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Linking sex-specific adaptation to the evolution of infectious disease

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

Project Description

The science that guides our understanding of health and infectious disease routinely overlooks the pervading impact of sex. Males and females commonly differ in their susceptibility to infection, yet gaps in current theory limit our ability to understand the consequences of such variation for the evolution of infectious disease. We are looking for a highly-motivated candidate interested in developing both empirical and/or theoretical approaches that help to predict the evolution of infectious disease in any species with separate sexes.

To find out more please visit http://www.mattdhall.com and see http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/373/1757/20170431

Candidates with experience in evolutionary genetics, behavioural ecology or host-pathogen interactions are encouraged to apply, although experience in these areas is not necessary. There are opportunities to design projects that focus on population biology, evolutionary genetics, experimental epidemiology, or combinations of the above. The starting date can be any time during the first half of 2019.

Application process: Interested candidates should send their CV and academic transcript, along with a cover letter outlining their research interests and motivation to . Applicants must possess a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree with first-class Honours, Master of Science or MPhil. Short-listed candidates will be asked for further information and will be interviewed.

Funding Notes

The PhD stipend is fully-funded for a period of 3.5 years and is open to both Australian/NZ domestic and international students. The stipends include all tuition fees (normally $38,900 per year) plus approximately $28,000 AUD per annum tax-free, and the cost of compulsory Overseas Student Health Cover. Domestic students will be encouraged to apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award, with a top-up scholarship awarded to successful recipients (tax-free rate of approximately $25,000 AUD, top up of $5000). A one-off relocation award of $1,000 is also available to students coming from interstate or overseas.

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