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CoMPLEX Doctoral Training Centre MRes/PhD Studentships

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Applications for the Mres/PhD in Modelling Biological Complexity are now closed, however applications are currently being accepted for Computational Modelling of Biological Complexity

Those applying for ORS or GRS scholarships need to ensure their fully completed application is submitted to CoMPLEX no later than 1st Feb 2011.

Home, EU and Self funded students' deadline for submitting their application will be 14th Feb 2011.


CoMPLEX is UCL's flagship centre for interdisciplinary research in the life and medical sciences. It brings mathematicians, physical scientists, computer scientists and engineers together with life and medical scientists to apply cutting edge techniques to tackle the challenges that arise from complexity in biology and medicine. CoMPLEX supports the research of over 200 scientists across UCL, provides innovative teaching methods for interdisciplinary research, and maintains strong links with international partners and with leading UK research centres.

We have funding for 3 new PhD positions, one of which is in developing improvements to cochlear implants for the deaf and two more that are funded to examine gut microbiomes (the communities of bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract of patients) within patients who have immune defects. These latter 2 positions will create an important step towards improving patient healthcare. Project details can be found at

All 3 positions come with an additional, fully funded, MRes training year in interdisciplinary science before the PhD begins. Training includes modules in mathematical, physical and computational approaches to solving problems in the life and medical sciences, as well as biomedical training and project work. This first year package should leave you ideally situated to take on your interdisciplinary PhD.

Modelling Biological Complexity

We are therefore looking for highly numerate students (ideally from a natural sciences or physical/mathematical/computational sciences background) to fill these exciting positions. To apply you must complete the online UCL graduate application form, applying to the MRes Modelling Biological Complexity. Please state which project you would like to be considered for by writing "Cochlear Implants" or "GIT Microbiome" at the top of your personal statement.

Applicants must have or expect a good upper class 2nd or 1st class degree in any area of the mathematical, physical, computer, engineering or life sciences (or equivalent EU/overseas degree). For students from the life sciences, some mathematics experience is necessary (e.g. A Levels or higher).

The CoMPLEX Programme is supported by Research Council and charity funding. Studentship for Home students will be available covering tuition fees and paying an annual tax-free stipend (2013/14 rate is £17, 090).

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