A number of PhD positions are available in internationally recognised research programmes. Students with a BSc (Hons) or other research degree and a strong academic record are invited to apply for PhD study in the broad fields of biochemistry and genetics. Successful candidates will be supported through the University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship scheme (NZ$25,000 tax-free stipend per annum, plus tuition fees, for 3 years).

Applications will be handled in two stages. In Stage 1, applicants are required to provide the following:

  • Curriculum vitae, including the names of two academic referees.
  • Academic transcript (scholarships are highly competitive).
  • Indication of up to three projects from the list below for which you want to be considered, ranked in order of preference.
  • A half- to one-page statement describing why you wish to study for a PhD in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Otago, and outlining your broad area of research interest.

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Stage 1 applications must be submitted by email to [email protected]. Requests for further information should be directed to the same email address.

  • The closing date for applications is 31 March, 2015.
  • In Stage 2, shortlisted candidates will be contacted by prospective supervisors, and if successful, invited to make a fully supported application for admission through formal University channels.

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The PhD project 'Prediction of Candidate genes for Traits using interoperable genome annotations and literature' aims at solving important questions in crop species: which gene (networks) are candidate for traits of interest and should be introgressed to breed improved cultivars by incorporating knowledge from previous QTL studies, available in literature, with annotations from de novo assembled genomes.
In this project, the goal is to develop statistical, genetic and bioinformatic tools for extracting breeding information from literature, utilizing computational (semantic web) approaches to combine this information with knowledge from other resources, further develop the correct ontologies to do so, and reasoning (knowledge discovery) to prioritize likely candidate gene (networks). Can we devise strategies which lead to faster discovery of candidate genes for traits of interest to plant breeders?

Student life at Wageningen University

  • You will work in close cooperation with other PhD students and researchers involved in related (national) projects on the development of data integration approaches. The project team includes an eScience engineer of the NWO eSience center. You will be in regular contact with plant breeding companies, who are members of the 'Virtual lab for Plant Breeding' foundation.


An ambitious PhD student with an MSc Degree in Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Statistics, Biotechnology, Biology or Plant Sciences. The candidate is highly motivated to develop a scientific career and is able to perform independent research, but values collaboration with other PhD students and researchers. The candidate is fluent in English and has excellent communication, scientific writing and presentation skills. For this position, the candidate should in particular demonstrate:

  1. appropriate knowledge of genetics, genomics, bioinformatics and statistics
  2. to be able to work in a highly multi-disciplinary team
  3. a good understanding of semantic web technologies and data interoperability
  4. proficiency in the bioinformatics analysis, interpretation and scientific visualization of large data sets
  5. proven proficiency in programming (preferably with Python and Java)
  6. knowledge of and experience with statistics software®

Terms of employment

  • We offer the research environment of a dynamic group with a strong international profile and large numbers of PhD students; a state-of-the art computational infrastructure; close collaboration with the NWO eScience center and with other PhD students, researchers and plant breeding companies involved in analysis of genomics and genetics data; and the possibility to further develop your scientific education with courses, training, conferences. There will be opportunities to be involved in teaching at workshops or courses.
  • The position is full-time (38 hours/week), initially for 1 year after which a go/no-go decision will be taken on extension with another three years. The gross salary in the first year is € 2125,- per month rising to € 2717,- in the fourth year for a full-time appointment.


Dr. Richard Finkers or Prof. Dr. Richard GF Visser, Wageningen UR Plant Breeding, Wageningen University & Research Centre, tel:+31 317 484164, email: [email protected]

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CiM-IMPRS is a joint graduate program formed by the merger of theInternational Max Planck Research School IMPRS-MBM and the CiM Graduate School of the "Cells in Motion" Cluster of Excellence at the University of Münster. The program is jointly run by the University of Münster and the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Biomedicine. The program is a continuation and extension of the former CEDAD-IMPRS program.The Ph.D. program offers excellent research and teaching in Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences with a strong emphasis on Imaging. The program isopen to graduates of the biological sciences, chemistry, mathematics, computer sciences and physics.

Cells in Motion

Application Schedule 2015

Application period 10 February - 15 April 2015
Selection for interviews 28 April 2015
Interviews  21-25 June 2015
Decision  29 June 2015
Commencement of fellowship 1 October 2015


  • Applicants must hold a Master's degree, or equivalent (e.g. German Diploma), in life or natural sciences(e.g. biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, physics, chemistry, pharmacy or related fields), in mathematics or computer sciences. Applicants with a state examination in pharmacy can be admitted to work on pharmaceutical/chemical projects. The date of award of the Master's (diploma, state examination) degree must not be more than 4 years ago (i.e. 4 years before the above-mentioned application deadline).
  • Applications are also welcome if the required degree has not yet been awarded by the time of application. However, it has to be awarded before fellowships commence in October.
  • Applicants who are not native speakers of English should demonstrate an adequate competence of the English language by one of the following options: 1) acceptable results in an internationally recognized test (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS) or 2) proven higher education in English or 3) reasonably long stay in an English speaking country or 4) simply demonstrating your English language abilities during presentations and interviews in Münster. Please note: Although an English proficiency test (TOEFL, IELTS) is not required it is very important that you CAN communicate well enough in spoken and written English.
  • Students from Münster are also welcome to apply. Please note: Students that are already working in a laboratory of a CiM-IMPRS member (see list of members on this page under "Faculty") are eligible for a fellowship only if they will join a different CiM-IMPRS lab for their PhD. If you have questions concerning this rule please contact by e-mail.

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Applications for the October 2015 intake are accepted from 2nd December 2014 until 1st April 2015!

To apply for the PhD programs at Hannover Biomedical Research School you first have to register. After registration you will receive an email including your activation hyperlink. By clicking on this hyperlink, you will confirm your registration and you will be able to logon to is external). Please note: if you had already applied to HBRS in previous years, you need to create a new login/register new (new email, login, password)!

Medizinische Hochschule Hannover

Follow the instructions during the application process and submit your application after you filled in all required fields. Please be aware, that you won't be able to edit your application after submission.

  • As a part of the application you will have to choose two referees who will write a letter of recommendation on your behalf. Please ensure that the email of your referee is correct. The system will send a link and login to your referee, so that he/she will be able to directly fill in and upload the evaluation form to your application. You can submit your application even though references are not there yet. accept the evaluations till April 11th.

For detailed information about graduate school, programs, admission etc., please visit homepage:


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Project description

Childhood deafness is among the most common birth defects, while age-related hearing loss affects more that 50% of people over 70. Many forms of deafness are associated with loss of hair cells, the sensory cells responsible for transforming sound information into electrical signals, which are then relayed to the brain. In mammals, including humans, once damaged hair cells cannot regenerate, except for a short period after birth from so-called supporting cells. This projects explores why supporting cells lose their regenerative potential over time.

  • In particular, we will explore the epigenetic changes during this process, and how we can use this knowledge to design new strategies to promote hair cell regeneration. The student will be trained in modern molecular approaches like RNA-seq, ChIP-seq and data analysis as well as animal model systems to study hair cell regeneration. In addition to project specific training, lecture-based and problem solving courses are available, as well as many other training opportunities. The student will benefit from two supervisors with complementary expertise in ear formation and systems biology respectively. S/he will join an international team of researchers, have the opportunity to collaborate with different research groups and to present data international conferences. The successful candidate is enthusiastic about science, interested in regenerative and developmental biology, has a good understanding of molecular biology and a keen interest in bioinformatics, and enjoys working in a team.

King's College London: a day in the life


  • This studentship is open to Home/EU candidates only. 


  • Funding is available for three years at a stipend rate of £17,000. The project is extendable into a fourth year.

Application details

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General description:
Research will be conducted under the direct supervision of
Dr. Thomas Wilkinson and Professor Samuel K. Sheppard, and based in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the College of Medicine of Swansea University (United Kingdom). The successful student will join a team of multi-disciplinary scientists working in the MRC Cloud Infrastructure for Microbial Bioinformatics (CLIMB) Centre and the BBSRC-funded medical mass spectrometry team.

Swansea University: Where bright futures begin

Project details:

  • Early and rapid detection of infection is a major goal of Clinical Microbiology. In particular an ability to differentiate between sepsis and other non-infectious causes of systemic inflammation such as Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS) is particularly pertinent as it will determine antibiotic administration. Recently, we and others have identified 25-hydroxycholesterol as an important inflammatory mediator regulating the production of pro-inflammatory IL-1 driven responses. To date these studies have linked inflammation with the antiviral interferon response. In this context less is known about 25-hydroxycholesterol and bacterial infection. This project will investigate whether major bacterial pathogens, including Staphylococcus aureus, Campylobacter and Escherichia coli generate unique metabolic signatures of 25-hydroxycholesterol and its degradation products. We will use the whole genome data of over 5,000 bacterial isolates organised in our online databases to select the major disease causing clones for host / pathogen whole blood modelling prior to Mass Spectrometry analysis of isolated sera.

The project will focus on two major areas of host pathogen interactions:

  • the cellular response of the organism and host;
  • the population genomics of microbes so that host responses specific to a species or evolutionary conserved lineages of pathogens can be identified.


  • Enthusiasm and practical experience in immunology, microbiology, molecular techniques and computer-based genetic analysis is necessary but training and support will be provided to strengthen these areas. The successful candidate will be highly motivated, creative, independent and have a good degree in immunology, molecular biology, microbiology, bioinformatics, genetics or ecology (BSc or MSc, 2:1 or 1st only). Previous experience in a molecular biology/immunology laboratory or in bioinformatics research is also strongly desirable. Good English writing and oral skills are essential.


The duration of the studentship is 3 years (2015-2018).

  • The position is open until filled, but a preferred deadline for application is 31st July 2015, to allow for registration to start in the Fall semester.
  • The position is fully open for UK and EU students.
  • Salary will be commensurate with regular UK postgraduate stipends, i.e. £13,863/year (~€18,425/year), tax-free.
  • Tuition fees are fully covered by the studentship.
  • Students will also have opportunities to attend national and international conferences during their candidature and a chance to compete for internal College of Medicine travel bursaries.


Please contact us via [email protected] for applications (please attach CV and describe motivation).

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