university of cambridge uk | 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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MRC Studentship, Department of Psychiatry at University of Cambridge, UK

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge is pleased to announce one, possibly two, Medical Research Council (MRC) supported PhD Studentships (part-funded by NIHR) to start in October 2011. The Department has an outstanding international reputation in the field of psychiatric research, rated the best psychiatry department in the UK and in Europe, and has excelled in the last three Research Assessment Exercises. The Department welcomes applications from candidates with a good first degree in psychological, biological, medical, clinical, or mathematical sciences for a studentship to conduct research for a doctoral degree. Candidates need to put forward a potential project title together with a research proposal. This may be done informally in conjunction with a potential supervisor by email. Applicants for the studentship should have, or expect to gain a first or upper second class Honours degree in an appropriate subject, and may also have completed further research training or a Masters degree. The research council studentship stipend will be paid at RCUK rates for the duration of the award and fees are met.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 25 Feb 2011

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Research Positions in Juvenile Diabetes Foundation at University of Cambridge, UK

We have a unique and exciting research opportunity for a postdoctoral immunologist in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation/Welcome Trust Diabetes and Inflammation Laboratory  owing to the recent and very rapid progress in discovering genes with polymorphisms that determine susceptibility to type 1 diabetes, one of the most common chronic diseases of children.
We are keen to identify a researcher who wants to make a difference, and can apply a range of skills in immunology, gene expression and function at the molecular cellular and whole organism level, across disciplines. You will need a first class publication record such that you would be highly competitive for a personal fellowship. The position would be available in John Todd’s laboratory, in collaboration with Linda Wicker and David Clayton, with world-class facilities and interactions in the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research and the University for functional analyses, including allele-specific gene expression, multicolour flow cytometry and access to blood donors and patients. Our specific aim is to correlate disease-associated genotype with phenotype in order to investigate the pathways that determine development of type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune diseases. Senior Research Associate status may be available for suitable candidates, subject to Faculty Board approval.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 23 Feb 2011

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