Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD studentship to study the role of mobile genetic elements in the spread of virulence factors within bacterial populations.
The phytopathogen Erwinia carotovora will be used as a model system to investigate the molecular basis for mobility of the pathogenicity island HAI2, which encodes coronafacic acid (cfa).
Cfa is a virulence factor involved in the development of blackleg disease in potato.
The PhD studentship will be based in the Plant Pathology and Microbiology Group at the New Zealand Institute of Crop & Food Research, Lincoln, New Zealand as part of a Royal Society of New Zealand-funded Marsden grant.
The studentship will commence in March (some flexibility), and includes a NZ$24,500 per annum tax-free stipend and course fees for 3 years at Otago University.
This project is a collaboration between Otago University (www.otago.ac.nz), New Zealand Institute of Crop & Food Research (www.crop.cri.nz), and the University of the West of England, United Kingdom (www.uwe.ac.uk).
For more information about the project and how to apply please refer to the New Zealand Institute of Crop & Food Research website at www.crop.cri.nz or contact either Dr Andrew Pitman at the New Zealand Institute of Crop & Food Research (pitmana [at] crop.cri.nz) or Professor Clive Ronson at Otago University (Clive.Ronson [at] stonebow.otago.ac.nz).
Candidates should have or expect to obtain, a first or upper second class honours degree and have a background in molecular biology/bacteriology/genetics.
Follow the links below for more details and application contacts.