University College Dublin has established a 4 year PhD programme in Computational Infection Biology funded by the Wellcome Trust. Five studentships are available starting in September 2015.
This programme is aimed at students who are interested in integrating computational methods with biological research to investigate the association of pathogens with both animal and human hosts. Students may enter with a background in biological science or in computational or mathematical science.
The programme offers projects in four main areas:
- Genomic analysis of microbial pathogens of animals and man.
- Novel and challenging targets in infectious disease.
- Molecular mechanisms of viral disease.
- Host-pathogen interactions.
Students in the first year of their PhD take two rotation projects, one in a predominantly biological area, and one in a bioinformatics or computational field. The rotation projects are supplemented by taught modules in areas such as Core Research Skills, Infection Biology, Computer Programming, and Statistics. Students also have the opportunity to study for a certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Students choose their PhD project at the end of year 1, and will have two supervisors, one biological and one computational.
University College Dublin is the largest university in Ireland, with an excellent reputation in research. The programme will be based in the state-of-the-art Conway Institute and the Complex and Adaptive Systems Laboratory on the Belfield campus, and will involve research groups from several schools. Dublin is an exciting and interesting place to live, with a very cosmopolitan atmosphere..
Funding and eligibility
The studentships include a maintenance stipend and fees paid at the home/EU rate. Funding for a maximum of one non-EU student may be available. Applicants should have at least an upper-second class (II.1) honours or equivalent degree in a relevant subject, and should meet standard UCD English language requirements.
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