Chlamydial infections in birds and livestock PhD Scholarship

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Chlamydial infections in birds and livestock PhD Scholarship

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Applications will be accepted until 4pm on Sunday 16 June 2019.

Chlamydia are genetically diverse obligate intracellular bacterial pathogens of humans and animals. This project will perform expanded surveillance of chlamydial pathogens in a range of animal hosts, providing new insight into the diversity and host range of these bacteria

Chlamydia are obligate intracellular bacterial pathogens of humans and animals, including domesticated livestock, birds and wildlife. While it was initially thought that chlamydial diversity and host range was well defined, molecular methods have now revealed a much broader range of bacteria, hosts and associated diseases than previously imagined. Building on this knowledge, this project will perform expanded molecular surveillance of chlamydial pathogens in a range of animal hosts, providing new insight into the diversity and host range of these bacteria but also revealing important new information about their reservoirs and transmission to inform efforts to control disease in affected populations. This project will also evaluate use of newly developed rapid molecular assays for detection of these pathogens.

For more information, contact the Chief Investigator - Dr Martina Jelocnik, mjelocni@usc.edu.au 

Eligibility
  • Domestic or International applicants accepted
  • Approved for admission to USC's PhD program (if not a current USC PhD student, the application for admission and the application for this scholarship can be submitted simultaneously)
  • Bachelor's Degree with First Class Honours or Research Masters Degree in a science discipline (or equivalent qualification)
  • Not hold a PhD already
  • Not have previously held a Commonwealth-funded HDR scholarship unless it was terminated within six months of the current scholarship's payments commencing
  • Not be the recipient of an equivalent award, scholarship, or salary, providing a benefit greater than 75 percent of the Research Training Program rate to undertake a HDR. Income unrelated to the course of study is not to be taken into account.
  • Satisfactory progress must be maintained throughout the HDR program.
Selection criteria
  • Academic qualifications - Undergraduate degree and Research Training degree
  • Record of research publications
  • Professional research experience
Eligible programs
PhD
Number available
1
Value
  • Annual stipend: $27,596 (equivalent to RTP rate)
  • Annual operating funds: $20,000
  • Annual tuition fees (for International students): $28,000 
  • Overseas student health cover (for International students): Single cover
Application
To apply:
  • If not a current USC PhD student, complete an application for admission to the PhD program following the directions on the HDR Applicants page.
  • Apply for the scholarship-
  • Complete the HDR Scholarship Application & Response to Selection Criteria
  • Provide supporting documentation that demonstrates your research capabilities and experience
  • Submit to the Graduate Research Studies Management Office via information@usc.edu.au 
  • Additional information about the HDR Scholarship application and assessment process can be found on the Applying for a HDR Scholarship page.
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