applicants will begin 1/9/2019 and continue until the position is filled. Informal inquiries are welcome.

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