RESEARCH FELLOW IN BACTERIAL-ALGAL SYMBIOSIS
About the role: The Research Fellow will conduct biophysical research into the symbiosis between bacteria and dinoflagellate endosymbionts of corals with the aim to better understand their symbiotic formation and maintenance. Key methodologies include fluorescence lifetime microscopy, microfluidics, pulse amplitude modulated fluorometry, mini-Tn7 transposon labelling of bacteria and imaging mass spectrometry. The bacteria are diverse and likely come from several phyla, while the alga, Breviolum minutum , is from the family Symbiodiniaceae.
The work will primarily take place in the Microbial Symbiosis Laboratory at the University of Melbourne. The work is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Symbiosis Model Systems via a multidisciplinary grant to Prof Linda Blackall (BioSciences), Prof Madeleine van Oppen (BioSciences), Dr Elizabeth Hinde (Physics) and Dr Douglas Brumley (Mathematics and Statistics). About you: Completion (or near completion) of a PhD in Science – with a focus on the study of microbiology by biophysical and/or chemical approaches.
Skills and Experience required to fulfill the position: Demonstrated experience in conducting independent research on microorganisms. Demonstrated experience in fluorescence microscopy and/or microfluidics. Demonstrated experience in statistical analyses.
A demonstrated aptitude for research, with a sound publication record in relevant areas, commensurate with experience and opportunities. Demonstrated ability to prepare research reports and manuscripts for publication. Strong evidence of ability and desire to build an academic research career.
Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Excellent ability to work co-operatively and positively in a multi-disciplinary research-based team environment and liaise with people from diverse backgrounds. Demonstrated ability to develop, administer and see through to completion appropriately designed research projects with limited supervision.