The aim of the studentship project is to utilise DNA sequencing technology to identify novel, large-effect genetic susceptibility variants for invasive pneumococcal disease in African and European populations.
The studentship is specifically intended to train a Kenyan national with the long-term aim of enhancing research capacity in Kenya.
The DPhil studentship will be based in Professor Adrian Hill’s laboratory at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics in Oxford, UK.
The Centre is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for genomics research with state-of-the-art facilities.
Professor Hill’s group has significant experience in the study of human genetic susceptibility to bacterial respiratory disease, including the use of genome-wide association studies to identify susceptibility loci for bacterial disease.
The DPhil is funded by the Medical Research Council UK and the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford.
The project will be supervised by Dr Stephen Chapman in Oxford and Professor Anthony Scott in Kilifi, and will offer in-depth research training in molecular biology and human genetics, including laboratory techniques for high-throughput sequencing and the use of novel bioinformatic and statistical approaches.
Funding is available from January 2012 for three years, and it is anticipated that the student will spend 2.5 years of the 3 year DPhil in Oxford, with the remaining time in Kenya.
Living allowance and Oxford university and college fees will be provided, and funding will also be available for travel between Kenya and Oxford once per year for three years.
The successful applicant will be encouraged to present their research findings at international conferences and funding is available to support this.
Applicants should have, or expect to have, a degree in molecular biology, human genetics, immunogenetics or a closely related field, with a minimum of a 2.1 class.
Applicants are also required to have a suitable English language qualification.
For more information and application materials, see: DPhil Studentship in Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford, UK