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Positions - The University of Melbourne

Robin Gasser gasserr at optushome.com
Sat Nov 24 02:21:52 EST 2001

The University of Melbourne, Australia

We are seeking a high calibre, skilled research scientist (with or 
without PhD) or graduate students committed to nematode genomics. You 
will characterise gender-specific genes from parasitic nematodes 
isolated by suppression subtractive hybridisation, determine their 
sequences, characterise expression profiles in different 
developmental stages or tissues and examine their functions. In 
particular, the roles of Caenorhabditis elegans homologues will be 
investigated in detail using advanced approaches, such as 
double-stranded RNA interference. This research will provide insights 
into molecular aspects of reproduction and development in parasitic 
nematodes, and will work toward developing novel approaches for 
parasite control.

Applicants must have skills in gene isolation using differential 
screening methods, sequence analysis, prokaryotic and/or eukaryotic 
gene expression, and experience with emerging technologies of genome 
analysis. Candidates with significant experience and skills with RNAi 
and/or transgenesis in C. elegans are preferred. Skills in 
computational biology would be advantageous.

As a research scientist, you will be employed for 2 years 
(full-time), subject to satisfactory probation; salary will depend on 
experience and will follow the University of Melbourne scales. 
Skilled persons seeking to undertake postgraduate research (Master or 
PhD) are also encouraged to apply; postgraduate scholarships are for 
up to 3 years and are awarded based on merit.

Prospective applicants can make contact with Associate Professor 
Robin Gasser, Department of Veterinary Science, The University of 
Melbourne. Email: r.gasser at vet.unimelb.edu.au; fax: +61-3-97312366.

The closing date for applications is 30th December, 2001.

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