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NIHR MSc Studentships in Medical Statistics, UK

Four National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded studentships are available for the 2011/12 academic year. These studentships have been made available with the aim of building research capacity in medical statistics, and will be targeted towards students who are planning to go on to work in areas of benefit to the National Health Service. There will be two deadlines – two studentships will be awarded in April, and two in June. Early application is recommended. Unsuccessful applicants for the April award will automatically be reconsidered for the June award.
Successful applicants in the April round will be contacted in the week starting May 1st, and those successful in June will be contacted in the week starting 26th June. Please note that only successful applicants will be contacted. The competition for these studentships is high, and applicants are strongly encouraged to seek alternative funding should their application be unsuccessful. This course provides training in the theory and practice of statistics with special reference to clinical trials, epidemiology and clinical or laboratory research. Applicants should have an Upper Second Class Honours degree of a recognised university in science, or a related subject, or a degree in medicine. Applicants without a mathematically-based first degree must have strong quantitative skills and some familiarity with statistical ideas. Graduates pursue careers in various sectors including higher education, research institutions, the pharmaceutical industry, central government and national health services.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The deadline for the April round of applications is 8th April 2011. The deadline for the June round of applications is 10th June 2011.

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Rubicon Grants for Research Programme at Dutch Universities and Research Institutes

The aim of the Rubicon programme is to encourage talented researchers at Dutch universities and research institutes run by KNAW and NWO to dedicate themselves to a career in postdoctoral research. Rubicon offers researchers who have completed their doctorates in the past year the chance to gain experience at a top research institution outside the Netherlands (maximum of two years). Postgraduates who are currently engaged in doctoral research or who have been awarded a doctorate in the twelve months preceding the relevant deadline. Applicants who are still engaged in doctoral research may only apply if their supervisor provides a written declaration approving their thesis.

Proposals will be assessed on the basis of quality criteria (as listed in the brochure which can be downloaded from this website) and certain policy criteria.Multidisciplinary advisory committees will assess the applications.
The views of external referees will not be sought.
The final award decisions will be made by the boards of the relevant divisions/foundation.
The entire assessment procedure will take approximately 4 months.

Scholarship Application Deadline:31 March 2011

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PhD Scholarship in Genetic Analysis of Archived Tissue Collections from Fish, Denmark

Archived historical material from fish in the form of scales and otoliths is found in many research institutions across the Nordic countries. Such population samples constitute a unique source of DNA for conducting retrospective analysis of genetic changes over time. They allow identification of historical changes in the distribution, migration and abundance of fish populations, as well as temporal evolutionary changes within populations in response to environmental change. This project aims at performing genetic/genomic analysis on historical collections of cod and potentially other fish species from several Nordic populations in order to estimate the temporal stability of population structure as well as adaptive micro-evolution in relation to climatic variation. The insights on relationships between population structure, evolution and climate should be used in conjunction with forecasting models of environmental change in order to predict future distribution and abundance of fish populations. The project is part of a Nordic Centre of Excellence and will include collaboration with and visits to research institutions in Norway and Greenland.

We are looking for a candidate who has:
* Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree, or equivalent, in Population- or Evolutionary Genetics
* Previous experience with molecular genetic analysis
* Proficiency in written and spoken English
* Keen interest in research and a wish to work in the field of population genetics and evolution of aquatic organisms

Scholarship Application Deadline:30-03-2011

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