Creation of a super-resolution map of the bacterial cytokinesis machinery

University of Technology Sydney
November 01, 2023
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Bacteria are becoming more and more resistant to antibiotics. We urgently need to identify new antibiotic targets for downstream development of new therapeutics.

In this project we use advanced microscopy techniques, nanobody technology and microfluidics to better understand the bacterial cell division machinery in the model organism E. coli. We aim to develop a dynamic high-resolution map of the components of machinery to work out protein interactions and how they may change over the course of the division event.

The division machinery is a potentially attractive target for new antibiotics, as it is only present in bacteria. Therefore, a deeper understanding of this process and how this machinery itself is organized is essential. A successful candidate will work closely with the rest of the team and with international collaborators.

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Who is eligible?

Applicants must be either permanent Australian residents or New Zealand citizens. To be eligible for this application, applicants must have completed a UTS recognised you must hold the following or equivalent degree in

  • MSc Research or MSc Coursework with a research thesis of at least 6 months.
  • Bachelor Honours degree with First Class, or Second Class Division 1, or division 1 honours, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate research studies.
  • Selection process

    You should have/be:

  • An Honour's degree (or equivalent) in Science or Engineering. We will aim to design the candidature based on the applicant's background.
  • High level of independence.
  • Curious and open minded. A can do attitude.
  • Positive and Social.
  • How to apply

    Applicants should send their CV, list of publications, and selection criteria to Bill Söderström ([email protected]) by the closing date. Shortlisted candidates will be advised with further details.

    For further Information on UTS Graduate Research applications please follow application essentials in this link.

    Need more information? Contact...

    Please contact Bill Söderström ([email protected]) for further information.

    Other information

    The University of Technology Sydney is Australia’s Top Young University and ranked within the Top 200 universities worldwide. Its vibrant campus is located in the center of Sydney, with easy access to all amenities and transport that is ideally suited for PhD student living.


    $32,500 per year (RTP Stipend rate, indexed annually); additional funds ($7.5k) during the course of the PhD for travel and other PhD-related expenses.


    3.5 years








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