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SFI Centre for Research Training in Genomics Data Science

PhD Opportunity: SFI Research Centre for Research Training in Genomics Data Science

The SFI Centre for Research Training in Genomics Data Science will produce a cohort of highly trained scientists capable of engaging effectively with the data science challenges involved in realizing the transformative potential of genomics across the broad range of its applications.

“Genomes are at the heart of all living things. In combination with modern data science techniques, genomics has the capacity both to reveal deep biological insights and to transform applications of the life sciences, from health to food and agriculture.” Prof Cathal Seoighe, Director of SFI Centre for Research Training in Genomics Data Science.

  • This call is now closed for 2020
  • 25 places
  • Fully funded
  • Unique 4 year PhD Programme at SFI Centre for Research Training in Genomics Data Science.
  • Unique PhD experience, student-led, cohort based, interdisciplinary mixing focused research with group activities and training
  • Choose from 7 Genomic research themes
  • Access to over 90 research groups based in six Irish Institutions
  • Tax-free stipend of €18,500.

Project description

The Genomics Data Science PhD training programme is a 4-year structured PhD training programme. Over 90 researchers, including many of Ireland’s top genomics scientists, are associated with the programme and available as PhD supervisors. Access to over 90 research groups based in six Irish Institutions, (NUI Galway, UCD, UCC, TCD, RCSI and QUB).

Students can choose from projects across seven research themes:

  • Methods, frameworks and infrastructure development for genomics
  • Genomics of common and rare diseases
  • Cancer genomics and precision medicine
  • Agrigenomics, smart food and nutrigenomics
  • Genomics for pathogen surveillance and control
  • Biotechnological genomics, including metagenomics
  • High-resolution population genomics

Students will receive an annual stipend (tax free) of €18,500 and for the first few months their accommodation is arranged and paid. Each student will receive a high-end laptop as well as generous travel, workshop, placement and publication cost allowances.

A unique feature of this programme is that it was designed to be student-led and this applies to the choice of research projects. Students will have the opportunity to interact with supervisors during the 1st semester and then choose from the list of projects that are offered by the supervisor group at any of the participating institutions.

Funding Notes, Eligibility Criteria & Application Process

This is a fully funded PhD where accepted candidates receive four years of tuition fees, a tax-free stipend of €18,500 and a travel allowance for research and training related activities.

Applicants will need to have:

  • BSc or MSc (or equivalent) in a field related to genomics (biochemistry, biomedical science, genetics, medicine, microbiology) or in a strongly numerate or computational field (computer science, engineering, physics, statistics, mathematics)
  • Strong aptitude for programming and data analysis
  • Non-native speaker applicants will need proof of written and spoken English

For the application procedure visit:

Closing date: 12th January 2020

Informal queries should be directed to: [email protected]

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