Massey University, Auckland, Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated student with interests in microbiology, evolution, and genomics to work on the evolution of behaviour and memory in natural populations of E. coli. The project will involve characterising the behaviour of bacteria using a range of cutting-edge techniques, including microfluidics, automated image analysis, and high-throughput flow cytometry. Modern techniques in experimental evolution, genomic analysis, and computational / statistical analyses will also be used. The precise research direction of the project will depend on where the student's passions lie.
Applicants with a background in molecular biology and microbial genetics are especially encouraged to apply. Previous experience in R / Python / (Perl) is also highly desirable.
The Silander Lab is a newly established lab in the Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at Massey University, Auckland. We are interested in microbial evolution, with a focus on the evolution of transcriptional regulation and other quantitative phenotypes, especially on the single-cell level.
The Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences has a young and dynamic faculty with a broad range of research interests, from statistics to ecology to evolution. Massey University is located on the North Shore of Auckland, a city which is regularly ranked among the most liveable cities in the world.
The three year scholarship covers all university fees and includes an annual tax-exempt stipend of $25,000 NZD.
To apply, please send a cover letter and CV, including the names of two references, as a single pdf to Dr. Olin Silander (firstname.lastname@example.org). See osilander.wordpress.com for more information on the lab. Application deadline is Sept. 1 2016. Start date upon mutual agreement, preferably before the end of 2016.