Call for application Human Resource Development Program in Biotechnology for year 2013

The National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) invites research scientists from selected developing countries in East Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific to participate in the Human Resource Development Program in Biotechnology for year 2013. The Program aims to build up R&D capability for developing countries as well as fostering research network among countries in this region. The Program places importance on improving research skill, thus it is designed to be an on-the-job and research-based training in BIOTEC’s laboratories. Two types of training will be on offer: fundamental courses (3 months) and advanced courses (6 months). The training course consists of classroom session, designing and conducting a mini research project and site visit to factories or project sites. A total of 12 fellowships will be provided.
  1. Must be scientists currently being employed in either a public or private academic institute, OR a governmental research organization in the list of eligible countries. Some courses are only open to specific countries, so please check the detail in the available course section.
  2. Must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in sciences for application to a fundamental course or at least a Master’s degree in sciences for application to an advanced course. All applicants must have finished course work in biology, microbiology or any related areas that will be required for particular training topics.
  3. Must have good command in English.
  4. Must be able to attend the course, during 1 July – 30 September 2013 for a fundamental course or 1 July – 31 December 2013 for an advanced course.
  5. Must not be older than 32 years of age as of 1 July 2013.
  6. Since the training is research-based and trainees will be working in the laboratories, applicants must show on his/her application form that his/her current job involves research, not administrative work.
  7. Each selected grant recipient will be assigned to ONE of the available courses. Applicants will have to identify only ONE course in their application form.
List of Eligible Countries
Applicants from the following countries are eligible to apply for Human Resource Development Program in Biotechnology 2013:

East Asia

Southeast Asia

Pacific Islands

  • China
  • Mongolia


  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Lao PDR
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • Vietnam
American Samoa
Marshall Islands
Northern Mariana Islands
Papua New Guinea
Solomon Islands
Selected candidate will be provided with monthly allowance, on-campus accommodation and health insurance.
The international roundtrip airfare funding will only be available for the successful applicants from Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia. However, applicants from those countries who are able to obtain airfare from their own institutes or other funding agencies are strongly encouraged to indicate this fact on the application form.
Available Courses

Course No.

Project title

Course Content

Fundamental Course (3 months)


Screening for new sources of brown planthopper resistance in rice germplasm

  • Collecting and rearing brown planthopper
  • Screening for brown planthopper resistance


Identification of polerovirus causing the yellowing disease

  • Collect cucurbit plants with typical yellowing symptom
  • Extraction of total RNA from infected cucurbis
  • PCR using primers specific to polerovirus
  • Cloning and sequencing of PCR products
  • Sequence analysis


Development of Bacillus subtilis expression vectors

  • Basic Microbiology
  • Basic Molecular Biology
  • Techniques for DNA Technology


Identification of thrips species that are responsible in transmission of tospoviruses in Thailand

  • Development of thrips transmission assays
  • Study on the ability of different thrips species in transmission of tospoviruses using leaf disc assay
  • Detection of tospoviruses in thrips and infected plants using ELISA and RT-PCR


Identification and validation of novel drug targets in Plasmodium parasites

  • Techniques in bioinformatics (genome search, comparative genomics)
  • Molecular biology (PCR, molecular cloning, Southern blotting) and cell culture.


High sensitive DNA hybridization detection with nanomaterials

  • Biosensors and diagnostics
  • Biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Chemistry of materials
  • Electrochemical/optical techniques
  • Nanobiotechnology


Application of a Cyt toxin for effective control of insect pests

  • Protein preparation (extraction & purification)
  • Bioassay against S. exigua, S. litula and other insect pest


Molecular approach to improve plant storage organ productivity

  • Recombinant DNA techniques
  • Plant molecular biology techniques


Screening of biomass-degrading enzymes from microbial isolates in BIOTEC Culture Collection for industrial application

  • Screening of key biomass-degrading enzymes i.e. cellulases, hemicellulases, or ligninases using biochemical techniques
  • Quantitative analysis of enzyme activities
  • Assessment of enzymes on target industrial applications

Advanced Course (6 months)


Control of Vibrio bacteria and phage infection in shrimp by quorum sensing inhibitors

  • Bacteria culture and phage preparation
  • Screening for QS inhibitors in natural products
  • Characterize the screened inhibitors
  • Test these inhibitors in Vibrio infected shrimp


Crustacean histology and pathology

  • Crayfish and shrimp sample collections
  • Processing of shrimp and crayfish samples for paraffin and/or LR white embedding
  • Sectioning, staining and histological studies
  • Disease detection / host gene expression quantification by PCR methods
  • Development of new detection methods for crayfish diseases


Nanobiosensors for DNA hybridization detection or immunoassays

  • Biosensors and diagnostics
  • Biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Chemistry of materials
*Courses no. F1, F2, F3, F4, A1 and A2 are open to candidates from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam only.
Application Procedure
Each applicant should submit a completed application form along with an English university-transcript, full Curriculum Vitae, certificate of health and copy of passport (if any) to BIOTEC. The deadline for receipt of application is 15 March 2013. Selected applicant will be notified by 15 April 2013. For application submission and further inquiries, please contact:
International Cooperation Section
c/o Ms. Papawee Nupason
National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC)
113 Thailand Science Park, Phahonyothin Road
Khlong Nueng, Khlong Luang, Pathum Thani 12120 Thailand
Tel: (66) 2 564 6700 ext.3323 Fax: (66) 2 564 6572
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2. Application Form (Micosoft Word, PDF file)
Posted on 20 December 2012