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PhD Scholarship in Genetics and Protein Chemistry, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

The Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, invites applications for a 3-year PhD scholarship at the Department of Biology, Sections of Functional Genomics and Biomolecular Sciences starting June 15, 2011.Applicants should hold an MSc degree in biochemistry or biology; have a solid background within molecular biology and protein chemistry. Fluency in English is also a requirement and applicants may be asked to provide documentation of proficiency in English prior to appointment.The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant. In addition experience with research in biochemistry, protein chemistry and molecular biology is an absolute requirement.

The University of Copenhagen wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.

Scholarship Application Deadline:13-05-2011

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PhD Fellowships in Molecular Microbial Ecology, Denmark

The aim of this research project is to further develop and improve the modern microbial metagenomics tools to study natural microbial communities. In this project we will use high throughput sequencing to study the composition of bacterial communities in various natural environments with great resolution.
Furthermore, the project includes studies of the presence and evolution of plasmid-borne traits in different natural habitats in order to resolve the role of the mobile gene pool in microbial adaptation. We are specifically interested in studying the effect of anthropogenic activity on the evolution and prevalence of multi resistant bacteria.

We expect that the applicants have obtained an MSc degree in biology or biochemistry, a good grasp of theoretical concepts, and some expertise in laboratory techniques used in molecular microbial ecology, DNA sequencing and bioinformatic analysis. Fluency in English is a requirement.

An assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the applications. The final selection will be made by the supervisors, Søren J. Sørensen and Lars H. Hansen and the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the evaluation committee. Successful candidates will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at the PhD school of Science, University of Copenhagen.

Scholarship Application Deadline:14 April 2011

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PhD Studentship in the Department of Haematology at University of Cambridge, UK

Functional characterization of novel regulators of haematopoiesis and platelet function in Danio rerio A PhD position is available jointly supervised by Dr Ana Cvejic and Professor Willem H Ouwehand who have an international track record in megakaryocyte and platelet biology and genomics. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) provide a new and powerful approach to identify novel regulators of haematopoiesis and platelet function. In a next step we want to explore the mechanisms by which common sequence variation exerts its effect on haematopoiesis. This PhD project will initially apply high-throughput screening methods in Danio rerio to determine the function of novel genes, identified by GWAS, in haematopoiesis. Further studies will focus on novel genes encoding proteins that are important regulators of transcription. The successful applicant will be trained in performing experiments with Danio rerio applying a variety of molecular biology and next generation sequencing techniques, state-of-the-art imaging systems, in situ hybridisation and immunohistochemistry and will mainly work in the Zebrafish genetics group of Dr Derek Stemple at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.
We are seeking applications from ambitious and highly motivated individuals looking to work in an interdisciplinary environment with education, experience or interest in haematopoiesis. Applicants should have a first or upper second-class degree in biology, biochemistry or related subjects. Familiarity with molecular biology techniques would be advantageous. This 4-year studentship will cover University composition fees, College fees and a £16,500 stipend for UK/EEA applicants.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 15 April 2011

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