A PhD student position is available with Josh Mylne, an Australian Research Council Queen Elizabeth II Fellow and the current John S. Mattick Fellow (www.imb.uq.edu.au/mylne). Dr Mylne is based within the Chemistry & Structural Biology Division of the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at The University of Queensland (www.uq.edu.au) in Brisbane, Australia. This is a 3-year position and carries a tax-free stipend of $AUD 22,860 ($AUD 1 = $US 1.03).
The project pursues the evolutionary origin of ultrastable and bioactive seed peptides, found in sunflower to emerge by hijacking a seed protein and its maturation machinery (http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/NChemBio.542). The project is multi-disciplinary and will involve next generation sequencing, de novo transcriptome assembly, molecular biology, Arabidopsis genetic engineering and mass spectrometry. There is also scope to acquire skills in NMR structural biology.
Applicants should have a degree in Biology, Biochemistry or a related discipline, with excellent communication skills. Experience in plant research, molecular biology, and biochemistry techniques is a plus. Interested candidates should send before December 12th, their CV and a letter of motivation including a brief description of previous activities to j.mylne from imb.uq.edu.au. Short listed candidates will be asked to provide 2-3 letters of reference.
The Institute for Molecular Bioscience is a world-class research institute located at The University of Queensland, in Brisbane, Australia. The IMB's mission is to decipher the information contained in the genes, proteins and molecules of humans, animals and plants. It houses 32 research groups in the Divisions of Computational Biology and Genomics, Chemical and Structural Biology, Molecular Cell Biology, and Molecular Genetics and Development. Our emphasis is on quality basic research and its translation into medical and biotechnological outcomes.
The University of Queensland (UQ) is both the largest and oldest university in Queensland. Recently, UQ was given an overall ranking as one of the top 100 universities in the world by the Times Higher Education, with a ranking of 74. UQ has 1011 full-time life science researchers and was ranked as the top Australian university in life sciences and 26th in the world, according to Times Higher Education. UQ was also voted one of the top three international academic institutions outside the USA in The Scientist magazine's annual Best Places to Work in Academia 2010 survey.
Mylne & Wigge (2011) Nature Chemical Biology 7:666-667.
Mylne et al. (2011) Nature Chemical Biology 7:257-259.
Dr Joshua S. Mylne
ARC QEII Fellow
Chemistry & Structural Biology Division
Institute for Molecular Bioscience
The University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD, 4072, Australia
T: +61 7 3346 2021
E: j.mylne from imb.uq.edu.au
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