Investigating the genetic impacts of Tasmanian devil translocations


This PhD project aims to investigate the genetic impacts of Tasmanian devil translocations, and forms part of an ARC Linkage project “Will genetic rescue save the devil?”, that aims to measure the impacts of the Wild Devil Recovery project. 
In addition to Prof Kathy Belov, the supervisory team also consist of Dr Yuanyuan Cheng, The University of Queensland.


Professor Katherine (Kathy) Belov

Research Location

School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Program Type



You will use established genomic datasets and protocols to assess the impacts of translocations on both genome-wide and functional diversity, including reduced representation sequencing and target gene capture. 
In addition, you will use health measures and other field data to ascertain the fitness benefit of translocations to determine whether supplementation of small populations with individuals that are genetically diverse reduces inbreeding depression.

Additional Information

The successful applicant must have a degree in genetics or bioinformatics. 

Applicants will need to apply and be considered for an Australian Research Training Program (RTP).  

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. Examples of inherent requirements 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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Tasmanian devil, Translocation, Genetics

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2728

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