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Microbial chemotaxis in the phyllosphere

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    Dr Monica Gerth
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Project Description

A PhD position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Monica Gerth (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) exploring fundamental aspects of microbial chemotaxis. Chemotaxis is a process by which motile bacteria sense their environment and navigate towards favourable conditions. This PhD project is focused on chemotaxis in the phyllosphere – in particular, how microbial plant pathogens successfully navigate leaf surfaces to locate potential entry sites and colonise the host. The project involves mapping the metabolites present in the phyllosphere (metabolomics), and characterizing the chemosensory repertoire of the microbe (protein biochemistry, genetics and microscopy). As such, it will provide a multi-disciplinary training opportunity for the right candidate.

Dr Gerth is seeking an intellectually curious, self-motivated and collegial student to join her research group on this project. A background in microbiology, biochemistry or a related discipline is essential. Applicants must also meet all the Victoria University of Wellington requirements for entry, as described here:
(applicants who do not meet these baseline requirements will not be considered).

A start date by April 2019 is preferable, however this is negotiable.

Location: The position is based in the School of Biological Sciences (SBS) at Victoria University of Wellington. Wellington is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, with a vibrant downtown, a beautiful harbour, and easy access to the hills/outdoors:

The School of Biological Sciences is a diverse and stimulating academic environment, with research groups spanning from biochemistry to ecology. Dr. Gerth’s lab is located in a brand new research/teaching building on the Kelburn Campus (~10-15 minute walk to the city centre).

More information about Dr. Gerth’s research group be found here:

To apply, please send the following documents to [Email Address Removed]:

- A cover letter explaining how this project fits with your interestsexpertise.
- A curriculum vitae.
- A copy of your academic transcript (including a list of grades).
- The names of at least two academic referees.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 15 February, 2019.

Funding Notes

This is a grant-funded position that provides 3-years of stipend (NZ$27,500 per year) and tuition fees.

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