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Investigating the Genetic Cause of Hearing Loss

   UCL Ear Institute

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  Dr S Dawson  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Open for UK Home students only

A PhD studentship is available at the UCL Ear Institute as part of the NIHR UCLH BRC Deafness and Hearing Problems Theme UCL PhD Studentship Programme.

The student will work with the UCL Otogenetics Group to investigate the genetic causes of hearing loss and deafness using whole genome sequencing data from the 100,000 Genomes Project ( The Otogenetics Group brings together geneticists at the UCL Ear Institute with clinicians at UCLH and GOSH with the aim of identifying new deafness genes and improving genetic diagnosis for families with inherited hearing loss. The project will utilise both bioinformatic and lab based approaches to investigate candidate genes and variants identified by whole genome sequencing to validate their role in causing hearing loss.

The student will benefit from extensive research and training resources at UCL, UCLH and the UCLH Biomedical Research Centre. The UCL Ear Institute is one of the world’s largest integrated hearing research centers, bringing scientists, clinicians, and patients together in a collective effort to improve our understanding of hearing and treatment of hearing loss ( It is closely related to the UCLH Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital, the UK's centre of excellence for ENT and Audiovestibular medicine and research. The UCLH BRC connects these organisations and provides the infrastructure and excellence to deliver world-leading translational research in the field of hearing loss genetics.

The full time PhD studentship is available to start from Autumn 2022 for 3 years at the UCL Ear Institute.

The ideal candidate will have experience of human genetics including mutational analysis using a bioinformatics approach and laboratory based molecular genetics techniques. Minimum entry requirements for a UCL PhD can be found at

Please submit applications to Prof Sally Dawson, [Email Address Removed] in the following format:

  1. A CV
  2. Personal statement (600 words maximum) outlining (i) why you are applying for this PhD, (ii) what makes you the ideal candidate, (iii) what experience you have had.
  3. Name and contact details for 2-3 persons who could be approached as a referee.

Applications will be accepted until August 1st, 2022. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews to likely to be held during the second half of August.

For further information about the project contact Prof Sally Dawson directly.

Please note that anyone not eligible for the UK rate fees would have to demonstrate proof that the full fees can be paid before an offer.

Once shortlisted for interview applicants should submit an application via the main UCL application site with the following choices:

  • Department: Ear Institute (29)
  • Programme type: Postgraduate Research
  • Full time, part time, etc: Full-time
  • Start year: 2022/23
  • Programme code: RRDEINSING01

Funding Notes

It includes a tax free stipend commencing at £17,983 per annum (2022/23 rate, increasing in Years 2 and 3), tuition fees at the home rate, together with research project costs. Applications from both UK and international students are welcome but fees are only covered at the home rate, overseas students would need to provide additional funding to top up to the overseas rate.

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