Masters and/or PhD Position in the Division of Immunology (Allergy Research Group)

12 Dec 2018 - 10:30
Division of Immunology

Masters and/or a PhD Position opportunity in the Division of Immunology (Allergy Research Group), University of Cape Town

We are interested in mechanisms involved in the establishment, maintenance and resolution of allergic diseases with particular focus on allergic asthma and eczema. We utilise experimental mouse models and unique gene-knockout and transgenic mouse strains to understand fundamental immunological functions in allergic diseases.

Academic conditions

PhD position

  • We seek to attract a highly ambitious, motivated person with good work ethic
  • Must have a Master’s degree in Biological Sciences/Medical Sciences (e.g. Immunology, Biochemistry, Veterinary Science, Microbiology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology)
  • Candidates with previous animal handling experience and basic immunological techniques such as multi-colour flow cytometry, ELISA, RT-PCR, immunofluorescent microscopy, cell sorting, will be favourable
  • Ability to work independently and ability to learn new things

MSc position

  • We seek to attract a highly ambitious, motivated person with good work ethic
  • Must have an Honours degree in Biological Sciences/Medical Sciences (e.g. Immunology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology)
  • Candidates with Honours in upper class or second upper class or internship experience will be preferred
  • Basic immunological techniques such as ELISA, PCR, cell culture

Laboratory space and resources

  • A 3-year stipend of R100 000 per annum for PhD position or 2-year stipend of R70 000 per annum for MSc position is secured, with possibilities of top-up through supervisor or student initiated grant applications.
  • Laboratory space and sufficient operational funds for the project is availability
  • Candidates will be hosted in the Cytokines and Infectious Disease Laboratory in ICGEB and IDM, Division of Immunology, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Application process

All applications should include:

  • A brief cover letter stating applicant’s motivation, research interests and previous research experiences.
  • A curriculum vitae (1-2 pages), stating clearly laboratory skills acquired
  • Letters of reference from two academic referees that have previously taught or supervised the applicant  
  • Only candidates short-listed for interviews will be contacted.

We seek to attract brilliant South African students, particularly from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Applications should be directly emailed to Dr Sabelo Hadebe (Sabelo.hadebe@uct.ac.za) or Prof Frank Brombacher (brombacherfrank@gmail.com) before the 20th of January 2019.

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