PhD Scholarship in Development of a Vaccine to Protect Chickens from Campylobacter Infections

The project will assess new technological approaches to glycosylating and delivering antigens to increase immune responses to vaccination targeting C. jejuni and C. hepaticus.

The successful candidate will have an outstanding undergraduate record, including first-class Honours in a relevant subject area. You will join a team working on this project and other microbiology-based projects.

This PhD scholarship involves working on an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded Linkage project. The team includes several senior academics, a post-doctoral scientist, and collaborators from a commercial partner and an overseas academic institute.

Within this project the candidate will learn skills in molecular microbiology, immunology, vaccine design, and testing in animals.

Two species of Campylobacter have been targeted for vaccine development.

(1) The newly discovered pathogen, Campylobacter hepaticus, causes Spotty Liver Disease (SLD), a serious ailment in chickens. As a newly discovered pathogen on which little research has yet been done, fundamental research needs to be carried out to unravel mechanisms of pathogenesis which could in turn inform vaccine development.

(2) Campylobacter jejuni doesn't cause any serious health issues in chickens but humans acquire the organism when chicken products are not properly cooked. Vaccination of chickens against C. jejuni will reduce food poisoning in humans.

$31,260/year for 3 years, with possible extension to 3.5 years.

Candidates will be based at RMIT’s Bundoora campus.

Australian citizens or residents.

Applicants will need to have completed an Honours degree with a first-class grade or equivalent.

Full application instructions can be viewed on the School of Graduate Research How to Apply website.

Applications are open now.

31 October 2020.

This scholarship will be governed by RMIT University's Research Scholarship Terms and Conditions.

Professor Rob Moore

Email: rob.moore@rmit.edu.au

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