PhD Studentship: We are accepting applications for an MRC-funded PhD studentship available for start in the autumn of 2016. We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious student to study and characterize new compounds with life-extending, health-preserving and neuroprotective effects that may be suitable for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. Our lab has recently identified several novel life-extending drugs. In this project, we aim to further study these compounds for lifespan and healthspan effects in worm models of neurodegenerative diseases. Furthermore, this is a collaborative project with researchers in Newcastle and Sheffield, and studies in mammalian cells will be performed to assay for potential effects relevant to humans. The exact direction of this project and methods to be used, however, will be adapted to fit the research interests and background of the student. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact us in the first instance for an informal discussion. The closing date for receipt of applications is January 22, 2016.
Funding notes: This studentship is only available to UK citizens and residents. Non-UK students interested in our group's work, however, are encouraged to contact us as it may be possible to apply for personal fellowships. Self-funded students are also invited to apply.
Support for Individual Fellowships
Informal inquiries from motivated and talented students and postdocs are always welcomed. Sometimes there are internal university schemes, in particular for PhD students, for which we may nominate high caliber applicants. Likewise, we are happy to support applications for external fellowships from students and postdocs with overlapping research interests to ours. There are several national and international schemes available with which we have experience (Commonwealth Scholarships, Marie Curie Actions, EMBO Fellowships, Erasmus Programme, Leonardo da Vinci Programme, BMBF in Germany, Canada's NSERC, Portugal's FCT, Brazil's Science without Borders, etc.) and we will be glad to help you with the application process. Please make sure, however, you contact us well before the anticipated start date so we can help you throughout the process.
Research Projects for Undergraduates and Interns
We have several projects available suitable for motivated undergraduates and other volunteers, including internships and summer research projects for those wishing to gain experience. In particular, we always appreciate help in developing our online databases. That said, projects can be experimental or computational and are tailored to the abilities and interests of each individual. Prospective students and interns are encouraged to consult our research areas and contact us to discuss possible common interests and ideas. For some computational and theoretical projects, students need not be physically close to us.
Working in Our Group
As detailed elsewhere, the goal of our lab is to develop innovative research on the biology of ageing, in particular in the context of large-scale -omics approaches. We use different methods combining experimental, theoretical, and computational approaches. Experimentally, we have extensive experience in mammalian cell biology, though we are not restricted to one model system and students may develop their own independent research projects. A multidisciplinary outlook and collaborations are encouraged.
We are located in the Institute of Integrative Biology, the largest single department at the University of Liverpool. Having recently moved to a new purpose-built research building (picture on the right), the Institute has state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to support all our research needs, including in cell and molecular biology, genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics. In fact, our group is located next to the high-throughput genomic analysis hub for the North of England.
The University of Liverpool is a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive UK universities and it boasts a unique combination of research expertise in biological, medical, and veterinary sciences. Several groups across campus study ageing and age-related diseases, and we have close links with the Institute for Ageing and Chronic Disease. Liverpool is a vibrant multicultural city in England's Northwest. We also have collaborations with many other UK labs and with researchers in the US, Israel, Denmark, The Netherlands, China, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Canada and Spain. Although traveling is not essential, it is therefore possible to acquire additional expertize in other labs.
Potential students, postdocs, collaborators, etc. are welcome to contact and/or visit us for informal discussions.