SFI-funded PhD studentships

SFI-funded PhD studentships available in Genomics/Computational Biology

BACKGROUND:

Two SFI-funded PhD studentships are available in the Seoighe research group. The hosting research group works on several aspects of genomics and molecular evolution, typically developing or applying models or methods to address biological questions of interest. Recent work has included development of methods to detect genetic variants affecting germline mutation rates from haplotype data, algorithms for the analysis of deep sequencing data from the T cell receptors and immunoglobulins and the development and application of methods and computational tools to disentangle the effects of cell type composition and gene expression variation in biological samples consisting of mixtures of different cell types. The group is located in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics at NUI Galway and is part of the Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Research Cluster (http://maths.nuigalway.ie/biocluster/).

This project involves the development and application of novel statistical and computational tools for the analysis of somatic mutation processes, including sources of variation across the genome and between individuals in populations. This position is likely to involve primarily computational/statistical method development and data analysis and would suit someone who has a strong background in Statistics/Data Science, Computer Science or Mathematics, among others. Applications are also very welcome from life scientists who have strong statistical or computer programming skills or aptitude.

Funding notes

This position is fully funded (including tuition fees). The bursary, to cover living expenses, is €18,500 per annum.

Closing date and application procedure

There are a number of PhD positions available on this project. The application deadline for the first fellowships to be allocated is 29 June. Applications received subsequent to this will be considered for the remaining fellowships. For enquiries please contact Cathal Seoighe (Cathal.Seoighe *a t* nuigalway.ie). Applications should include a CV, including academic results obtained to date, and a brief covering letter outlining reasons for interest in undertaking a PhD in this area.