Discovery of novel small RNAs from RNA-Sequencing data
Advances in DNA sequencing technology are revolutionising all areas of biology, biomedical and clinical research. Many millions of reads can be generated in a single experiment and in one type of analysis called RNA-Seq these represent all the genes being expressed in the cells or tissues of interest. The emphasis of research is now moving towards the computational analysis of these huge datasets, a field known as bioinformatics. The aim of this project is to analyse many RNA-Seq datasets to identify novel small RNA molecules. By characterising the types of cells in which they are expressed it will be possible to suggest their functions and predict whether they may act as biomarkers to indicate the progression of conditions such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. The successful student will have access to the University’s recently installed high performance computing cluster. The bioinformatics skills that will be developed are highly sought after and will be very beneficial for a subsequent career in academia or industry. In addition, there will be some opportunity for laboratory-based studies to confirm the expression patterns detected in silico, providing a broad range of experience.
Candidates should have or expect to obtain a 2:1 or higher Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant biomedical or life sciences subject.
Candidates applying from countries where the first language is not English should produce evidence of their competence through a qualification such as IELTS or TOEFL score.
The minimum recommended score for the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Science is:
• IELTS score of 6.0 with not less than 5.5 in each of the four component elements of listening, reading, speaking and writing taken within the last 2 years;
• TOEFL score of 80+ (internet basted test), taken within the last 2 years, with minimum component scores of; Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17);
• A valid Certificate of Proficiency in English grade A or B;
• A valid Certificate of Advanced English grade A; or
• A first or upper second class honours degree from a university based in the UK, Republic of Ireland or other suitably quality assured location in a country deemed by the UK Border Agency to be majority English speaking.
For a list of English Language qualifications also accepted by the School and University please see the following link:
The English Language Unit (ELU) offers both pre-sessional and in-sessional courses in English for academic purposes and study skills. Courses vary in length and full information can be obtained from the ELU http://www.qub.ac.uk/tefl/
DEL Research Studentships
Eligibility for both fees and maintenance (£14,057 for 2015/16, 2016/17 TBC) depends on the applicants being either an ordinary UK resident or those EU residents who have lived permanently in the UK for the 3 years immediately preceding the start of the studentship.
Non UK residents who hold EU residency may also apply but if successful may receive fees only.
For further details re eligibility criteria (including academic, citizenship and residency criteria) please click on the following link: http://www.delni.gov.uk/index/further-and-higher-education/higher-education/studentfinance/he-student-info-postgrad-finance.htm
Please visit the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, Centre for Experimental Medicine, website for further details about the Centre:
When applying, please choose 'MEDICINE' as your subject area/School.