Research Fellow in Computational Biologist
Monash University

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a global non-profit initiative that calls Monash University home. The Institute of Vector-Borne Disease (IVBD) is collaborating with the World Mosquito Program (WMP) to protect countries around the world from mosquito-borne viruses that threaten the health of people living in tropical and subtropical regions. The WMP uses safe and natural bacteria called Wolbachia to reduce the ability of mosquitoes to transmit diseases including dengue, Zika and chikungunya. Following many years of laboratory research and field trials, the WMP now operates in 12 countries and is expanding. The IVBD seeks to build upon this with a genetic research and surveillance program that can quantify the impact of Wolbachia rollout on vector, human and pathogen populations, and can provide insights into the natural epidemiology of vector-borne diseases.

The Opportunity

We are looking for a talented Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join a new group at the Institute of Vector Borne Disease at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. In the Vector and Pathogen Genomics group we apply omics tools to vectors, viruses and parasites in order to better understand disease transmission and develop tools for disease surveillance and control. Specific interests of the group include population structure and speciation in mosquito vectors, pathogen diversity and relatedness, pathogen-vector interactions and genomic epidemiology.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to investigate genomic rearrangement and mobile element insertion in Aedes aegypti and its effect on gene flow in wild populations; a subject of prime interest to the success of population replacement interventions and the specific work of the WMP. The precise path for this study will depend on the skills and interests of the candidate, but are likely to include genomic investigations of current mosquito colonies and colony crosses, novel sequencing of wild populations, and the development of statistical and computational analyses of mosquito genomes. 

The role would suit either a computational biologist looking to work in an important field of infectious disease research, or an experienced entomologist who would like to pursue a postdoc in a computational field. Researchers with previous experience in statistical / population genetics or genomic evolution in insect species are encouraged to apply. This position is fully funded for two years with the possibility of extension and offers opportunity for development of an independent research program through development of new projects and acquisition of independent funding.

As the role is in a rapidly developing institute and platform, the role would suit somebody independent and resourceful who is adept at quickly build effective working relationships with a range of local and international project partners, multi-disciplinary colleagues and key stakeholders.

This role is a full-time position; however, flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

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