[Coral-List] Interkingdom Communication in the Coral Holobiont - Postdoc Positions

Linda Blackall l.blackall at aims.gov.au
Tue Aug 18 19:03:46 EDT 2009

Dear Coral Listers,

3 Postdoctoral Positions

The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) is an internationally
renowned, world leader in the science underpinning sustainable development,
conservation and management of tropical marine environments. Our main
research facility is located at Cape Ferguson, 50 km from Townsville, with
facilities also in Perth WA and Darwin NT.

AIMS Townsville currently has exciting opportunities for early career
postdoctoral scientists to play a leading role in a three year
multidisciplinary programme entitled ŒDoes Inter-kingdom Signalling
(Communication) Orchestrate the Tropical Marine Biosphere¹. Using corals as
the model marine species and exploring chemical communication between the
coral, zooxanthellae and bacteria, this project will examine if microbes can
be considered critical in symbiosis.

Coral Ecologist
The successful candidate will have leadership skills in the study of marine
biota, wide experience with field based studies (including certifications
for diving, boat handling, etc.) of tropical corals and their spawning,
extensive practice in marine species (specifically corals) in aquarium
systems, and a detailed and proven track record with the study of corals
using modern molecular and bioinformatic methods. Knowledge and study of
inter-kingdom communication in marine animals is highly advantageous.
Molecular Microbiologist
The successful candidate will have leadership skills in the study of complex
microbial communities, broad skills in classical (e.g. bacterial isolation
and molecular identification) and contemporary (several molecular ecological
methods like DGGE, real time PCR, DNA sequencing and analysis, etc.)
microbiological methods for determining structure and function of microbial
ecosystems. Knowledge and study of quorum-sensing and/or other communication
mechanisms in microbial communities, microbial bioinformatic skills, and
chemical analysis (e.g. of communication chemicals etc.) are highly
Genetic Bioinformaticist
The successful candidate will be a leader in gene bioinformatics of data
generated from eukaryotes, prokaryotes and/or viruses. A clear demonstration
of the use of genomic/metagenomic data to lead and focus studies into the
functional aspects (e.g. microarray etc.) of biological systems is crucial.
Knowledge of data analysis of genes involved in chemical communication is
important as is willingness to participate in laboratory, aquarium and field
studies exploring the research question.
Candidates must possess a minimum of 1-2 year postdoctoral experience and a
very good publication record commensurate with career stage is critical.
Positions are full-time (nine days per fortnight) for a fixed term of 3
years at a base salary range of $68,788-$75,672 (determined by
qualifications and experience), plus up to 15.4% superannuation.
Enquiries: Prof Linda Blackall, Team Leader +61 7 4753 4102 or
l.blackall at aims.gov.au
Applications must be received by close of business Friday 4th September,
To Apply: Obtain the full application kit from our website at
www.aims.gov.au/employment <http://www.aims.gov.au/employment> . Applicants
must address each selection criteria individually as available from our
website, giving specific examples of experience and include the names of two
AIMS is an EEO Employer and promotes a smoke free work environment



Prof Linda Louise Blackall,
Team Leader - Understanding Marine Microbes and Symbioses,
Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS),
Cape Cleveland

PMB No. 3,
Townsville M.C.

T +61 7 47534102
F +61 7 47534528
M +61 (0)407038239

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