Title UTS Scholarship Opportunity
Location University of Technology, Sydney
Job Information

UTS Scholarship Opportunity; School of Life Sciences

UTS is Australia’s Top Young University and ranked within the Top 200 universities worldwide. Its vibrant campus is located in the centre of Sydney, with easy access to all amenities and transport. A postgraduate research degree equips you with specialist knowledge in your chosen field in preparation for entrepreneurial career pathways, senior roles in industry, or for a future career in research. It’s an opportunity to expand your intellectual interests, build your skills and hone your expertise. And it’s not just for a certain type of person—in fact, a research degree has
something to offer anyone who’s passionate, intellectually curious and up for a challenge. As well as building in-depth disciplinary expertise, a UTS research degree will equip you with skills and knowledge that are highly valued in industry, government and academia.

Project description:
This project will identify and characterise the biological function of small RNAs known as microRNAs expressed by the liver fluke parasite F. hepatica. The findings will create a new mechanistic framework for the regulation of host immune responses by parasite-secreted miRNAs and reveal the molecular biological pathways that are unique to parasitism and parasitic disease.

Specifically, the candidate’s role in the project will be to characterise the miRNA profile of the parasite throughout its life cycle. This information will then facilitate an examination of the interaction of parasite miRNAs with host cells in vivo and in vitro, and inform the exploration of the functional mechanisms employed by the parasite to manipulate host immune responses.

Demonstrated laboratory experience in tissue culture, aseptic techniques and molecular techniques, including working knowledge of RNA extraction, PCR/qPCR, RNA sequencing would be desirable. Applicants with some knowledge in bioinformatic approaches for the analysis of gene expression would be ranked highly.

The project will be supervised by Associate Professor Sheila Donnelly and Associate Professor Nham Tran.

About the Scholarship:
The scholarship is for $28,597 per year (RTP Stipend rate, indexed annually) for salary costs of the PhD candidate and the successful applicant.
Applicants must be either permanent Australian residents or New Zealand citizens. To be eligible for this application, you must hold the following or equivalent degree in biomedical science, biotechnology, life science, science:
• Honours degree with First Class, or Second Class Division 1, or
• MSc Research or MSc Coursework with a research thesis.

How To Apply

Applicants must meet the eligibility and has the desire to pursue research in the proposed area.
Students should meet the UTS admission requirements to the UTS PhD program. Applicants should send their CV, list of publications, and a personal statement (750 words maximum) outlining your suitability for undertaking a PhD, what you hope to achieve from your research, and your research experience to date (with reference to the desirable expertise described above) to Associate Professor Sheila Donnelly (Sheila.Donnelly@uts.edu.au) by the closing date.

Shortlisted candidates will be advised with further details.
Associate Professor Sheila Donnelly
University of Technology Sydney
Closing Date: 30th Sept 2021