Post-doctoral Fellow

Hong Kong University
August 31, 2023
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Post-doctoral Fellow

The University of Hong Kong

Apply now Ref.: 520498 Work type: Full-time Department: School of Biological Sciences (26000) Categories: Senior Research Staff & Post-doctoral Fellow Hong Kong

Post-doctoral Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences (Ref.: 520498), to commence as soon as possible. The appointment is for one year with the expectation of renewal subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability.

The Marine Futures Laboratory at The Swire Institute of Marine Science (SWIMS), University of Hong Kong (HKU), is seeking applications for a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow interested in studying the fundamental and applied aspects of marine microbiology, organism microbiomes, and how the host-microbiome holobiont alters organism responses to global change. In this project, we aim to identify next-generation probiotic marine bacteria and evaluate their effects on marine mussels, a bivalve which plays both ecologically important roles and is cultured in aquaculture. We are initially targeting the marine bacterial genus Ruegeria and its relationship with mussels. The role of the appointee will be to run manipulative experiments to demonstrate whether Ruegeria can provide benefits to mussels under different environmental conditions, as well as identify the effect on the broader microbiome.

The project is a collaboration between Dr Bayden Russell at HKU (https: // www., Dr Haiwei Luo at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) (https:// www. and Dr Laura Falkenberg (https: // www. who is establishing a new lab at the University of South Australia (Adelaide, Australia). The position will require fieldwork across Hong Kong, be primarily based at SWIMS (https: // www. and the main campus at HKU, with some work done at the Simon F.S. Li Marine Science Laboratory of CUHK (www. Therefore, travel between research facilities as well as field work within Hong Kong will be necessary. There may also be the opportunity to undertake collaborative work at UniSA with Laura Falkenberg.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Biology or related fields, or have submitted their Ph.D. with the expectation that it will be conferred before commencement in the role. Proficiency in English, along with strong and collaborative communication skills is a must. The applicant should have high motivation and strong interest in experimental marine biology; a background in host-microbe associations, population genetics, functional genomics, quantitative genetics, molecular ecology, bioinformatics, evolutionary biology, or related disciplines is essential. Applicants with experience using molecular techniques including qPCR, RNAseq, Oxford Nanopore, and bioinformatic tools and pipelines for analyzing OMIC data, are highly encouraged to apply. A track record of publishing in top international journals is highly desirable.

A highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medical benefits.

The University only accepts online application for the above posts. Applicants should apply online and upload an up-to-date C.V., a motivation letter describing research interests, skills, and career goals, and contact details for 2-3 references. Review of applications will start from June 01, 2023 and continue until August 31, 2023 , or until the post is filled , whichever is earlier.

For further information, please contact Dr Bayden Russell ([email protected])

The University is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to equality, ethics, inclusivity, diversity and transparency

Advertised: May 12, 2023 (HK Time) Applications close: Aug 31, 2023 (HK Time)

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