One fully funded PhD position is available in the research group of Dr. Mike McDonald to undertake research at the interface of experimental evolution and microbiome ecology. The project will involve the handling and passaging of bacteria, whole genome sequencing, cutting edge molecular genetic techniques and DNA sequence data analysis. Our goal is to use experimental evolution to track co-evolution and Horizontal Gene Transfer in model, lab-based microbiomes. Specifics of the research project will be discussed upon application.
The ideal candidate for this scholarship will have either basic microbiology or molecular biology skills or experience with computer programming or statistical analysis. A background in evolutionary biology is of an advantage, but not strictly necessary.
The studentship covers all university fees and includes an annual stipend of AUD$26,300. The Monash University PhD program has been adapted to the multiple potential career outcomes of the 21st century PhD graduate, including extensive training and support.
Applicants must have a BSc(Hons) or MSc degree in a relevant discipline. Both local and international students are encouraged to apply.
Monash University is located in Melbourne- a city consistently ranked as the most livable city in the world. Monash is one of Australia’s prestigious group of eight research institutions- this is your chance to work in a collegial, research intensive environment with access to excellent facilities.
To apply for the position, please send a cover letter stating your Research interests, a Curriculum Vitae, a copy of your academic transcript, and the names of two referees.