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.

    For more information, see https://www.york.ac.uk/cii/news/phdstudentshipkullberglab/

    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 (marika.kullberg@york.ac.uk) or Prof Jon Timmis (jon.timmis@york.ac.uk).

    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. http://www.hyms.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/applying-for-postgraduate-study 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

    References

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

    If you have any queries on how to apply please email postgraduate@hyms.ac.uk

    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.

  • Variation in UK neovascular age-related macular degeneration outcomes.

    Project

    Significant variation in the visual acuity outcomes of treated neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nvAMD) have been documented internationally (Holz et al, 2015). A similar variation has been documented between different UK treatment centres (Liew et al, 2016). The Carter Report documents the significant burden that variation in clinical outcomes poses (Carter, June 2015).

    The purpose of this study is to describe the variation in outcomes of neovascular AMD in the UK and furthermore to interrogate the reasons for the variation.

    For informal inquiries, please contact - Mr Richard Gale, Consultant Medical Ophthalmologist, York, UK Richard.Gale@york.nhs.uk

    Location and Research Culture

    The student will join a dynamic research team based in Health Sciences at the University of York and the Department of Ophthalmology at York Teaching Hospital.

    The post includes 2 sessions of clinical work and approximately 1 in 6 on call

    This is a full time post for 24 months

    Named Academic

    Mr Richard Gale, Consultant Medical Ophthalmologist, York, UK.

    Funding – York Hospital

    The salary for the post will be £36,312 plus on call banding.

    Applicants are invited from the UK/ EU. Fees for the Programme of MD in Medical Sciences study will be paid for 24 months at the home/EU rate

    Continuation into the final 12 months is dependent upon a satisfactory progress review of the first 12 months.

    Start Date

    1st October 2017

    Qualification Required

    In order to qualify for this scholarship you will require an undergraduate degree in Medicine. Commitment to either Medical (including public health) care or (Medical) Ophthalmology care needs to be demonstrated.

    How to Apply

    All applications MUST BE submitted to the HYMS Postgraduate Centre via the online application method choosing MD in Medical Sciences – Oct 2017 start date: http://www.hyms.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/applying-for-postgraduate-study

    The deadline for applications is the 14th June 2017.

    Please quote HYMS with the scholarship title when applying. 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. Research proposals and personal statements may be used in selecting applicants for interview. If you have any queries on how to apply please email postgraduate@hyms.ac.uk.

    Please note that this is a student scholarship.  If you will be employed by HYMS (e.g. on a fixed or short term contract) for the duration of your study, you will not be eligible to receive the student scholarship as a member of HYMS staff.  You should contact Elaine Brookes in Postgraduate Admissions if you still wish to apply to discuss different options.

    Interview Date

    Applicants who are shortlisted for interview will be sent details of the date, time and venue via email within a week of the deadline. If you are not invited for the interview, it means that your application has not been successful. Please note that we do not offer feedback to applicants who are not invited to the interview.

    Interview Outcome

    As soon as reasonably practicable after the interviews have taken place HYMS will write to the successful applicant offering him/her the post. Upon receipt of formal written acceptance of the post we will write to notify unsuccessful candidates. Whilst we try to do this in as effective and efficient a manner as possible, sometimes the process can take rather longer than is ideal because of the need to recall candidates for a second interview and reconvene interview panels and/or due to routine disruptions caused by leave and other absences. We apologise for any delay and inconvenience caused in these circumstances.