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PhD Opportunities 2017

Two vacancies for 3​.5 year MRC funded PhD/DPhil Studentships starting October 2017

Closing date Friday 2nd June 2017 

The MRC Harwell Institute and the Oxford Big Data Institute (BDI), University of Oxford, are offering two PhD studentships funded for 3.5 years for collaborative projects between the two institutes. The students will benefit from being located at the BDI, while spending two days per week at the MRC Harwell Institute and will be jointly supervised by a supervisor from each institution. These collaborative studentships will offer potential to leverage some of the large multidimensional data analysis challenges that span both institutes and allow the extensive mouse functional datasets curated at the MRC Harwell Institute to be aligned to the large collection of population data at the BDI.

The MRC Harwell Institute is a world leader in large scale functional studies, including the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC) and is the NIH funded Data Coordination Centre for the IMPC, collecting and analysing data from 10 centres around the world. The BDI is a major international institute established to focus on the collection, integration and analysis of biomedical big data.

Students can select from the projects below and should outline in their covering letter their interest and experience relevant to their selected project(s):

  • Multivariate analysis of large scale mouse phenotyping data from the IMPC with the UK BioBank data to study the pleiotropic genotype-phenotype relationships 
  • Understanding the genetic determinants of mammalian behaviour through video capture and statistical machine learning analysis  
  • Cross Species Comparison of genome annotation datasets in the functional characterization of metabolic non-coding variation

Our doctoral training programme

The MRC Harwell Institute and Big Data institute offer first class opportunities for PhD students including a formal training programme. MRC Students will be registered with the University of Oxford. The studentship includes an annual stipend of £15,240 and University fees for students meeting the eligibility criteria below.  

Residence requirements

Residence requirements are detailed in the Research Council UK (RCUK) conditions of research council training grants as follows:

For purposes of residence requirements the UK includes the United Kingdom and Islands.

To be eligible for a full award (stipend and university fees) a student must have:

  • Settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay.
  • Been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for three years prior to the start of the studentship. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences).
  • Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education (this does not apply to UK or EU nationals).

More information

Entry requirements for 2017–2018 can be found at Entry requirements for 2017–18

How to Apply

To apply visit the MRC jobs website. Please note that as well as completing the online information you will need to include contact information for two referees, and upload your CV and a one-page covering letter outlining your interest in doing a PhD in Harwell.

Applications open 19 May 2017