National Heart & Lung Institute (NHLI)

Current Studentships

3 or 4-year MRes/PhD Studentships 2014

National Heart and Lung Institute Foundation

Applications are invited for two 4-year MRes/PhD studentships at the National Heart and Lung Institute, funded by the National Heart and Lung Institute Foundation (Charity 1048073) to start in October 2014. The studentships will be funded for 4 years, on a starting bursary of £17,500 per annum and tuition fees at the Home/EU rate. There is no provision for overseas student fees.

FlasksThe NHLI Foundation’s interest is in all aspects of heart, lung and cardiovascular disease and projects offered involve a variety of disciplines including bioengineering, cell biology, chemistry, epidemiology, genetics, immunology, molecular biology, pharmacology, physics, physiology and public health.

NHLI Foundation research studentships enable graduates with excellent honours degrees to undertake a three to four year training programme that includes a research project plus training in research methods and transferable key skills.

Students would be expected to register for the MRes in Biomedical Research, Respiratory and Cardiovascular Science stream (yr 1) in the first instance. Successful completion of the MRes degree is followed by PhD studies (yrs 2-4), on the NHLI Foundation research project of their choice. Applicants with a relevant Masters degree may be exempt from year one of the programme.

NHLI and Imperial College London provide excellent opportunities for postgraduate research student training including research seminars, journal clubs and an exciting collaborative environment. All students will belong to the Graduate School which provides a comprehensive Transferable Skills LabsProgramme and has received the Times Higher Award for Outstanding Support for Early Careers Researchers in 2006 and 2008.

How to Apply

Applicants must hold, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second-class honours degree or UK equivalent in their undergraduate degree, in an appropriate subject from a recognised academic institution. To apply please send a CV, a one page personal statement, and the names and addresses of at least two academic referees to Dr Emma Watson, e.watson@imperial.ac.uk. Please note that candidates must fulfil College admissions criteria.

Application deadline: 22 August 2014, 10am

Website: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/nhli

Committed to equality and valuing diversity. NHLI is also an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner and Imperial a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

Integrated Bayesian approach to investigate genetic pathways in lung disease

3yr NHLI Foundation PhD studentship commencing in October 2014

Applications are invited from candidates with a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in statistics or a related discipline, for a 3 year PhD studentship to develop novel approaches for investigating the genetic pathways that lead to lung disease using cutting-edge statistical methods. The project would suit someone who is interested in applying statistical methods in medicine and does not require previous knowledge of lung disease or genetics.

The project will develop a hierarchical Bayesian model for genome-wide association data that incorporates prior biological knowledge at the level of the pathway, the gene and the individual variant (SNP). The approach will be applied to genetic data from large epidemiological studies on lung disease, providing the student with the opportunity of working within international networks. The student will work in close collaboration with a bioinformatician to develop a bioinformatic tool that retrieves information at the three levels from publicly available databases, and with two basic scientists expert in the genetics of lung disease to choose and interpret relevant biological knowledge. The project focuses on the investigation of genetic pathways to lung disease, but the approach that will be developed could be applied to any disease trait. As a final output, the project will produce a freely available, flexible and user-friendly tool which implements the approach developed in a way that can be used by researchers without specific knowledge in Bayesian statistics and bioinformatics.

The studentship will be funded for 3 years with a tax free bursary of £17,500 per annum. Tuition fees at the Home/EU rate will also be paid.

The student will work with Dr Cosetta Minelli in the group of Respiratory Epidemiology, Occupational Medicine and Public Health, led by Prof Peter Burney, at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London (Royal Brompton Campus), and in collaboration with Prof John Thompson from the Genetic Epidemiology group of the University of Leicester.

The National Heart and Lung Institute provides an exciting environment, with state of the art facilities and excellent opportunities for PhD student training including research seminars and journal clubs. In addition, the institute provides extensive collaborative opportunities with other research groups.

All students will belong to Imperial’s Graduate School which provides a comprehensive Professional Skills Programme and has received the Times Higher Award for Outstanding Support for Early Careers Researchers in 2006 and 2008.

How to Apply

Applicants must hold, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second-class undergraduate degree or UK equivalent, along with a Masters with Merit if applicable, both in an appropriate subject from a recognised academic institution. To apply please send a CV, a one page personal statement, and the names and addresses of at least two academic referees to Dr Cosetta Minelli by email on cosetta.minelli1@imperial.ac.uk (website: www.imperial.ac.uk/people/cosetta.minelli1).

For any further information do not hesitate to get in touch [Cosetta Minelli, Tel: +44 (0) 207 5947758]

Please note that candidates must fulfil the College admission criteria (www3.imperial.ac.uk/entryrequirements/graduate)

Application deadline: Wednesday 10 September 2014 (Interview: Friday 19 September)

Committed to equality and valuing diversity. NHLI is also an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner and Imperial a Stonewall Diversity Champion

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Committed to equality and valuing diversity.
We are also an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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Stonewall Diversity Champion