Fully funded MRC CASE studentship available in UK

Rapid, automated insecticide resistance detection in mosquito larvae

The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and CeBioscience Ltd (University College London) are pleased to announce an MRC CASE Studentship beginning in the academic year 2017-18. This studentship is an excellent opportunity for an exceptional candidate to join our internationally recognised centres of excellence for leading cutting edge multidisciplinary research.

The project involves the development of new tools to examine, monitor and overcome insecticide resistance in mosquito vectors of disease. The project will combine state of the art genome modification techniques to characterise insecticide resistance markers, with the expansion of a camera-based method for generating fast, automated mosquito larval behavioural phenotyping capable of screening compound libraries and having field-based application.

The selected student will be trained in the latest genetic modification techniques, including CRISPR/Cas9, that will expedite the analysis of physiology and behaviour. In addition the student will develop strategic skills in algorithm development and statistical analysis of large, complex datasets. He/she will be exposed to environments of molecular genetics, imaging (including automated phenotyping), resistance biology and chemistry, and translational technology from academic and commercial perspectives.

The deadline for applications is June 23rd with interviews scheduled for the first week of July 2017.
Gareth Lycett gareth.lycett@lstmed.ac.uk
Candidates should apply to the above named supervisor enclosing a CV and a letter of motivation before the 23rd June 2017.

Funding Notes
The MRC CASE studentship is open to international candidates, but preference is given to those meeting the normal MRC requirements of residency. (In brief, to be eligible for a full award a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship). The candidate must start the PhD in Sept/Oct 2017. In this instance, full stipend is provided to all candidates, but non-EU applicants need to fund the difference between EU and overseas PhD programme fees.


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