Call for application Human Resource Development Program in Biotechnology for year 2014

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The National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) invites research scientists from developing countries in ASEAN to participate in the Human Resource Development Program in Biotechnology for year 2014.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 10 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 March – 31 May 2014 for a fundamental course or 1 March – 31 August 2014 for an advanced course.
  5. Must not be older than 32 years of age as of 1 March 2014.
  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
Application is open to developing economies in ASEAN, according to the World Bank data. These countries are:
  • Cambodia         
  • Indonesia         
  • Lao PDR           
  • Malaysia           
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines        
  • Vietnam
Selected candidate will be provided with monthly allowance, and accommodation.
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)


Identification of potential gene markers associated with reduced water holding capacity of Thai chickens

  • Analysis of cellular signaling pathways associated with reduced water holding capacity
  • Confirmation of differential gene expression using quantitative real-time PCR


Insect fungi screening test against agriculture pest insects in laboratory

  • Insect rearing
  • Fungi culture and mass production
  • Insect screening test technique


Study of dextranase application for dextran degradation in sugar production process

  • Evaluation of dextranase on dextran degradation in laboratory scale
  • Optimization of dextran degradation by using experimental design


Study of Influenza A virus growth suppression by Influenza B nucleoprotein

  • Molecular biology techniques (site-directed mutagenesis)
  • Immunofluorescence
  • Co-immunoprecipitation


Validation of drug targets in Plasmodium parasites

  • Construction of plasmids for transfection to Plasmodium parasites
  • Molecular analysis of transgenic Plasmodium parasites


Isolation and characterization of reproduction-related genes in the giant tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon)

  • RNA extraction and cDNA synthesis
  • Gene expression by RT-PCR
  • DNA cloning


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


Molecular characterization of Ralstonia solanacearum and isolation of bacteriophage infecting R. solanacearum

  • Isolation of R. solanacearum from tomato plants showing wilting disease
  • DNA extraction from R. solanacearum
  • Molecular characterization of R. solanacearum by PCR
  • Collection of soil samples from tomato fields with the epidemic of wilting disease
  • Isolation of bacteriophage by single plaque assay
  • Test of isolated bacteriophage with different strains of R. solanacearum

Advanced Course (6 months)


Functional analysis of rice genes response to high temperature

  • Study effects of high temperature on rice growth at green house conditions
  • Expression analysis of some selected rice genes
  • Database search


Nanobiosensors for DNA hybridization detection or immunoassays

  • Biosensors and diagnostics
  • Biochemistry and Molecular biology
  • Chemistry of materials
  • Electrochemical / optical techniques
  • Nanobiotechnology
*Courses no. F1 and F2 are open to candidates from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar 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 December 2013. Selected applicant will be notified by 27 December 2013.
2. Application Form (Micosoft Word, PDF file)
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 Nuang, Khlong Luang, Pathum Thani 12120 Thailand
Tel: (66) 2 564 6700 ext.3323
Fax: (66) 2 564 6572
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Posted on 1 November 2013