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A bioinformatic approach to diagnosing interstitial lung disease

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Project Description

3yr PhD British Lung Foundation studentship commencing in autumn 2016


Applications are invited from candidates with a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Biological Sciences, Computer Sciences, Physics or Mathematics or a related discipline, for a 3 year PhD studentship to investigate “A bioinformatic approach to diagnosing interstitial lung disease”.

This project will apply novel data-intensive mathematical techniques to information held in the newly developed Royal Brompton Hospital clinical data warehouse together with genomic and proteomic information generated using novel molecular research techniques. In doing so this PhD will seek to improve the diagnosis and treatment of a rare group of lung disorders collectively known as interstitial lung disease. At the same time it is hoped to identify new targets for future drug development together with measurements (biomarkers) which will help to simplify and shorten future clinical trials.

The studentship will be funded by a grant from the British Lung Foundation and provides a 3 years tax free bursary of £17,500 per annum. Tuition fees at the Home/EU rate will also be paid.
The student will work within the Fibrosis Research Group of Dr Toby Maher. The group is based within the Inflammation, Repair and Development section of the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, at the South Kensington Campus.

The National Heart and Lung Institute provides an exciting environment, with state of the art facilities and excellent opportunities for PhD student training including research seminars and journal clubs. In addition, the institute provides extensive collaborative opportunities with other research groups. The PhD studentship will also provide the opportunity for time to be spent with an industrial partner so as to provide a wider research experience. All students will belong to Imperial’s Graduate School which provides a comprehensive Professional Skills Programme and has received the Times Higher Award for Outstanding Support for Early Careers Researchers in 2006 and 2008.

How to Apply
Applicants must hold, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second-class undergraduate degree or UK equivalent, along with a Masters, both in an appropriate subject from a recognised academic institution. To apply please send a CV, a one page personal statement, and the names and addresses of at least two academic referees to Toby Maher by email on [email protected] Please note that candidates must fulfil College admissions criteria.

Application deadline: 7th February 2016 Website: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/t.maher

Funding Notes

The studentship is funded by a grant from the British Lung Foundation and provides a 3 years tax free bursary of £17,500 per annum. Tuition fees at the Home/EU rate will also be paid.

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