Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI), Monash University
Multiple PhD positions are available for highly motivated trainees in the field of Stem cells, Epigenetics, Gene regulation and Computational Biology at “Epigenetics and Gene regulation Laboratory” within Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
BDI Monash University is one of the largest and most successful biomedical research institutes in Australia. The BDI brings together more than 100 teams in a highly interactive environment, with access to truly world-class infrastructures. For details, please look at- https://www.monash.edu/discovery-institute
Our laboratory research interest focuses on how transcription factors (TFs) and epigenetic regulators, along with small RNAs and long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) regulate gene expression programs in ESCs, neural stem cells and differentiated cells under normal and pathological conditions, such as, cancers and neurodegenerative diseases. We use various experimental approaches including - Cell and Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, CRISPRs, CRISPRs screen (using sgRNAs to target all the genes in the genome, epigenetic regulators and regulatory elements), ChIPs, ChIP-sequencing, RNA-seq, WGS, ATAC-seq, RRBS, ChIA-PET, 3C, 4C, Hi-C, proteomics, bioinformatics and computational biology.
For research details, please see: http://www.med.monash.edu.au/anatomy/research/epigenetics-and-gene-regulation.html
Requirements for Molecular Biology students: A strong research background in molecular biology, biochemistry, stem cells and epigenetics are essential. Candidates should be highly motivated and be able to work both independently and in a collaborative manner. They should have good communication, organizational, and writing skills.
Requirements for Computational Biology students:
The candidates should have computer science, mathematics, statistics, system biology and bioinformatics related backgrounds. They should have excellent communication and writing skills, able to work independently and in teams. Experience working with commonly used bioinformatics tools, as well as on different types of NGS data- ChIP seq, RNA-seq, ATAC-seq would be plus.
Notes: Australian and New Zealand domestic students can be recruited through BDI’s PhD program. International students encouraged applying for Monash-based scholarships support. PhD students will be fully funded during their study. For international students an English proficiency test is required. Our laboratory is committed to diversity and equality.
Last date: 30th April, 2017
Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree with first-class Honours, Master of Science, or MPhil.