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PhD Studentship in Computational Biophysics x 2 (Fixed Term)


Two ERC-funded positions available for the CDT (MPhil + PhD) in Computational Methods for Materials Science (start in October 2019)

Dr. Rosana Collepardo wishes to appoint two CDT (MPhil + PhD) students to start in October 2019 and work on the projects: Physical determinants of genome nanostructure and liquid-liquid phase separation in the genome.

CDT in Computational Methods for Material Sciences. This is a very competitive four-year Doctoral Training Programme on Computational Methods that trains scientists in the use of existing modelling methods and also in the underlying computational and mathematical techniques (see https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/pcphpdcms). Candidates must be accepted to the competitive CDT program to be considered for this ERC-funded position. However, contacting Dr. Rosana Collepardo previous to application to the CDT is required.

Please refer to the Further Information document for full project details.

Preferred skills/knowledge. We seek enthusiastic PhD candidates to develop an exciting project exploring the link between epigenetic modifications and chromatin nanostructure. The student will be highly motivated, capable of independent thought and have excellent communication skills with the ability to work collaboratively. Ideally, the candidate will have a strong background in physics/biophysics and/or chemistry. A good knowledge of computer programing, biomolecular simulations, and/or high performance scientific computing is highly desirable.

Funding. These studentships are funded by an ERC Starting Grant to Dr. Rosana Collepardo and the EPSRC-CDT programme. Funding fully covers all University and College fees and, in addition, a standard stipend (~£14,130 per annum) is provided for the 4 years.

Eligibility. Applications are invited from recent graduates or final year undergraduates who hold or expect to gain a first/upper second class degree (or equivalent) and a Masters pass in physics, chemistry, quantitative biology, applied mathematics, or a closely related field, with a strong interest in biological systems.

Funding is restricted to home/EU nationals and eligible to live and work in UK. Overseas candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Collepardo to discuss funding opportunities.

Deadline. December 31st, 2018

Interview dates. Between January and February 2019.

How to apply. Please send your CV and a cover letter as attachments to Dr Rosana Collepardo at rc597@cam.ac.uk. Your CV should include the names and contact details of two academic referees who have agreed to act on your behalf. Your cover letter should highlight your relevant abilities and experience, explain why you are suitable for the role, and how you learned of the studentship.

The successful candidate will be expected to meet the graduate admissions entrance requirements of the University of Cambridge and formally apply for admission at https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/entry-requirements

It is important that when submitting the formal application, in parallel Dr. Rosana Collepardo is also notified of the submissions through an email to rc597@cam.ac.uk.Please quote reference KA17299 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Please note that if you wish to be considered for other University of Cambridge funding competitions then you must submit your application form by the following deadlines to be considered: https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/funding

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