Postdoctoral Research Associate (10 months) at Keele University

Postdoctoral position available in the Price lab to work on Leishmania mexicana proteomics project. Further details are available here.

Deadline for applications is 3rd June 2019.


Funded PhD Studentship available at University of East Anglia

Molecular characterization of Cryptosporidium parvum anthroponosum - A new threat to world health (TYLERU19FMH)

Studentship available to start in October 2019 with supervisors Dr Kevin Tyler and Prof Neil Hall.

For further details on the project and how to apply, please see this link.


Research Associate for 2 years at University of Cambridge

Repositioning G-quadruplex-binding agents as antimalarial drugs

A postdoctoral research position is available in the laboratory of Dr Catherine Merrick, investigating the molecular mechanisms by which G-quadruplex binding agents can kill malaria parasites and the feasibility of repositioning such agents as candidate antimalarial drugs. G-quadruplex nucleic acid structures in Plasmodium are a major focus of research in the Merrick lab and this project will build on the recent publication by Harris et al., AAC 2018: 'G-quadruplex DNA motifs in the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum and their potential as novel antimalarial drug targets.' The project will involve a range of cutting-edge techniques in molecular genetics, genomics and cell biology across several Plasmodium species.

Applicants should hold a PhD in parasitology, molecular biology or genomics, with skills in cell culture, molecular biology and genomics/bioinformatics. Specific experience of Plasmodium culture, Plasmodium molecular genetics and genomic/transcriptomic techniques is desirable. The appointee will benefit from excellent facilities, including recently-refurbished Category-3 containment laboratories, and diverse expertise at the Cambridge Pathology Department.

The post will be available from Sept 1st 2019 Closing date for applications: 31st May 2019 Interviews will be held in mid June 2019

Further details are available here. For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Catherine Merrick by email: 


Joint PhD Studentship available at University of Exeter and University of Queensland, Australia

Ecosystem resilience to pathogens: Understanding the interplay between pathogen host shifts and coevolutionary dynamics

Ecosystems are constantly faced with a critical environmental hazard: infectious diseases. This is because many pathogens do not only attack a single species but several species within an ecosystem. A major source of emerging infectious diseases in humans, wildlife and agriculture are host shifts, where pathogens jump between host species. To assess ecosystem resilience to the threat of invading pathogens, an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of host range evolution and its consequences is vital.

In this project, we will make important steps towards this goal by investigating the interplay between host shift dynamics and host-pathogen coevolution. Host shifts are often studied as purely ecological or epidemiological processes. Conversely, host-pathogen coevolution is typically studied within a single host species. Our proposed research will combine these two aspects into a single framework. This is important because adaptations and counter-adaptations of hosts and pathogens will be a major determinant of the likelihood of a host shift being successful.

Supervisors: Dr Ben Longdon (Exeter) and Dr Jan Engelstaedter (Queensland).

More information can be found here. Deadline for applications is 20th May 2019


Two Postdoctoral Positions at Queen's University Belfast on parasites of ruminants

Two 24-month post-doctoral posts are available at Queen's University Belfast, on control of parasites in grazing ruminants. This will include design of targeted treatment strategies in cattle, and evaluation of combined alternative control methods in sheep. Some modelling will be required and training will be provided. The posts also involve experimental and on-farm trial work. Two postdoctoral fellows will be appointed from the same shortlist: apply for the same post whether interested in sheep or cattle, and modelling or practical work.

More information and how to apply can be found here.


Research Fellow Post at the University of Surrey

An exciting opportunity for a postdoctoral Research Fellow with a background in parasitology and molecular biology is available at the University of Surrey.

The post holder will be employed on a new project funded by the MRC Newton Fund entitled: “ZooTRIP:  Zoonotic Transmission of Intestinal Parasites”. Working in collaboration with the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and University of Philippines Manila, this multidisciplinary project aims to assess the contribution of zoonotic transmission to the burden of human intestinal worm infection in the Philippines and determine the most appropriate strategies for intestinal worm control. As intestinal worm infections are highly prevalent in humans worldwide, this project has the potential to deliver significant public health impact. The post holder will carry out molecular characterisation of helminth isolates and development of genotyping assays. They will also participate in capacity building activities in the Philippines.

For further information and to apply, visit this link:

Fully funded PhD Studentship at University of Cambridge

A fully funded PhD studentship is available for October 2019 with Dr Catherine Merrick to study the sensing and response of Plasmodium parasites to DNA damage.

Further details are available here.


Funded PhD opportunities at Lancaster Environment Centre

Funded PhD position for applicants from developing countries with me or one of my collagues at the Lancaster Environment Centre – you get to choose the topic!

For projects with me email me a paragraph with an initial idea:

We are recruiting for a fully funded NERC CASE studentship to start immediately (or sometime before Oct 2019).