PhD Scholarship available starting Spring 2016 (Northern Hemisphere Fall)

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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 in the Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at Massey University, Auckland. The Institute 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 email a cover letter and CV, including the names of two references, as a single pdf.

Application deadline is Sept. 1 2016. Start date upon mutual agreement, preferably before the end of 2016.

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