PhD Studentship in Mycoplasma Research at International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Africa

CBPP (Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia), caused by Mycoplasma mycoides subsp. mycoides and present in more than 25 countries of sub-Saharan Africa is an economically important livestock disease in Africa. This PhD project aims to apply synthetic biology tools to identify and characterise Mycoplasma mycoides molecules and evaluate their function in virulence as well as for their suitability for vaccine development. The project will be carried in close collaboration with scientists at the J Craig Venter institute in Rockville, USA and INRA in Bordeaux, France.

Veterinary degree or a MSc in biosciences obtained no more than 3 years ago Experience in academic research groups Experience in surgery is an advantage Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to perform in multidisciplinary and multicultural research environment.

Scholarship Deadline: By 31st December 2011

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