genomics | Scholarship for Nigerians and Africans - Part 2

4 Year PhD Programme in Mathematical Genomics and Medicine, University of Cambridge, UK

Modern genomics promises not only to help uncover the molecular basis of disease, but also to have a major impact on health care through translation of advances in techniques, computation and knowledge into clinical trials and clinical practice. Quantitative analysis is at the heart of this goal, and there is a pressing requirement for researchers with thorough mathematical and statistical expertise, in addition to training in medical genetics and informatics. This PhD programme has been established as a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. The programme will provide the opportunity to work at the interface between the mathematical and computational sciences, and genome-scale and translational medical research.
The programme is a four year PhD programme but follows a “1 + 3″ model, comprising a tailored first year of taught modules and research rotations, followed by a three-year research project. All students will have two supervisors: one from mathematics, engineering or other quantitative science background, and the second from a genetics or genomics/biomedical background. Successful applicants will have strong mathematical, statistical and computational skills, and may include exceptional biologists. They will develop quantitative techniques and theoretical approaches and apply them to practical problems in both translational and basic biomedical research. This PhD Programme will award fees to students at the University of Cambridge graduate ‘home rate’:

Scholarship Application Deadline: 21 March 2011

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JRF Positions in Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute, India: Modern Biology and Biotechnology

The Discipline of Marine Biotechnology and Ecology of CSMCRI, Bhavnagar is actively engaged in multidisciplinary research in frontier areas of modern biology and biotechnology.  Some of the ongoing/new research activities of the Discipline for which we wish to recruit 12 Junior Research Fellows are:  Cloning and characterization of stress-responsive genes, promoter isolation and development of transgenic crop plants, Climate change and adaptation- coastal saline ecosystem, Mapping of marine biodiversity (seaweeds and marine microbes) using molecular tools and techniques,  Genomics & metagenomics of marine microbes, Seaweed biology and cultivationM.Sc, first class in Botany/ Biotechnology/Biochemistry/ Microbiology. CSIR-UGC NET qualified candidates will be given preference.  The selected JRF will be allowed to register for Ph.D.  Age: Not more than 28 years (relaxation as per CSIR rules

Fellowship – For CSIR-UGC/DBT/ICMR-JRF: Rs.16, 000/- PM + HRA; NET-LS: Rs.12,000/- PM + HRA; Non NET-JRF/LS Rs.12,000/- PM consolidated. The interested candidates fulfilling above criteria may attend the walk-in interview at CSMCRI, Bhavnagar on 28 March, 2011 at 9.30AM. It is desirable to send the application (in the prescribed format) prior to interview by e-mail. The posts are purely temporary for duration of sponsored project/scheme only. It would, therefore, not confer any right/claim implicit or explicit for any candidates for claiming extension or absorption in CSMCRI/CSIR.  No traveling or any other allowances will be paid for attending the interview.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 28 March 2011

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PhD Studentship in Aquatic Microbial Ecology and Genomics, Sweden

Aquatic microorganisms hold central roles in most biogeochemical cycles. In this PhD project we will study the roles played by bacteria and archaea in the transformation and metabolic use of quantitatively significant carbon compounds in lakes and oceans. For this purpose, we will use a combination of controlled experiments and advanced cultivation-independent methods for microscopic and sequence-based characterization of the ecology and metabolic features of aquatic microorganisms. The ability of different bacteria and archaea to use methane, chitin, proteins and other quantitatively important carbon compounds will be studied at the level of single cells.

Qualifications: Candidates should have a University degree in biology, molecular biotechnology, bioinformatics or related discipline. Basic knowledge in microbiology and proficiency in oral and written communication in English is expected. Documented experience in bioinformatics and/or laboratory work will strengthen your application. Personal motivation and interest in the subject will also be used to select candidates for the position.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 25 March 2011

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