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Phd Student - Aspergillus Eradication

Telethon Kids Institute - Perth, WA

Education, Childcare & Training
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The Opportunity
The Wal-yan Respiratory Research Centre is an interdisciplinary collaboration between Telethon Kids, Perth Children’s Hospital and WA Universities with the mission to prevent and cure respiratory illness in children. Within Wal-Yan sits Synergy CF, a diverse international multi-disciplinary collaborative research team whose focus is on the early trajectory of cystic fibrosis (CF) lung disease.

Drawing on the expertise of leading clinicians, laboratory scientists, computational biologists and data analysts, the Synergy team is dedicated to giving children living with CF the best start to life by solving the host-inflammation-infection conundrum.
We currently have funding to investigate the relationship between Aspergillus and lung disease in children with CF and whether Aspergillus should be eradicated after detection as overall CF recommendations on anti-fungal strategy are unclear.

The Role
As part of the Synergy CF team and the Wal-yan Respiratory Research Centre at Telethon Kids, this PhD position focuses on the characterisation of early CF clinical isolates of Aspergillus and the investigation of therapeutics to augment Aspergillus killing by airway leukocytes. The aim of this project is to identify the major pathways and mechanisms that explain why Aspergillus is associated with lung disease in children with CF and will inform clinical practice on Aspergillus eradication.

Please submit a covering letter addressing the following selection criteria:

  • Demonstrated experience in aseptic cell culture and specimen handling.
  • Familiarity with flow cytometry.
  • Ability to perform basic gene and protein assays (i.e., qPCR and Western blots).
  • Knowledge of microbial culture and fungal biology desirable.
  • Understanding of basic statistical tests and data handling.
  • Willingness to participate in patient recruitment.
  • Self-management and high personal motivation.
  • High level of organisational skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

A full scholarship supporting the PhD position is available for the duration of the degree (3 years), subject to fulfilling University enrolment requirements.

The successful candidate will be asked to provide a Working With Children check and satisfactory Police Check prior to commencement.

How To Apply

Please click on 'Apply Now' to navigate to our Career Site to view the Job Description and submit your application.

An updated resume and your cover letter (no more than 2 pages) should specifically address your skills and experience outlined in the “About You” section above.

Applications will only be accepted through our career portal. If you are experiencing technical difficulties with our online portal, please direct your query to recruitment@telethonkids.org.au.

Click Here For The Job Description

Contact Name: Luke Garratt

Contact Email: luke.garratt@telethonkids.org.au

Closing Date: 31/07/2021 Telethon Kids reserve the right to hire prior to the closing date

The Telethon Kids Institute is one of the nation's leading medical research organisations. We are home to a diverse team of more than 750 staff and postgraduate students dedicated to improving child health and development.

Telethon Kids is an independent medical research institute, based within the Perth Children's Hospital at the QEII Medical Centre campus in Nedlands, Western Australia. The Institute’s purpose-built facility includes state-of-the-art laboratories, collaborative work spaces, clinical suites and meeting spaces with access to leading-edge technology and research services.

Our research teams are among the world's best and we have strong affiliations with the children's hospital and all the major Western Australian universities.

The Telethon Kids Institute is committed to being champions of gender equity, diversity and inclusivity. We actively encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to apply for positions with the Institute to support our aim of improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal children and families and to continue to build a culturally competent, respectful and safe place to work.

*The successful candidate will be asked to provide a satisfactory National Police Check (obtained within the last 3 months) prior to commencement*