[Coral-List] Expression of Interest – Masters research on subtropical coral endosymbionts

Steve Dalton sdalton at nmsc.edu.au
Thu Feb 2 23:05:12 EST 2012

Dear Coral List subscribers,

could you please circulate this EOI to any outstanding students that
you feel have a strong interest and background in the Masters research
program outlined below?



Southern Cross University (SCU) in collaboration with the Australian
Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) announces the opportunity for an
outstanding and enthusiastic student to undertake genetic research on
algal endosymbionts (Symbiodinium) of subtropical reef corals. Funding
has been secured to support a successful applicant to complete a
Masters research program, commencing about April 2012, to investigate
the Symbiodinium communities in subtropical scleractinian corals
throughout the 2010 and 2011 coral bleaching events.

The successful applicant will work as part of a multi-disciplinary
team, and have experience in genetic techniques including DNA
extraction from tissue, PCR, gel electrophoresis, and DNA sequencing,
with a strong background in quantitative analysis.

The Masters candidate will be located at the National Marine Science
Centre (NMSC) Coffs Harbour NSW. The position will involve travel to
the AIMS located near Townsville, QLD, to undertake genetic analyses.
Coral samples collected from Lord Howe Island during and subsequent to
the 2010 and 2011 bleaching events will be analysed at AIMS over a
period of 6 months. An opportunity for field sample collection may
also be available during candidature. For further enquires please
email Dr Steven Dalton (sdalton at nmsc.ecdu.au).

Supervisory team
Professor Peter Harrison (SCU- Principal supervisor)
Dr Steven Dalton (SCU – Co-supervisor)
Dr Madeleine Van Oppen (AIMS – Co-supervisor)

Project collaborators
Dr Andrew Carroll (SCU Adjunct, Geoscience Australia)
Dr Anya Salih (University of Western Sydney [UWS])
Dr Sandra Diamond Tissue (UWS)
Ian Kerr (LHI Marine Parks Authority)

To indicate your interest, please forward a one-page expression of
interest and a brief CV to:

Dr Steven Dalton
Southern Cross University, National Marine Science Centre
sdalton at nmsc.edu.au

Steven Dalton PhD
Research Officer
Southern Cross University
National Marine Science Centre
Bay Drive, PO Box J321
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
Mobile 0432 946 782

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