Researcher in Single Cell Genomics
Department of Biomedical Sciences – Unit of Molecular Parasitology
Deadline: 20th November 2014
Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) - Antwerp
The Unit of Molecular Parasitology (led by Prof. Dr. Jean-Claude Dujardin) is exploring the genome diversity of several Leishmania species1,2,3 in both clinical and experimental contexts. In collaboration with the Sanger Institute and the KU Leuven, we aim to (i) develop and validate protocols for enrichment and sequencing of whole Leishmania genome and transcriptome from pooled and single cells, isolated directly from clinical samples and (ii) apply these methods to characterise the inter- and intra-host parasite diversity, with a special emphasis on genome dynamics of gene dosage.
For more information about this position, please contact Prof. Dr. Jean-Claude Dujardin, Head of the Unit of Molecular Parasitology (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applications with application form and motivation letter should be sent by e-mail to email@example.com, by 20 November 2014. Please use the application form available as a download on www.itg.be/vacatures.
PhD studentship Aberystwyth University: Increasing the selectivity and potency of a novel anti-helmintic chemical entity
Deadline: Friday 28th November 2014
We propose a PhD project that progresses novel anthelmintics down the early-stage drug discovery pipeline. Our previous collaborative work with a Welsh-based company (Phytoquest Ltd.) has identified a preliminary ‘hit series’ of structurally defined, natural product analogues with diverse activity against human parasitic worms. Using these pre-existing data, we now will develop a cross-Wales interdisciplinary program that applies medicinal chemistry, computational biology and automated high content/high-throughput whole organism screens to schistosome blood flukes (causative agent of human and animal schistosomiasis).
To achieve this objective - identifying a selectively potent, anti-schistosomal compound with activity against both larvae and adult schistosome forms within three years - we will utilize an innovative screening approach in our drug discovery project. This approach is underpinned by our interdisciplinary expertise in medicinal chemistry, novel chemical entity synthesis, high-throughput in vitro whole organism assays, helminth biology and computational biology. As there are very few academic groups possessing the same collection of skills, our collaborative team is competitively positioned to competently train a PhD student proficient in these arts.
Professor Karl Hoffmann – Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr Andrew Westwell – School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cardiff University (westwellA@cf.ac.uk)
Please contact Prof Hoffmann for further enquiries.
Editor, Trends in Parasitology
Cell Press seeks to appoint an Editor for Trends in Parasitology to be based in its Cambridge, MA, United States office.
As the Editor of a leading international parasitology reviews journal, you will be responsible for the strategic development, content management, and editorial direction of the journal. You will be acquiring, managing and developing the very best editorial content, making use of a network of contacts in academia and information gathered at international conferences to ensure that Trends in Parasitology maintains its market-leading position.
This is an ideal opportunity to stay close to the cutting edge of scientific developments in the field while developing a new career away from the bench. You will collaborate with your Cell Press colleagues to maximize quality and efficiency of content commissioning and participate in exciting new non-journal-based initiatives. You will work in the context of a highly dynamic and collaborative publishing group, which includes the 14 Trends review journal titles and 13 Cell Press primary research titles.
The successful candidate will have a PhD and preferably postdoctoral training with expertise in any of the diverse parasitology disciplines that the journal publishes, from molecular parasitology to parasite ecology and epidemiology. Good interpersonal skills are essential because the role involves networking in the wider scientific community as well as collaborations with other parts of the business. For this position, previous publishing experience is not necessary - we will make sure you get the training and development you need.
Please submit a CV and cover letter describing your qualifications, research interests, and reasons for pursuing a career in publishing. No phone inquiries, please.
We are looking to fill the position at the earliest possible and applications will be considered on an ongoing basis through July 16th. Click here to apply: https://reedelsevier.taleo.net/careersection/51/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=SCI001NC
Tsaobis Baboon Project – Volunteer Field Assistants
The Tsaobis Baboon Project is a long-term study of desert baboons in Namibia. Based at the Institute of Zoology (the research arm of the Zoological Society of London), and affiliated with the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre (Namibia), our aim is to carry out fundamental research in behavioural ecology and population ecology, and to inform conservation policy and practice for social species.
We are seeking to appoint six volunteer fieldworkers for the 2014-2015 field season, between late October 2014 and early August 2015. A range of 3-month and 6-month volunteer positions are available over this period. The fieldwork will primarily involve daily follows of baboon troops on foot, collecting data on the behaviour of individually recognisable animals, together with monthly insect/vegetation surveys and wider ecological monitoring related to the baboons' environment. The main research focus will be on climate, behaviour, and baboon host-parasite dynamics.
Further information about the Tsaobis Baboon Project, the volunteer fieldworker positions, and the application procedure can be found on the Project’s webpages:
The deadline for applications is 9am Monday 16th June 2014
Interviews will be held at the Institute of Zoology between Monday 30th June and Wednesday 2nd July 2014. Telephone/Skype interviews will be possible for overseas applicants.