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Study Opportunities at ACAD

ACAD has several postgraduate projects by reseach for students who meet the following criteria:

  • Have a 1st Class Honours or MSc degree and high undergraduate academic record in any of the following areas: evolution, genetics, molecular biology, bioinformatics chemistry/biochemistry, paleontology, archaeology, or anthropology)
  • Are highly motivated and enjoy independent and unusual research
  • An interest in evolution and natural history
  • Meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements
  • Must be an Australian/NZ citizen or permanet Australian resident or in the case of International Students, must apply for an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship. This award covers stipends (a living allowance) and in some cases tuition fee waivers.

Closing date for applications is 31st August for International Students and 31st October for domestic students. Refer to relevant tabs above for further information about application requirements.
If you meet the above criteria and are interested in study at ACAD, please submit your expression of interest in writing and include your CV by email here.

International students are required to apply for an International Scholarship to be able to study in Australia. These scholarships are available to outstanding international students from any country, are highly competative and based on an excellent academic record, publications and any work experience. Prior to contacting our office, please read this website for information on how to apply. Both the Australian Department of Immigration and the University of Adelaide expect international applicants to meet English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements. The ELP is based on high scores in IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). For further information please refer to the international entry requirements website here.

Closing date for International Scholarships is 31st of August of each year (with mid-year rounds closing 31st January and 30th of April). The other alternative for international students to be able to study in Australia is to obtain sponsorship from their respective country.

Domestic Students (Australian/NZ citizens) are encouraged to apply for a Research Training Program Scholarship (RTPS) (closing date is October 31st each year with a mid-year round closing 31st May each year), where applicable. Refer to this website for the application process >> The Australian Centre for Ancient DNA is able to provide alternative stipends in some cases should your RTPS application be unsuccessful. These are referred to as Divisional Scholarships. Eligibility usually requires a minimum of a Second Class Honours degree or equivalent and applicants must be Citizens or Permanent Residents of Australia prior to the closing date. Scholarships are offered on the basis of academic merit and Faculties may also consider area of research when selecting recipients. These scholarships share similar conditions to the RTPS. Scholarships provide a living allowance of approximately AUD$26,682(2017) tax free per annum for up to 3 years and indexed annually. Major Round Application Form | Conditions of Research Awards.

Due to a number of successful grant awards, ACAD is looking to expand it's dynamic team. We are currently looking at filling 2 postdoctoral research positions in the areas of phylogenetics/bioinformatics/ancient DNA. These are initially for 12 months with potential for renewal.

We are looking for highly independent and motivated researchers with strong phylogenetics, statistical genetics and bioinformatics skills.  We are conducting a range of projects investigating molecular evolution, and phylogeographics of a number of organisms including dental microbiome, large mammals, and humans.
The successful applicants will head a program to develop and integrate analytical methods and pipelines for the analysis of large ancient genomic datasets, and co-supervise a group of postgraduate students in collaboration with local, and overseas colleagues and the University’s School of Mathematical Sciences.

To be successful you should have:

  • A PhD or MSc involving bioinformatics, biostatistics, population genetics, biomedical or ancient DNA research, or other relevant disciplines.
  • Expertise in UNIX based systems, including scripting in bash and at least one pre-compiled language (preferentially Python), data analytics language (R and/or Matlab) (as well as proficiency in working on Linux clusters and databases.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with Next Generation Sequencing and genomics datasets, including filtering/processing large datasets, multivariate statistical analysis, developing analytical methods and pipelines, and performing population genetics analyses.
  • Demonstrated ability to publish in scientific journals, and present research at international conferences.
    Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to liaise, collaborate and interact with a wide range of national and international scientific researchers.

Salary: Level A AUD $83,000 - $89,000((before tax))per annum + superannuantion

Expression of interest including a CV and 3 references should be directed to Professor Alan Cooper and Dr Yassine Souilmi

We have 2 new, for 2017, PhD positions currently available. The call is open to international and domestic students with a background in bioinformatics, programming or population/quantitative/statistical genetics. In addition, a passion for history and archaeology is desirable along with demonstrable analytical skills. The projects are high profile (refer to ACAD’s publications) and will suit hard-working and self-motivated candidates equipped with good skills in critical and independent thinking. Training will focus on the analysis of Next-Generation Sequencing data with a special emphasis on the utilisation and expansion of population genetics, quantitative genetics, and phylogeny methods for paleogenomic data. Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to assist in the development and application of cutting-edge reference genome approaches for humans and other organisms. Training opportunities to advance wet-laboratory techniques can be offered in parallel.  Strong computational skills are required and a successful candidate would be competent in:

  • Data analysis and management skills
  • Fluency in using Linux systems, with a good hands-on experience with Bash scripting
  • Advanced programming in a scripting language such as Python and/or R
  • Querying a SQL databases
  • Refer to the first tab for eligibility criteria

ACAD collaborates with a team of high-profile international researchers from Europe and the USA, and successful applicants will be co-supervised by Prof. Alan Cooper, Dr. Yassine Souilmi, Dr. Raymond Tobler and Dr. Stephen Richards at ACAD, School of Biological Sciences.

Interested applicants are encouraged to send a resume, a cover letter and a list with full contact details of three referees to Dr Yassine Souilmi

For 3rd year undergraduate students considering Honours, vacation scholarships are available at ACAD. Please contact us expressing your area of interest and CV here.

These vacation scholarships are available in December each year for 4-6 weeks or January if you are a mid-year Honours intake.

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