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Genetic surveillance of anticoagulant rodenticide resistance in the Irish rodent population

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Dr D O'Meara , Dr D O'Neill No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Post summary

The aim of this project is to assess the prevalence of genetic resistance associated with anticoagulant based rodenticides within the Irish rodent population. Most rodenticides consist of anticoagulation substances that once ingested by the rodent effectively stop the rodent’s ability to clot blood resulting in death. We will work in partnership with members of The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) to carry out a national survey to assess the prevalence of genetic resistance associated with anticoagulants in Ireland. This will involve the collection of rodent samples in collaboration with CRRU and genotyping key DNA regions of interest. Novel aspects of this project will include the design of real-time PCR assays specifically targeting each of the key DNA regions of interest which can be applied to faecal DNA samples, reducing the time required for trapping and DNA analysis. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis will also be used to identify the strain/haplotype to assess levels of diversity within the Irish population.

Standard duties and responsibilities of the scholarship

• Working as part of project team, and regularly communicating with members of the project team and project partner.
• Working with members of CRRU to coordinate the collection and storage of samples.
• Collating, managing and analysing diverse data sets.
• Report writing.
• Partaking in appropriate training and professional development opportunities as required.
• To engage with other team members on projects related to the Molecular Ecology Research Group.

Person specification

Qualifications and Experience

Essential: Minimum of a 2H1 in a biological related discipline. Knowledge of rodent ecology and molecular biology.
Desirable: Experience in a molecular ecology lab, conducting ecological field work and research experience.

Skills & Competencies

Essential: Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details. The applicant should be research-focused and self-motivated.
Desirable: Molecular biology, field biology, full drivers license, communication with stakeholders.

Further information

For any informal queries, please contact Denise O’Meara or David O’Neill by email on [Email Address Removed] or [Email Address Removed].
For queries relating to the application and admission process please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office via email [Email Address Removed] or telephone +353 (0)51 302883.

Application procedure

Please download the Research Postgraduate Application Form from the WIT Website and return completed applications to [Email Address Removed] quoting (WD_2020_20) in the email subject line. Please note that paper submissions will not be accepted.
Any queries relating to the application process should be emailed to [Email Address Removed].

Funding Notes

This is a 2 year masters programme. The scholarship consists of:

Stipend: €12,000 x 2 years
Fees: covered for 2 years
Research costs: €2,000 x 2 years

Closing date and time: Friday 7th August 2020 at 3pm Irish time (GMT+1)
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