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PhD Studentship in Biosciences – Developing tools for experimental and theoretical evolution to study parasitic forms of life

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    Dr S Melnikov
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Project Description

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Start date and duration

Project Start Date: 28 September 2020
The funding covers a three-year PhD.

Our newly-established team is seeking enthusiastic members who has a passion for science and desire to learn new experimental and computational tools to study the evolution of life. During the training, you will learn how to combine bioinformatics with experimental evolution to study the impact of parasitic lifestyles on evolution of proteins and nucleic acids in “intracellular” lifeforms – such as obligate intracellular parasites, endosymbionts, and mitochondria. You will also learn to handle a few model organisms, including emerging human parasites Microsporidia infecting mammalian cell lines, to explore if common molecular defects in parasitic organisms can be used to devise general therapies against parasitic infections.

We will provide an interdisciplinary training in evolutionary and molecular biology, biochemistry, and bioinformatics. We will also teach our students to develop strong work ethics and strategic thinking, to manage their time and their projects, to write manuscripts and grant proposals, to give talks and gain visibility, and to establish international collaborations with the Word-leading biomedical research centres. At last, we will help our students to use the acquired training as the asset for their next career move.

Please check out our website for more information and, if interested, please contact [Email Address Removed].


The studentship is funded by the Newcastle University Academic Track (NUAcT) Fellowship Scheme

Name of supervisor(s)

Dr Sergey Melnikov

Eligibility Criteria

This award is available to UK/EU and international applicants. You must have (or expect to have) a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent). Prior training in fields spanning biology, bioinformatics, chemistry, physics, computational sciences is preferred but not required. Bioinformatics skills and training in structural biology (or demonstrable drive to learn) is desirable.

A further qualification such as an MSc/MRes is advantageous. The English Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with 5.5 or more in each sub-skill.

How to apply

You must apply via the University’s Online Application System Please complete only mandatory fields using the following information:
•Insert the programme code 8300F in the Programme of Study Section
•Select ’PhD in the Faculty of Medical Sciences – Biosciences’ as the programme of study
•Insert the studentship code bi008 in the studentship/partnership reference field
•Attach a cover letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote the studentship reference code bi008 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
•Attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications

You should also send a copy of your CV and cover letter to [Email Address Removed] quoting the studentship reference code and title of the studentship.


For further details and assistance, please contact:
Dr Sergey Melnikov
Newcastle University Biosciences Institute
E-mail: [Email Address Removed]
Telephone: +44-(0)-191-208-5810

Funding Notes

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £15,009 (full award). Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

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