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Postdoctoral Researcher: Biomanufacturing of Protein and Enzyme Reagents
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2016) at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
A postdoctoral research fellowship is available related to an exciting research project related to Plant Biotechnology/ Plant Molecular Biology. I require a postdoctoral fellow who has general experience in microbiology; functional genomics; plant pathology; bioinformatics and plant molecular biology (specifically having worked with plant viruses would be a bonus but not entirely necessary) for two years, with renewal after one year based on performance and progress. The position is open from 1st July 2016.
POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP on TB Transmission
Molecular Mycobacteriology Research Unit
Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine and Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Cape Town
South Africans/permanent South African residence holders with a PhD in any of the following fields: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, or Biotechnology are invited to apply for a postdoctoral position that has arisen in Prof. Shonhai’s laboratory based at the University of Venda, Limpopo.
The selected candidate will be required to conduct research on the role of heat shock proteins in the development and pathogenicity of malaria parasites. Prof. Shonhai is a recipient of a prestigious Georg Foster Fellowship awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt (Germany) and a National Research Foundation of South Africa C-rated scientist. His research is funded by the Germany Research Foundation (DFG), the National Research Foundation of South Africa and the University of Venda.
Prof. Shonhai’s lab boasts equipment such as gel imagers, 96 well plate readers with fluorescence and UV/VIS capabilities, thermo-controlled free standing centrifuges, SDS-PAGE, Western blot and agarose electrophoresis units, shaker incubators, etc. His lab team collaborates with colleagues based at several local institutions such as Witswatersrand University, University of Zululand, and Rhodes University. He also collaborates with groups based at Marburg University, Technical University of Munich and Karlsruhe, Germany.
Plant biomass-derived bioethanol is regarded as a leading alternative energy source in a fossil fuel dependent energy paradigm. Bioethanol functions as octane enhancer, and can be used to replace up to 15% of petrol. It also acts as a fuel oxygenate in petrol blends allowing more complete combustion and hence, decreased polluting emissions. The departments of Microbiology and Process Engineering at Stellenbosch University, through the South African Research Chair (SARChI) in Biofuels, are at the forefront of South African research to address the shortcomings of plant polysaccharide conversion to bioethanol. Strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae were engineered to simultaneously hydrolyse plant materials (cellulose and raw starch) and ferment the resulting monosaccharides through the development of enabling technologies such as advanced plant polysaccharides pretreatment and advanced Consolidated Bioprocessing (CBP). Simplification and cost-reduction of the hydrolysis-fermentation process can be further achieved by integrating superior enzymatic hydrolysis and fermentation with more robust yeast into a single unit operation. To achieve this, supportive bioinformatics research dedicated to solving current problems in bioethanol biotechnology, specifically improved industrial performance of yeast strains and improved catalytic efficiency of enzyme hydrolysis, remain key.
The Bacterial Genomics and Host Pathogen Interactions group is based at the University of Pretoria, Forestry, Agriculture and Biotechnology Institute. Our research focuses on the interaction on potato plant interactions with one of their major bacteria pathogens Soft Rot Enterobacteriaceae (SRE). To understand these interactions we use genomics, transcriptomics, and other ‘omics’ to identify bacterial virulence factors as well as elucidate host defence mechanisms being targeted by these virulence factors. The following projects are currently available in the research group.
Two postodctoral fellowships at University of Fort Hare. See details below:
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.
Application form can be found on the University website
New postdoctoral fellowship in Bioinformatics and Metagenomics available (2013-2015).
A postdoctoral position in the bioinformatic analysis of metagenomic data is available for a suitably qualified PhD graduate for up to 3 years, renewable based on performance and progress. The successful applicant will pursue research in IMBM, in a project aimed to mine metagenomic next generation sequence data from extreme environments for biotechnologically relevant genes which can be developed as products in the bioenergy, agricultural and human medicine sectors.