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Exploring the Virosphere


The total universe of viruses - the virosphere - is vast but very poorly characterised, with more than 99.99% of viruses still to be discovered.  The goal of this project will be to use new metatranscriptomic techniques to describe some of this hidden virosphere, exploring what viruses lurk in a diverse range of bacteria, protozoa, and eukaryotes.

The student will be based at the Charles Perkins Centre for the duration of this project.


Professor Edward Holmes.

Research location

School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Program type



To acheive this samples will be taken from diverse bacteria, protozoa, and eukaryote taxa and subjected to large-scale RNA-sequencing.  These sequence data will be subjected to extensive computational analysis.

Additional information

The student will be based at the Charles Perkins Centre for the duration of this project.

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.

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Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 2445

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