The ‘GW4 BioMed MRC DTP’ is awarding up to 18 studentships with an October 2020 start date, aligned with the themes of Infection, Immunity and Repair; Neuroscience and Mental Health; and Population Health. The DTP also places a strong emphasis on cross-cutting skills priorities (quantitative skills, interdisciplinary skills and in vivo skills), and may advertise projects outside these themes. The DTP welcomes students from non-medical backgrounds and can fund additional training to assist discipline conversion. Most studentships will be 3.5 years full time or up to 7 years part-time, and can be longer where additional training is undertaken.
Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is becoming the leading cause of liver transplantation in the UK, already affecting ~5% of the population, but with no approved treatment. The student will leverage our recent insights from artificial intelligence to discover new uses for approved drugs to treat NASH, accelerating efforts to bring successful therapies to the clinic.
The student will develop her/his unique skill set across computation and inflammation, broaden her/his horizons in state-of-the-art AI technologies and systems medicine as well as develop a bespoke network across GW4 communities and industrial partners. We are publishing in highest tier journals in hepatology and diabetes with IF>15 (Zhou et al., Journal of Hepatology, 2015; Luukkonen et al., Journal of Hepatology, 2016, 2017; Luukkonen et al., Diabetes Care, 2018). These studies will be of similar impact and presented internationally with profound influence over multiple fields: inflammation, hepatology, diabetes, obesity, pharmacology and data innovation.
By leading in the UK on investigating metabolic inflammation using systems biology, we are in a position to make truly novel discoveries about basic and translational biology in NAFLD (see lab: https://yz-lab.org/
). This potential facilitated formation of this collaboration, and it is expected the student will benefit from further collaborations with industrial partners built upon our existing international networks.
We particularly WELCOME applications from candidates with BACKGROUNDS in Computer Science, Mathematics, Bioinformatics, Physics, Engineering or Biomedicine.
Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Zhou ([email protected]
) if you have any concerns
The DTP welcomes students from both biomedical and non-biomedical backgrounds (especially in areas of computing, mathematics and the physical sciences) and can fund additional training, including Masters, to assist discipline conversion. Applicants for a studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK in an appropriate degree subject. Applicants with a Lower Second Class degree will only be considered if they also have a Master’s degree or have significant relevant non-academic experience.
HOW TO APPLY
You will need to complete both an application to the GW4 BioMed MRC DTP for an ‘offer of funding’ and to Cardiff University for an ‘offer to study’
1) Applying for an ‘offer of funding’
Please complete the online application form https://cardiff.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/gw4-biomed-mrc-doctoral-training-partnership-student-appl
by 5pm, 25 November 2019.
The Research Theme Panels will complete the shortlisting and inform applicants by 19 December 2019.
If you are shortlisted you will need to;
• contact your chosen supervisor(s) to discuss your application between 3 and 15 January 2020
• submit two references and a copy of your academic transcript(s) by 17 January 2020
• attend an interview in Cardiff on 21 or 22 January 2020
Further details will be included in the shortlisting letter.
More information on the application process may be found here: http://www.gw4biomed.ac.uk/doctoral-students/
2) Applying for an ‘offer to study’
Applicants should submit an application for postgraduate study via the Cardiff University Online Application Service. http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research/programmes/programme/medicine
Applicants should select Doctor of Philosophy Medicine, with a start date of October 2020.
In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select "I will be applying for a scholarship / grant" and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from GW4 BioMed MRC DTP.
If are applying for more than one Cardiff University project please note this in the research proposal section.