biological materials | Scholarship for Nigerians and Africans

A Post-Doctoral Researcher of Mechanics of Materials Lab.,Chonnam National University, Republic of Korea

We are looking for a prospective post-doc researcher who has interests in a research topic, ‘Construction of Optical X-ray System for Noninvasive Evaluation’.

A researcher who has knowledge in
1. Thin film fabrication with evaporation/sputtering
2. Thin film scintillator
3. X-ray optics
4. X-ray physics
5. Biomechanics related to biological materials
will be welcomed.

Interested researchers are encouraged to apply their Curriculum Vitae to the email address below:

Insu Jeon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
School of Mechanical Systems Engineering
Chonnam National University
300 Yongbong-dong, Buk-gu, Gwangju, 500-757, Republic of Korea
Tel. : +82-62-530-1688 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            +82-62-530-1688      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Fax. : +82-62-530-1689
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Scholarship Application Deadline: 19 January 3, 2011

Further Scholarship Information and Application

PhD Scholarship of Biosciences BBSRC CASE Award: Exploiting Next-Generation Sequencing Data for Measurement of Biological Phenomena, UK

Based in the School of Biosciences and offered in collaboration with the LGC, this BBSRC CASE award will look at next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies, which have the potential to be used for measurement of a wide range of biological, environmental, and toxicological phenomena. The project will involve testing and validating NGS methods, including consistency between alternative methods (e.g. Illumina, 454, Quantitative PCR), accuracy, dynamic range for optimal accuracy, the robustness of technologies to increasingly complex mixtures of test material, variations in DNA library preparation protocols, inherent biases of each method and ability to reproduce measurements.

As part of the award you will have access to standard reference biological materials (well-characterised mixtures of two or more bacterial strains, for example) as well as Illumina (via Exeter) and 454 (via LGC) NGS platforms. You will also have access to more established analytical methods such as quantitative PCR. The first step will be to devise a series of metrics of reproducibility and bias. As well as classical statistical approaches such as linear regression, the project will also make use of bioinformatics approaches for tasks such as quality-filtering and mapping reads against reference sequences.

You will spend at least 6 months seconded to LGC’s laboratories in Teddington and it is also likely that you will have the opportunity to spend some time at one of LGC’s sites abroad (e.g. the Berlin laboratories where the 454 instrument is based).

Application deadline: 13th August 2010