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Location University of Technology Sydney, Faculty of Science
Discipline
App. deadline 30/04/2018
Funding
  • Scholarship available
Project ID SD1
Eligibility Australian and New Zealand residents

Genomic surveillance of multi-drug resistant E. coli from humans and environmental sources

We are interested in how complex antibiotic resistance and virulence gene loci move between bacteria that reside within complex microbial communities in the gut and between reservoirs where antibiotics are used heavily or accumulate in high concentrations. This project is based on the use of high-throughput genome sequencing and bioinformatics to analyse samples collected from diverse sources such as farm animals, wastewater, estuaries and other aquatic environments, and hospitals and hospital patients.

This project will be based on the construction of bacterial genome sequence databanks of pathogens (and commensals) that affect both human, food animal and plant health. Analysis of E. coli from a range of sources will help to gain insight into how they transmit multi-drug resistance and facilitate tracking of mobile elements.

Desirable skills and qualifications:
• Expertise in DNA sequence analysis, bioinformatics, antimicrobial resistance
• Driving licence

This is an Ausgem-funded research project. The successful candidate will be awarded $26,682 per annum over 3.5 years.To apply, please send your CV and a ½ page expression of interest.

New Zealand graduates are considered as domestic students and are exempt from international student fees.

Applicants are required to have the equivalent of a BSc Honours or Masters by Research degree and must also apply for admission to UTS' PhD degree program.



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Prof Steven Djordjevic