PhD Studentships in Bioinformatics / Computational Biology, University College Cork, Ireland

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A 3-year Science Foundation Ireland PhD studentship is available from October 2009 to work on an internationally collaborative project between Dr Avril Coghlan in University College Cork, Ireland and Dr Richard Durbin at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Cambridge, U.K. The successful candidate will be based at University College Cork but will visit the Sanger Institute for meetings with collaborators.

The project involves the development of a novel bioinformatics approach for inferring the genotypes of individuals at microsatellite (simple repeat) loci, using data from new DNA sequencing technologies. The novel bioinformatics method will be applied to data from the 1000 Genomes Project, an international project which aims to sequence the whole genomes of 1000 humans from around the world. By inferring genotypes at microsatellite loci in 1000 human individuals, this PhD project aims to investigate important unanswered questions about microsatellite processes and evolution.

The PhD student will have his/her fees paid, and will receive a tax-free stipend of 18500 euro in year 1, 19500 euro in year 2 and 20500 euro in year 3.

The ideal candidate will have an honours B.Sc. or M.Sc. in bioinformatics, computational biology, or a related subject. Candidates with a background in genetics or a related biological subject with strong mathematical skills, or with a background in mathematics or computer science with a strong interest in biology, are also encouraged to apply.

To apply for this position please send a cover letter, copy of B.Sc transcript and your CV to Dr. Avril Coghlan by email to a.coghlan [at]

The closing date for applications is August 30 2009.

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.


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