FREE PhD study and funding virtual fair REGISTER NOW FREE PhD study and funding virtual fair REGISTER NOW

Statistics for Biologists: Leveraging user design for transcriptomics analysis

   School of Life, Health and Chemical Sciences

This project is no longer listed on and may not be available.

Click here to search for PhD studentship opportunities
  Dr Wendi Bacon  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Statistics underpin the algorithms that biologists use - often with minimal statistical training. Single-cell RNA-sequencing is a cutting-edge bioinformatics field aiming to identify all the cell types within an organism. There is more data than data analysts – how do we empower analysis?

The Galaxy Platform allows users to analyse data without programming skills. The Galaxy Training Network provides a platform for training using Galaxy. The student will interrogate datasets with our industry partner Omnigen to identify biomarkers in disease as a proof of principle. They will use this to develop much-needed materials for advanced single-cell and spatial analyses within the Galaxy platform. They will use human computer-interaction design methods to assess the materials and the decision-making by users, with an emphasis on engaging non-mathematicians in the vital statistics they (often incorrectly) use. This student will evaluate this unique pipeline in how we develop accurate analyses – and analysts – of the future. 

Further information

This Four-year studentship as part of EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership with Omnigen: Enhanced, tax-free stipend (approximately £1,450/month); housing and travel fully covered while on placement, Student visa fees & health insurance covered (if necessary)

Location The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom; Two 5-month placements in the Netherlands with Omnigen

This studentship is suitable for Full time students with a Masters degree or equivalent in statistics or related EPSRC field

Informal enquiries relating to the project should be directed to Dr Wendi Bacon ([Email Address Removed]).

How to Apply

Please send an email with your CV, a completed application form and a personal statement (outlining your suitability for the studentship, what you hope to achieve from the PhD and your research experience to date) to [Email Address Removed] . You do not need to submit a research proposal.

You can find more information in the following link:

Closing date: 23rd September,2022 at 12:00 noon.

Interview date: On-line interviews will be held on 11th October 2022. [can be flexible on date if needed]

LHCS holds Athena Swan Bronze Status. We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Search Suggestions
Search suggestions

Based on your current searches we recommend the following search filters.

PhD saved successfully
View saved PhDs