Doherty Applied Microbial Genomics and the Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory (MDU PHL), the University of Melbourne at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity has recently commenced a large NHMRC funded Partnership Project with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, to investigate the role of microbial genomics in the surveillance and control of communicable diseases across four themes (antimicrobial resistance, sexually-transmitted infections, foodborne diseases, environmental pathogens). The program is underpinned by excellence in public health microbiology, and a large, well-established and internationally recognised bioinformatics team, together with a strong and productive relationship with the Health Protection Branch of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.
Opportunities exist for highly motivated students with excellent track records interested in undertaking a PhD in this area to contribute to this collaborative study and the resulting implementation of this technology as an important tool in public health.
These positions would be suitable for prospective students with experience in microbiology/molecular biology, epidemiology, bioinformatics/computer science and public health more broadly. Opportunities exist to examine the role of genomics across all themes outlined above.
If you would like to discuss opportunities further, please contact Professor Benjamin Howden, Director of the MDU PHL.