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The successful candidate will join the Microbiology Subject Group of the Environmental Science and Management Research Unit at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University to contribute towards applications of Next-Generation Sequencing (microbial metagenomics, annotation of small genomes, transcriptome assemblies) in Microbiology or related biological field.
LECTURER/SENIOR LECTURER/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR/PROFESSOR IN THE DEPARTMENT OF MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOCHEMISTRY
CONTRACT UNTIL: 31/12/2018
Two MSc and 1 PhD projects are available for 2015, which will focus on Drug Discovery from Marine and Plant Natural Products in the Discipline Microbiology, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
DEPARTMENT OF BIOCHEMISTRY, MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND AGRICULTURE, UNIVERSITY OF LIMPOPO
Applications are invited for the position of Associate Professor/ Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry.
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UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG
FACULTY OF SCIENCE
PROFESSOR/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR (MICROBIOLOGY/MOLECULAR BIOLOGY)
SCHOOL OF MOLECULAR & CELL BIOLOGY
The School of Molecular and Cell Biology seeks an established academic to make a dynamic contribution to the discipline of Microbiology & Biotechnology and will be expected to take on both academic and administrative tasks within the School. S/he will also undertake independent focused research within areas such as microbiology, molecular biology, biotechnology or bioinformatics.
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. The Cape Town event is called TEDxCapeTown. Here are some recent talks by SASM members at TEDxCapeTown.
We would like to extend an open invitation to all SASM members to make contributions to our blog. Let's embark on a crowd-sourcing exercise for new content, if you like! All that is required for blog articles is a one pager (1 X A4) with sound scientific writing and some eye-catching photographs or graphics. The content could be “almost anything” microbiology-related, for example:
Interested applicants should send a letter of motivation, CV, certified copy of highest degree, and the contact details of three references to:
Prof Marla Trindade (Tuffin), Acting Director of IMBM, UWC.
Application closing date: 25 September 2014.
Position available as of 1 November 2014.
Remember the Bela-Bela Forever Resorts Warmbaths and SASM2013 conference?
Here are the links to the presentations and images:
PowerPoint presentations (only viewable in Google Chrome browser)
The Craig Venter Institute built a synthetic bacterial genome, and George Church, Farren Isaacs and colleagues have engineered the E. coli genome using an innovative platform called MAGE and genome synthesis methods. Now the focus is on the first eukaryote, the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. This organism has 16 linear chromosomes and a relatively compact (~14Mb total; ~12 Mb nonredundant) and well-understood genome. The synthetic yeast genome can be used to answer a wide variety of profound questions about fundamental properties of chromosomes, genome organization, gene content, function of RNA splicing, the extent to which small RNAs play a role in yeast biology, the distinction between prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and questions relating to genome structure and evolution. The availability of a fully synthetic genome will allow direct testing of evolutionary questions not otherwise approachable. The eventual “synthetic yeast” being designed and refined could eventually play an important practical role. Yeasts, and S. cerevisiae in particular, are preeminent organisms for industrial fermentations, with a wide variety of practical uses including ethanol production from agricultural products and by-products.