IRELAND: 10 PhD positions available in Genomics Data Science

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for 10 full time, 4-year positions as an early stage researcher/PhD student in the INTEGRATE programme within the SFI Centre for Research Training (CRT) in Genomics Data Science at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

This position is funded by the European Union Marie Sklodowska Curie Action programme (H2020-MSCA-COFUND-2019-945385) and Science Foundation Ireland and is available from 01-09-2021 to contract end date of 30-08-2025.

INTEGRATE is a doctorate training programme within the CRT in Genomics Data Science. The INTEGRATE programme trains early stage researchers to specialise in integrative human genomics research by providing interdisciplinary training in (1) biomedical science (2) health research skills and methodologies and (3) genomics data science. The researchers trained in the programme will thus develop the knowledge and the ability to identify research questions that offer the greatest benefit to society and have all the skills to address these typically complex problems.

There are 10 PhD positions available for the 2021 cohort across the six participating Irish Universities: National University of Ireland, Galway; University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, Dublin City University and the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland.

Job Description:

The successful candidates will participate in a residential training programme in genomics data science during the first semester of the programme after which they will carry out research on the broad area of integrative genomics in the form of a structured PhD programme either within NUIG or a Genomics CRT partner academic institute (UCD, TCD, RCSI, UCC, DCU).

Main Duties:

  1. Complete the residential training programme between September 2021 – December 2021.

  2. Join a research group and supervisor of the candidate’s choice.

  3. Carry out the research project described in the research project and as determined by the project supervisor.

  4. Publish research results in peer-reviewed journals.

  5. Contribute to general laboratory tasks, lab management of the research group.

  6. Contribute to teaching activities of the hosting university as per their regulation for structured PhD.

  7. Meet the other requirements of the structured PhD programme the candidate joins, such as annual progress review, thesis submission, etc.

  8. Contribute to activities of the Genomics CRT and INTEGRATE Programmes, such as participating in the student forum, outreach activities, etc.


Essential Requirements:

Meet the H2020 MSCA eligibility criteria:

  • You must be an early stage researcher; meaning that at the call deadline (15th of January 2021) you must be within the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.

  • You must comply with the MSCA mobility rules whereby you should not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in Ireland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline.

  • You must have a 3rd level degree (B.Sc., equivalent of Honours 2.1 Irish degree or MSc.) in a relevant discipline, such as a biological science (genetics, biochemistry, biomedical science, molecular biology, immunology, etc.) or a data science (computer science, engineering, physics mathematics, statistics, bioinformatics, etc.). You should also have a strong aptitude for programming and data analysis.

  • You must have advanced level English language competency: You must demonstrate your ability to understand and express yourself in both written and spoken English at a sufficiently high level to be able to complete the training. English language competency can be demonstrated by certificates from International English language courses – see NUIG regulations at (http://www.nuigalway.ie/international-students/entry-requirements/ but note that the requirements at some of our partner institutions may differ slightly.

Desirable Requirements:

  • Have relevant research experience, such as undergraduate or masters research in the field of genomics, bioinformatics, statistics or programming.

  • Have a track record in academic achievements including extracurricular achievements, such as awards or prizes.

  • Have a strong motivation to pursue a PhD in genomics data science.

Salary: €18,660 plus €6,483.57 mobility allowance per annum. For applicants with a family, an additional monthly supplement will also be provided.

Deadline: 15 January 2021