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[Yeast] Yeast genetics PhD positions available

Ganley, Austen via yeast%40net.bio.net (by A.R.Ganley from massey.ac.nz)
Tue Nov 2 17:56:47 EST 2010

Dear YEAST members,

I would like to draw your attention to two PhD scholarships in yeast genetics we have available at Massey University. I would appreciate it if you could circulate this around any potential candidates you know of.

Many thanks,


Austen Ganley (PhD)
Senior Lecturer, Room 14.05
Institute of Natural Sciences
Oteha Rohe Campus
Station Crescent
Gate 4
Massey University (Albany)

Phone +64-9-414-0800 ext 41512
Fax   +64-9-441-8142

Mailing address:
    Building 11, INS
    Massey University (Albany)
    Private Bag 102-904
    North Shore Mail Centre

Two PhD positions are available to study at Massey University in New Zealand in the fields of genome architecture and yeast chromosome segregation. These positions are funded by the Marsden fund, New Zealand's pre-eminent basic research fund.

Stipend is NZ$25,000 per annum, plus University enrolment fees.

1.)  Gene position and memory in yeast

Yeast cells maintain a memory of past events. This memory enables rapid modulation of gene expression in response to stimuli that have been previously experienced. Unlike our memory, which relies upon neuronal connections, yeast memory relies upon three-dimensional genome structure and in particular the position of a locus within nuclear space.

This project will be supervised by Dr. Justin M. O'Sullivan and will use molecular and microscopic techniques to determine how gene position relates to genetic memory in baker's yeast.
More information can be found at:

Applicants should have a background in genetics, molecular biology and bioinformatics, or related subjects.

2.) Role of the ribosomal DNA repeats in chromosome segregation

The ribosomal DNA (rDNA) is a fundamental player in cell biology, and has a number of unique properties. This project will investigate the role of the rDNA in chromosome segregation.
The successful candidate will explore whether faithful chromosome segregation is impeded in chromosomes that carry the rDNA, and to determine the genetic pathways that underlie rDNA interference of segregation.

This project will be supervised by Dr. Austen Ganley, and will combine the power of genetics in the model organism, Saccharomyces cerevisiae with the latest techniques in molecular biology.
More information can be found at:
http://www.massey.ac.nz/~aganley/rDNA_PhD.html <http://www.massey.ac.nz/%7Eaganley/rDNA_PhD.html><http://www.massey.ac.nz/%7Eaganley/rDNA_PhD.html>

Applicants should have a background in genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, or related subjects.

Requests for further information about research projects or about the Massey University PhD program should be directed to:
Dr. Justin O'Sullivan  (J.M.OSullivan from massey.ac.nz)
Dr. Austen Ganley  (A.R.Ganley from massey.ac.nz)

Applications should be e-mailed to appropriate address for the project you wish to apply for, and should include a full CV, a cover letter outlining your interests in relation to this research, and the names and contact details of two academic referees. The process of reviewing applications will begin in late December 2010.

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