PhD Studentship: We are accepting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship available for start in the autumn of 2017. We are looking for an enthusiastic and ambitious candidate to study the role of regulatory RNAs in the ageing muscle. In this project, we aim to identify and functionally characterize epigenetic modulators of healthy ageing, and particularly non-coding RNAs, and their modulation by diet. 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. This studentship is funded by the MRC/Arthritis Research UK Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA). Potential applicants are encouraged to contact us in the first instance for an informal discussion. The closing date for receipt of applications is June 4, 2017.
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 Ageing and Chronic Disease part of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at the University of Liverpool. Having recently moved to a new purpose-built research building (picture on the right), we have state-of-the-art facilities and equipment to support our research needs, including in cell and molecular biology, genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics. In the context of genetics and genomics, our group has made extensive use of 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. 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 extensive local collaborations. We also collaborate with many other UK institutions (Manchester, Birmingham, Cambridge, Oxford, Sheffield, Newcastle, Imperial, NHS, etc.) and with researchers in the US (inc. Harvard, MIT, USC and the Buck Institute), Israel, China, Singapore, India, Denmark, Sweden, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Canada, Russia 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.