Current postgraduate opportunities

  • A computational approach to study the IL-23 / IL-23 receptor axis in intestinal inflammation.

    Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD studentship funded by the Hull York Medical School at the University of York. The aim of the project is to develop new understanding of the immunology and the complex biological system of the intestinal tract using an integrated systems biology and computational modelling/simulation approach. Complex problems in biology are increasingly being supported by computational and mathematical approaches. In that vein, the proposed work will build on a recently developed agent-based model of experimental Helicobacter hepaticus-induced intestinal inflammation. IL-23 and the IL-23 receptor will be incorporated into the in silico model, biological in vivo data will be used for calibration, and the refined in silico model will be used to drive experiments, focusing on exploring the contribution to pathology of IL-23 receptor-positive T lymphocytes. This is an opportunity to engage in truly interdisciplinary work that cuts across engineering, computing and immunology, and to work with people from a wide variety of disciplines.

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    The successful applicant will join the Hull York Medical School and the Departments of Biology and Electronic Engineering at the University of York. Computational biology is a rapidly growing area of science, and York has a vibrant computational biology research student body, meaning the successful applicant will benefit from interactions with a wide variety of other research students.

    We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with an excellent background (first or high upper second class degree, or master’s degree) in computational biology, computer science, engineering, mathematics, or related discipline.  Good programming and analytical skills are essential, as is a strong interest in biological problems and biomedical research. Applicants must possess excellent oral and written communication skills in English, have good documentation skills, and be willing to take initiative. The studentship covers a stipend at the standard Research Council rate (£14,553 per annum for 2017/18) and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. If a successful candidate is not eligible to pay Home/EU fees, they will need to fund the difference in tuition fees between the prevailing Home/EU and Overseas fees.

     Informal enquires can be made directly to Dr Marika Kullberg ( or Prof Jon Timmis (

    Application deadline: 28th June 2017.  Start date: 1st October 2017.

    Applications must be submitted to the HYMS Postgraduate Centre via the online application method quoting the project title. and include a CV, two academic references, and a personal statement of your research interests (max 500 words) and why you are suited for this project.  In order for the panel to get a sense of your academic background, commitment and interest, you are required to complete the application form in full and provide a research proposal/outline of academic interest and personal statement.  Without them your application cannot be considered.  As per of the admissions process you are also require to provide the following:

    Curriculum Vitae

    Academic transcript showing qualifications


    Evidence of English language ability (for non-native speakers)

    If you have any queries on how to apply please email

    It is anticipated that interviews for the post will be held on Monday 17th July 2017.  Applicants who are shortlisted for interview will be sent details of the date, time and venue via email within approximately one week of the deadline. 

     Application deadline: 28th June 2017.  Start date: 1st October 2017.