This project focuses on the diversity of adaptive genes in the platypus.
This project will focus on the diversity and selection of adaptive genes important for energy balance, metabolism, reproduction and immune response using genomes from platypuses from across Australia. There is also scope to apply this knowledge to a project on platypus conservation that assesses the impact of dams on gene flow and expression levels between platypus populations. This project will involve bioinformatic analyses of genome and RNA sequence data.
Some components of this project will be undertaken in collaboration with the University of Oxford (Prof Peter Donnelly) while others are part of a collaborative ARC-Linkage grant (A stitch in time: evidence-based strategy to keep platypus from extinction) with the University of New South Wales (Prof Richard Kingsford, Dr Tom Grant and Prof William Sherwin).
HDR Inherent Requirements
In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Example of inherent requirement may include:
- Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree;
- Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);
- Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision;
- Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting);
- Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;
- Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);
- Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights;
- Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
- Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;
- Hold a current scuba diving license;
- Hold a current Working with Children Check;
- Meet initial and ongoing immunisation requirements (e.g. Q-Fever, Vaccinia virus, Hepatitis, etc.)
You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.
The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 2297