Research Assistant / Research Fellow at Monash University

Monash University is offering postdoctoral associate position in molecular biology. Applications are welcome before July 08, 2019.

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a global non-profit initiative that calls Monash University home. The Institute of Vector-Borne Disease (IVBD) is collaborating with the World Mosquito Program (WMP) to protect countries around the world from mosquito-borne viruses that threaten the health of people living in tropical and subtropical regions. The WMP uses safe and natural bacteria called Wolbachia to reduce the ability of mosquitoes to transmit diseases including Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya. Following many years of laboratory research and field trials, the WMP now operates in 12 countries and is expanding. The IVBD seeks to build upon this with a genetic research and surveillance program that can quantify the impact of Wolbachia rollout on vector, human and pathogen populations, and can provide insights into the natural epidemiology of vector-borne diseases.

We are looking for an experienced Research Assistant / Research Fellow to support a broad range of studies in the Genomics and Mechanism teams. This Fixed-Term opportunity, with the possibility of extension, will be reporting to the Senior Research Fellow (Vector and Pathogen Genomics).

The Research Assistant / Research Fellow will play a key role in the development of our genomics research program, being responsible for all tasks relating to the generation of high-quality genomic sequence for a wide range of vector, bacterial and viral species. This will include the generation of sequencing libraries at both large and small scales; the management and curation of genetic data; the implementation of techniques for sequencing mixed pathogen samples; the development of molecular diagnostic and sequence-based assays for species/strain detection; and the development of novel and optimised approaches for all of the above. Where novel techniques are devised we will strongly support the Research Assistant in generating high quality academic publications and developing an independent research profile.

As the successful candidate, you will have experience in the preparation of Illumina sequencing libraries including quantification, size and purity assays; excellent technical skills in molecular biology techniques such as q(rt)PCR, ddPCR, cloning, etc; and experience of genomic data management and curation. Candidates who have experience in the particular demands of pathogen sequence, complex/mixed sample sequencing, hybrid-capture techniques, or who have experience working with low-quality input samples such as desiccated, aged, or otherwise degraded DNA will be preferred. Experience with genetic manipulation techniques such as ZFN/TALEN/CRISPR would be a distinct advantage.

As the role is in a rapidly developing institute and platform, the role would suit somebody independent and resourceful who is adept at quickly building effective working relationships with a range of local and international project partners, multi-disciplinary colleagues and key stakeholders.

This role is a full-time position; however, flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

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