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Casual Research Assistant (Microfluidics)The University of Queensland
School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences The School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences (SCMB) combines the disciplines of Chemistry, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Parasitology into a single academic unit. The School has modern research laboratories with state-of-the-art equipment and research infrastructure. The School includes over 50 academic staff, who are widely published internationally and have extensive research backgrounds.
Information about the School and research interests of academic staff may be found on the web site http://www.scmb.uq.
edu.au . The Australian Centre for Ecogenomics (ACE) is a strategic research initiative established at University of Queensland in 2010 under the direction of Professor Phil Hugenholtz and has since become a globally recognised hub of culture-independent microbiology.
It provides a focal point for sequence-based analysis of microbial communities and builds strength in this space not only in Australia, but the southern hemisphere as a whole. ACE is located on Level 5 & 6 of the Molecular Biosciences Building (76) in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences (SCMB). More information about ACE and SCMB may be found on the web sites ACE Website and SCMB Website respectively.
About This Opportunity This position is located at our picturesque St Lucia campus , renowned as one of Australia’s most attractive university campuses, and located just 7km from Brisbane’s city centre. Bounded by the Brisbane River on three sides, and with outstanding public transport connections, our 114-hectare site provides a perfect work environment – you can enjoy the best of both worlds: a vibrant campus with the tradition of an established university. The Australian Centre for Ecogenomics (ACE) is a dynamic and exciting research environment that brings together leading researchers in molecular microbial ecology, evolution and bioinformatics.
ACE is located within the School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences (SCMB) at the University of Queensland and features modern laboratories with in-house sequencing capacity and high performance computing. See also: ACE Website and SCMB Website . The research group of Dr.
Christian Rinke at ACE uses culture independent techniques to study novel microbial lineages (microbial dark matter) in aquatic environments. Dr. Rinke pioneered methods in high throughput single-cell genomics, the separation and sequencing of single bacterial and archaeal cells, and metagenomics, the direct sequencing of environmental samples (see Rinke UQ research profile ).
The successful applicant will be part of a project establishing a microfluidics workflow to amplify microbial single-cell genomes, viruses, and plasmids, followed by a bioinformatics-based genome recovery and metabolic reconstruction. Experience with droplet-based microfluidics, e.g.
cell encapsulations with hydrogels, and with molecular biology techniques, e.g. DNA extraction and PCR, are preferred.