Bioinformatician: A bioinformatician position is available to employ computational biology approaches to study ageing and longevity. We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious applicant to develop and apply sophisticated data-mining methods and computational models at the interface of biology, mathematics and computer science. Areas of interest include (but are not limited to) systems biology, functional genomics, network analysis, and genome evolution. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact us in the first instance for an informal discussion. Details on how to apply are available online. The closing date for receipt of applications is June 14, 2013.
PhD Studentship: We are accepting applications for a PhD studentship on systems biology of the ageing immune system available for start in the autumn of 2013. The project aims to perform analyses and develop models of the ageing immune system that advance our knowledge regarding immunosenescence and factors, including genetic factors, contributing to it. We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious student to analyse clinical, immunological and genetic data from an elderly population and identify which factors play an role in lifespan and healthspan as well as identify candidate biomarkers of immunological ageing. The exact direction of this project, however, will be adapted to fit the research interests of the student. This is a collaborative 4-year project with Dr Anis Larbi at A*STAR in Singapore. The PhD student will be expected to work roughly half the time of the project in Liverpool and half the time in Singapore. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact us in the first instance for an informal discussion.
Funding notes: This studentship is only available to EU citizens. Non-EU 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, etc.) and we will be glad to help you with the application process. Please make sure, however, you contact us several months before the anticipated start date to make the necessary arrangements. For prospective postgraduate students, further information is available in the Postgraduate Handbook.
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 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.