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Postdoc Fellowship available - HIV & HTLV Bioinformatics & Phylogenetics III

WTAC, UKZN, FioCruz, CNPQ - 2014-07-26

We invite applications from ambitious post doctoral scientists, to undertake research in a collaborative programme of the the Wellcome Trust Africa Centre and the FioCruz Foundation in South Africa and Brazil.This fellowship aims to apply and develop bioinformatics software applications to analyze large datasets of HIV-1 and HTLV-1 complete genomes

Promoters: Prof. Dr. Luiz Carlos Alcantara & Prof. Dr. Tulio de Oliveira

The research aims to investigate the use of next generation genomic data, phylogenetics and bioinformatics techniques in order to characterize HIV-1 & HTLV-1 origin in Africa and South America as well the effect of co-infection on viruses evolution. The candidate expertise should include computer programming in Java, C++, PERL, Python or other computer language. The successful applicant will have access to some of the best genomic HIV-1 and HTLV-1 datasets produced in the world using next generation sequencing techniques and access to world class genomics and bioinformatics facility.

Successful applicants should either have a computer science degree or be a biologist able to write computer software applications. Previous experience on phylogenetics is an advantage. The successful candidate will be supported to become a successful scientist and to develop open source bioinformatics software applications

Fellow will be appointed at FioCruz in Salvador, Brazil and spend half of the time at Wellcome Trust Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies in Durban, South Africa.

Post-Doc fellows will be awarded a post-doctoral fellowship (PDJ from CNPQ), which includes a salary, travel and research allowance. The fellowship is awarded for 1 year, which can be extended for another year based on successful review. Interested fellow should send an application, which should contain a CV and a motivation letter (max 500 words) by 1 August 2014 to email: and, Tel: +55 71 3176 2255 (Brazil) and Tel: +27 35 550 7500 (South Africa).

In total, we are advertising up to five Post-Doctoral Fellowships. Potential areas of study include population and biological aspects of HIV in the context of the South African epidemic.


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