Call for applications: Human Resource Development Program in Biotechnology for year 2018

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The National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC) invites research scientists from developing countries to participate in the Human Resource Development Program in Biotechnology for year 2018. The Program aims to build up R&D capability for developing countries as well as to foster the 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 the BIOTEC’s laboratories. Two types of training will be offered to successful candidates: 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 awarded.
 
Eligibility
1. The applicants 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 opened to specific countries, so please check the detail in the available course section.
2. The applicants must hold at least a Bachelor’s degree in sciences for application for a fundamental course and at least a Master’s degree in sciences for application for an advanced course. All applicants must have completed course work in biology, microbiology or any related areas that is required for particular training topics.
3. The applicants must have good command of English.
4. Must be able to attend the course, during;
4.1) Fundamental course: October 1 – December 25, 2018
4.2) Advanced course: October 1, 2018 – March 25, 2019
5. Must not be older than 32 years of age as of October 1, 2018.
6. Since the training is research-based and successful applicants will be working in the laboratories, the 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 select only ONE course on the application form. 
 
List of Eligible Countries
Applicants from the following countries are eligible to apply for Human Resource Development Program in Biotechnology 2018;

Eastern South Asia

East Asia

Southeast Asia

Pacific Islands

  • Bhutan
  • Nepal
  •  
  • China
  • Mongolia
  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Lao PDR
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • The Philippines
  • Vietnam
  • Fiji
  • Kiribati
  • Marshall Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Nauru
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu

 

Sponsorship

Successful candidate will be provided with monthly allowance, and accommodation. The international roundtrip airfare will only be available for the successful applicants from Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia. However, applicants from those countries who are able to secure 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)

F-1*

Molecular and morphological characterization of Ophiocordyceps acicularis species complex

  • Screening of growth on PDA, MEA, 1/4 SDYA
  • Morphological studies of asexual state produced in culture
  • DNA extraction, PCR and sequence analysis

F-2

Basic research-based training on taxonomy and identification of Food-borne, Soil and Airborne Fungi (FSAF) i.e. some genera Aspergillus, Penicillium, Cladosporium, Fusarium, Mucor, & Rhizopus
  • To observe and record basic taxonomy (macrosopic & microscopic characters of FSAF
  • To examine FSAF from BIOTEC culture collection (BCC) and Thailand Bioresource Research Center (TBRC) and isolate some targeted FSAF from environmental substrata and selected locations
  • To learn and investigate morphological data of FSAF
  • To classify and identify some FSAF using DNA sequences techniques

F-3

Collection, isolation and media optimization of fastidious insect fungal pathogens

  • Collection and isolation techniques of insect fungi
  • Screening of various artificial media to optimal growth of fastidious pathogens for molecular studies and preservation
  • Aseptic techniques
  • DNA extraction and gelelectrophoresis

F-4

Identification and characterization of novel red claw crayfish viruses

  • Transcriptomic analysis of red claw crayfish
  • Nucleic acid extraction and amplification
  • Red claw/shrimp Histology, in situ hybridization

F-5

Effect of light (intensity, spectrum and period) on metabolite contents of medicinal plants under controlled environments in Plant Factory

  • Cultivation of medicinal plants under controlled environments in Plant Factory
  • Training on determination of plant physiological and biochemical parameters (emphasis on photosynthetic parameters), and starch and sugar analysis
  • Growth and secondary metabolite analysis
  • Experimental design and statistic analysis

F-6

Pathogeneses of acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease (AHPND) and non-AHPND Vibrio parahaemolyticus strains that cause early mortality syndrome in shrimps

  • mRNA and small non-coding RNA analyses in shrimp pathogen Vibrio parahaemolyticus
  • Design antisense antibacterials targeting ncRNA involved in pathogeneses of the bacterial pathogen

Advanced Course (6 months)

A-1*

Shrimp pathogenic bacterial biofilm formation inhibitions

  • Shrimp pathogenic bacterial biofilm culturing
  • Extraction and separation of compounds from plants/microbe
  • Biofilm formation and bioluminescent inhibition testing
  • Shrimp challenge test

A-2

Development of a duplex PCR method for detection of Edwardsiella ictaluri and Francisella noatunensis subsp. orientalis causing visceral white spot in farmed tilapia

  • To develop PCR method for detection of 2 bacterial pathogens causing the same clinical pathology

A-3

Bioactive peptide from Spirulina

  • Bioactive peptide extraction, purification and characterization

A-4

Development of Microbial Biocontrol Agents for insect control 

 

  • Production of biocontrol agents (Bacillus thuringiensis & Beauveria bassiana)
  • Basic formulations to extent shelf-life, - bioassay against target insects

A-5

Enhancement of secondary metabolite production of medicinal plants by controlled & stressed environments in Plant Factory

  • Cultivation of medicinal plants under controlled environments in Plant Factory
  • Training on determination of plant physiological and biochemical parameters (emphasis on photosynthetic parameters), and starch and sugar analysis
  • Growth and secondary metabolite analysis
  • Experimental design and statistic analysis

A-6

Investigation of antimalarial drug resistance mechanism in Plasmodium parasites

  • Plasmodium parasite biology
  • Techniques in molecular biology
  • Plasmodium
  • Gene expression analysis
  • Sequencing of drug resistance genes

 

  *Courses no. F-1 and A-1 are open to candidates from Cambodia, Lao PDR and 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) in PDF format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by July 15, 2018. Successful candidates will be informed by July 2018.
 
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Announcement / Application Form / Medical Check Sheet

For 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

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Posted on 23 April 2018.