Research Fellow (Population Geneticist) to join a parasitology research laboratory located in the Parkville Precinct a Biomedical Research Hub in Victoria, Australia. The position involves a large-scale cross-institutional population genomic/genetic research program that utilises advanced genomic sequencing and bioinformatic technologies to explore the evolution and population biology of parasitic worms of major human health importance, including Schistosoma. The Research Fellow will have a track record in bioinformatics, genomics and/or population genetics to assess genetic variation within and among populations of flatworms on a genome-wide scale, and characterise drug and vaccine targets and essential molecules involved in host-pathogen interactions. As there are no effective vaccines for flatworm parasites, current control relies largely on a handful of drugs, making drug resistance a constant threat. Therefore, this project provides a unique avenue toward developing radically new approaches for the control of flatworms, built on a deep knowledge and understanding of flatworm molecular biology and evolution.
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