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Saturday, 1 November 2014

Bioinformatician @ Horizon Discovery,Cambridge, UK

Horizon Discovery, a leading provider of translational genomics research tools to support the development of personalized medicines, is searching for a Bioinformatics Officer to provide bioinformatic support including data modelling and statistical analysis. The post holder will perform analyses and interpretation on large data sets, using publicly available packages and commercial software.
You will coordinate the company’s core genome database, developing an in-house genome-browser and integrating NGS data generated internally and externally. You will be involved in the realisation of new product ideas and work to help design and develop early concepts of future products and services. You will work as part of an interactive research team and help to shape the company’s future.

Horizon Discovery: Why I Chose Horizon

Key responsibilities:

  • Develop methods from NGS data analysis.
  • Perform statistical analysis.
  • Create and maintain the company’s core genome database.
  • Curate and integration of data from different databases and platforms.
  • Prepares clear technical reports, publications and oral presentations. Communicate results in the form of reports and or presentations to Team and Divisional meetings.
  • Collaboration with other teams within Horizon Discovery, and internationally.
  • Any other duties, which may be required which are consistent with the nature and grade of the post.

Position requirements:

  • PhD degree educated or equivalent experience in a relevant subject.
  • Post-graduate qualification in bioinformatics, system biology, statistics or equivalent knowledge obtained through relevant and substantial experience.
  • Data manipulation in a bioinformatics environment (e.g. Bioconductor, R, etc.) and experience with NGS data      manipulation
  • Scripting experience in Python, R, C++ e.g. for NGS data analyses.
  • Data integration approaches.
  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail.
  • Must work well in fast paced team environment.
We can offer a varied and interesting working environment and as a growing company we are focused on recognition and empowerment of our employees.  We are committed to high quality science to meet our client and growth needs.  In addition to competitive salaries we can offer an attractive flexible benefits package.
To apply, please send a CV and covering letter (together with your current salary and Job reference number) to

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School of Life Sciences PhD scholarships

The School of Life Sciences is of the largest Academic School in the University with a Faculty of over 70, and nearly 200 Research Fellows and Technicians, an annual research income of >£13 million and an annual turnover exceeding £27 million.
Nearly 350 undergraduate and postgraduate students (including ~50 PhDs) are admitted each year onto a broad range of degree courses in biological, biomedical and chemical sciences. The original School of Biological Sciences (BIOLS) founded by John Maynard Smith FRS trained some of the world’s leading biologists and biomedical scientists, and was a beacon of innovation and creativity in its integrated approach to research and teaching.

University of Sussex: fees and funding

School of Life Sciences PhD scholarships

These are fully-funded PhD scholarships (September 2015 start).

The School of Life Sciences, incorporating the Genome Damage and Stability Centre, invites applications for fully funded PhD projects in five major research areas.

The research projects being offered by each subject group are as follows:


Evolution, Behaviour and Environment (Biology and Environmental Science)


Biochemistry and Biomedicine

Genome Damage and Stability

Please click on the project titles of the studentships for more information and the application process. Formal applications should be made using our online application system at
  • These studentships are open to UK and EU applicants.
  • Project enquiries should be sent to project supervisors.
Application enquiries should be sent to Dr Deeptima Massey (
Deadline to receive online applications is Sunday 30 November 2014

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Friday, 31 October 2014

Bioinformatics Jobs(India)

The National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology (NRCPB), established in 1985 by Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), is a premier institute engaged in research of national importance in the field of plant and agricultural biotechnology. Since its inception, NRCPB has progressed significantly focussing the efforts on major thrust areas such as genetic engineering for biotic resistance, exploitation of heterosis for enhancement of crop productivity, molecular breeding to unlock the genetic potential from diverse germplasm and integrate in cultivated crop varieties, various crop and microbe genome sequencing projects to the latest OMICS high throughput techniques which provide accessibility to engineer at several levels from genome to metabolome. The Centre kept pace with newer technologies through acquisition of technical skills and equipping with infrastructure to transform as state-of-the-art research centre.


Eligible candidates may appear in Walk-in-interview for the post of Senior Research Fellow in DBT Funded Project entitled ‘Identification and Characterization of peptides in selected wheat cultivars which are less immunogenic to patients with Celiac disease’
S. No. Post Essential qualification Emoluments
1 Senior
M.Sc. in basic sciences with/without NET-LS and
two years research experience in use of
biochemical/molecular techniques
M.Sc. in basic sciences with NET-JRF qualified
and two years research experience in use of
biochemical/molecular techniques/ bioinformatics

Rs 14000+30%HRA

Rs 18000+30% HRA

Terms & Conditions

(i) Age limit: Not more than 35 years on the date of interview, Age relaxation of five years for SC/ST/PH & women and three years for OBC
(ii) The posts are purely temporary and in nature and is co-terminus with the project(Currently till 22st August 2015, which may get extended). The candidate shall not claim regular appointment at this Institute, as the post is co-terminus with the project.
(iii) The interview of eligible candidates will be held on 5th November, 2014.
(iv) Interested candidates should report at 9.30 AM at the lecture Hall, NRCPB, Lal Bahadur Shastri Building, Pusa campus, New Delhi 110012.
(v) The candidates will have to bring four copies of bio-data, and publications, original certificates, self-attested photocopies of all the required certificates from matriculation onwards and copy of recent passport size photograph. The originals are essentially to be brought while attending the interview, failing which candidate will not be allowed to attend the interview. Documents such as dissertation report/thesis etc. should be presented to Board.
(vi) Only the candidates having essential qualifications would be entertained for the interview.
(vii) No TA/DA will be paid for attending the interview.
(viii) Concealing of facts or canvassing in any form shall lead to disqualification or termination.
(ix) The candidates are required to submit the application at the time of interview in the format annexed along with a declaration. The candidate intending to appear for interview, if any of his near or distant relative is an employee of the ICAR/IARI, has to declare his/her name, designation, nature of duties, relationship in writing in advance so as to reach AO, Division of Genetics. All the other candidates are also required compulsorily to furnish the declaration duly signed in the format annexed and submit on the date of interview.

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#2:Senior Research Fellow @ IARI, New Delhi

The Head, Division of Genetics, IARI, New Delhi intends to recruit one post of Senior Research Fellow in the DBT funded project on “Characterization of peptides in selected wheat cultivars which are less immunogenic to patients with celiac disease”. The details of the position are given below:
S. No. Post Essential qualification Emoluments
1 Senior Research Fellow
MSc in basic sciences and two years research
experience in use of biochemical/molecular
techniques/ bioinformatics             Or
B Tech (Biotech) with GATE or equivalent
qualification and two years research experience
in use of biochemical/molecular techniques/
bioinformatics             Or
MSc in basic sciences with NET-JRF qualified and two years research experience in use of
biochemical/molecular techniques/
Rs 14000+30%HRA

Rs 18000+30% HRA

Rs 18000+30% HRA

Terms & Conditions

(i) Age limit: Not more than 35 years on the date of interview, Age relaxation of five years for SC/ST/PH & women and three years for OBC
(ii) The posts are purely temporary and will be filled on contractual basis initially for a period of three months, which may be extended periodically subjected to performance till the termination of the project which is one year. The candidate shall not claim regular appointment at this Institute, as the post is co-terminus with the project.
(iii) The interview of eligible candidates will be held on 15th November, 2014.
(iv) Interested candidates should report at 9.30 AM in Seminar Hall, Division of Genetics, IARI, New Delhi 110012.

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#3:Assistant Professor @ BODOLAND UNIVERSITY

  • Applications are invited from the Eligible Candidates for the following Teaching Posts of Bodoland University.
Sl. No. Department Name of the Post No. of Post Category Specialization
1 Biotechnology Assistant Professor 1 Un-reserved Preferably Immunology/ Bioinformatics
  • Details of Qualification and Experience for Assistant Professor :

(I) Good academic record with at least 55% marks (or an equivalent grade in a point scale wherever grading system is followed) with required specialization at Master’s Degree level in a relevant subject from an Indian University, or an equivalent degree from an accredited foreign university.
(II) Besides fulfilling the above qualifications, the candidate must have cleared the National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by the UGC, CSIR or similar test accredited by the UGC like SLET/SET.
(III) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-clauses (i) and (ii) of above, candidates who are, or have been awarded a Ph.D. Degree in accordance with the University Grants Commission (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of Ph.D. Degree) Regulations, 2009, shall be exempted from the requirement of the minimum eligibility condition of NET/SLET/SET for recruitment and appointment as Assistant Professor or equivalent positions in Universities/Colleges/Institutions.
(IV) NET/SLET/SET shall also not be required for such Masters programmes in disciplines for which NET/SLET/SET is not conducted.
  • Pay Band and Academic Grade Pay :Assistant Professor – PB 3 Rs. 15,600 – 39,100 & AGP – Rs. 6,000
  • Application Form : Prescribed Application form, the details of qualifications and others are available in the University Website :
  • Application Fee: Candidates will be required to pay an amount of Rs. 1,000.00 (in case of ST/SC Rs. 500.00) as an application fee for the post by Demand Draft in favour of The Registrar, Bodoland University payable at SBI, North Kokrajhar Branch (Code – 7379), Kokrajhar.
  • Age: For Assistant Professor: Not below 18 years and above 38 years of age as on 1st October, 2014 (upper Age is relaxable by 5 years for ST/SC candidates) and in case of proper channel candidate- age bar is not applicable.
  • Last Date: Completed application in the prescribed form along with all necessary enclosures and testimonials must reach: The Registrar, Bodoland University, P.O. Rangalikhata (Debargaon), Dist. Kokrajhar (Assam), PIN-783370, latest by 14-11-2014 up to 3.00 P.M. Those who are willing to apply for more than one post, they must submit separate application form with separate application fees. The name of the post and department must be written on the envelope of the application.
  • In all cases, three copies of application forms alongwith all testimonials need to be submitted in a single envelope.

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Thursday, 30 October 2014

The most cited Bioinformatics papers of all time

The discovery of high-temperature superconductors, the determination of DNA’s double-helix structure, the first observations that the expansion of the Universe is accelerating — all of these breakthroughs won Nobel prizes and international acclaim. Yet none of the papers that announced them comes anywhere close to ranking among the 100 most highly cited papers of all time.
Citations, in which one paper refers to earlier works, are the standard means by which authors acknowledge the source of their methods, ideas and findings, and are often used as a rough measure of a paper’s importance.
  • Fifty years ago, Eugene Garfield published the Science Citation Index (SCI), the first systematic effort to track citations in the scientific literature. To mark the anniversary, Nature asked Thomson Reuters, which now owns the SCI, to list the 100 most highly cited papers of all time. (See the full list at Web of Science Top 100.xls or the interactive graphic, below.) The search covered all of Thomson Reuter’s Web of Science, an online version of the SCI that also includes databases covering the social sciences, arts and humanities, conference proceedings and some books. It lists papers published from 1900 to the present day.

The paper mountain


  • The rapid expansion of genetic sequencing since Sanger’s contribution has helped to boost the ranking of papers describing ways to analyse the sequences. A prime example is BLAST (Basic Local Alignment Search Tool), which for two decades has been a household name for biologists wanting to work out what genes and proteins do. Users simply have to open the program in a web browser and plug in a DNA, RNA or protein sequence. Within seconds, they will be shown related sequences from thousands of organisms — along with information about the function of those sequences and even links to relevant literature. So popular is BLAST that versions8, 9 of the program feature twice on the list, at spots 12 and 14.
But owing to the vagaries of citation habits, BLAST has been bumped down the list by Clustal, a complementary programme for aligning multiple sequences at once. Clustal allows researchers to describe the evolutionary relationships between sequences from different organisms, to find matches among seemingly unrelated sequences and to predict how a change at a specific point in a gene or protein might affect its function. A 1994 paper10 describing ClustalW, a user-friendly version of the software, is currently number 10 on the list. A 1997 paper11on a later version called ClustalX is number 28.
  • The team that developed ClustalW, at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, had created the program to work on a personal computer, rather than a mainframe. But the software was transformed when Julie Thompson, a computer scientist from the private sector, joined the lab in 1991. “It was a program written by biologists; I’m trying to find a nice way to say that,” says Thompson, who is now at the Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology in Strasbourg, France. Thompson rewrote the program to ready it for the volume and complexity of the genome data being generated at the time, while also making it easier to use.
The teams behind BLAST and Clustal are competitive about the ranking of their papers. It is a friendly sort of competition, however, says Des Higgins, a biologist at University College Dublin, and a member of the Clustal team. “BLAST was a game-changer, and they’ve earned every citation that they get.”
  • Here Nature tours some of the key methods that tens of thousands of citations have hoisted to the top of science’s Kilimanjaro — essential, but rarely thrust into the limelight.

The most cited bioinformatics papers of all time:

Rank: 10 Citations: 40,289
Clustal W:
improving the sensitivity of progressive multiple sequence alignment through sequence weighting, position-specific gap penalties and weight matrix choice.
Thompson, J. D., Higgins, D. G. & Gibson, T. J
Nucleic Acids Res. 22, 4673–4680 (1994).
Rank: 12 Citations: 38,380
Basic local alignment search tool.
Altschul, S. F., Gish, W., Miller, W., Myers, E. W. & Lipman, D. J.
J. Mol. Biol. 215, 403–410 (1990).
Rank: 14 Citations: 36,410
Gapped BLAST and PSI-BLAST: A new generation of protein database search programs.
Altschul, S. F. et al.
Nucleic Acids Res. 25, 3389–3402 (1997).
Rank: 20 Citations: 30,176
The neighbor-joining method: A new method for reconstructing phylogenetic trees.
Saitou, N. & Nei, M.
Mol. Biol. Evol. 4, 406–425 (1987).
Rank: 28 Citations: 24,098
The CLUSTAL_X Windows interface: Flexible strategies for multiple sequence alignment aided by quality analysis tools.
Thompson, J. D., Gibson, T. J., Plewniak, F., Jeanmougin, F. & Higgins, D. G.
Nucleic Acids Res. 25, 4876–4882 (1997).
Rank: 41 Citations: 21,373
Confidence limits on phylogenies: an approach using the bootstrap
Felsenstein, J.
Evolution 39, 783–791 (1985).
Rank: 45 Citations: 18,286
Molecular Evolutionary Genetics Analysis (MEGA) software version 4.0. Tamura, K., Dudley, J., Nei, M. & Kumar, S.
Mol. Biol. Evol. 24, 1596–1599 (2007).
Rank: 57 Citations: 15,993
Maximum likelihood from incomplete data via EM algorithm.
Dempster, A. P., Laird, N. M. & Rubin, D. B.
J. R. Stat. Soc., B 39, 1–38 (1977).
Rank: 71 Citations: 14,462
a program to check the stereochemical quality of protein structures. Laskowski, R. A., MacArthur, M. W., Moss, D. S. & Thornton, J. M.
J. Appl. Crystallogr. 26, 283–291 (1993).
Rank: 76 Citations: 14,099
Testing the model of DNA. Posada, D. & Crandall, K. A.
Bioinformatics 14, 817–818 (1998).
Rank: 82 Citations: 13,496
a program to produce both detailed and schematic plots of protein structures. Kraulis, P. J.
J. Appl. Crystallogr. 24, 946–950 (1991).


George Sheldrick, a chemist at the University of Göttingen in Germany, began to write software to help solve crystal structures in the 1970s. In those days, he says, “you couldn’t get grant money for that kind of project. My job was to teach chemistry, and I wrote the programs as a hobby in my spare time.” But over 40 years, his work gave rise to the regularly updated SHELX suite of computer programs, which has become one of the most popular tools for analysing the scattering patterns of X-rays that are shot through a crystal — thereby revealing the atomic structure.
  • The extent of that popularity became apparent after 2008, when Sheldrick published a review paper24 about the history of the system, and noted that it might serve as a general literature citation whenever any of the SHELX programs were used. Readers followed his advice. In the past 6 years, that review paper has amassed almost 38,000 citations, catapulting it to number 13 and making it the highest-ranked paper published in the past two decades.
  • The top-100 list is scattered with other tools essential to crystallography and structural biology. These include papers describing the HKL suite25 (number 23) for analysing X-ray diffraction data; the PROCHECK programs26 (number 71) used to analyse whether a proposed protein structure seems geometrically normal or outlandish; and two programs27, 28 used to sketch molecular structures (numbers 82 and 95). These tools are the “bricks and mortar” for determining crystal structures, says Philip Bourne, associate director for data science at the US National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
  • An unusual entry, appearing at number 22, is a 1976 paper29 from Robert Shannon — a researcher at the giant chemical firm DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware, who compiled a comprehensive list of the radii of ions in a series of different materials. Robin Grimes, a materials scientist at Imperial College London, says that physicists, chemists and theorists still cite this paper when they look up values of ionic size, which often correlate neatly with other properties of a substance. This has made it the highest formally-cited database of all time.
“We often cite these kinds of papers almost without thinking about it,” says Paul Fossati, one of Grimes’s research colleagues. The same could be said for many of the methods and databases in the top 100. The list reveals just how powerfully research has been affected by computation and the analysis of large data sets. But it also serves as a reminder that the position of any particular methods paper or database at the top of the citation charts is also down to luck and circumstance.
Still, there is one powerful lesson for researchers, notes Peter Moore, a chemist at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. “If citations are what you want,” he says, “devising a method that makes it possible for people to do the experiments they want at all, or more easily, will get you a lot further than, say, discovering the secret of the Universe”.

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

JRF(Bioinformatics) @ University College of Medical Sciences

Subject : Adhoc appointment of Staff under time-bound Research Project, sponsored by Department of Biotechnology( DBT), Govt. of India, New Delhi
Applications are invited by post or in person at the above mentioned address, up to 04.11.2014[Tuesday,4th November,2014] for Ad-hoc appointment of one Junior Research Fellow under time-bound Research Project entitled “"Transcriptome analysis for identification of novel biomarker for disease progression in Dengue patients”, a collaborative project of Translational Health Science, Technology Institute, Gurgaon, School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata, & University College of Medical Sciences[ University of Delhi], sponsored by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India, for a period of three years, depending on the progress of the work and approval of the funding agency
  • Name of the Post: Junior Research Fellow
  • Number of Posts : ONE
  • Rs. 16,000/- + HRA For 1st & 2nd year and Rs.18, 000/- + HRA for 3rd year for NET-JRF Qualified.
  • Rs.12000/- + HRA For 1st & 2nd year and Rs.14000/- + HRA for the 3rd year for NET – LS qualified.

Essential Qualifications

  • Post-graduate in Life Sciences/Basic Sciences/Bioinformatics or any related field including Research in Basic Sciences with or without NET qualification.


  • Candidates with experience in any of the following areas will be preferred:
  1. Bioinformatics analysis, Perl/Python etc.
  2. Molecular Biology techniques
  3. Immunological techniques
  4. Microbiology


  • The probation period for this position will be will be six months. The probation may be extended at the discretion of the competent authority.
  • The above appointment is purely contractual in nature and those appointed to this post will not have any claim for regularization of their employment.
  • All educational, professional and technical qualification should be from a recognized Board/University.
  • The experience requirement specified shall be experience acquired after obtaining the minimum educational qualifications required for the post.
  • The age limit, qualification, experience and other requirements for the post is relaxable at the discretion of the competent authority, in case of candidates otherwise well qualified.
  • Incomplete applications will stand summarily rejected.
  • In case a large number of applications are received for the post, screening will be done to limit the number of candidates to those possessing higher/relevant qualification.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be called for interview.
  • Canvassing in any form will be a disqualification.
  • Applications with details of qualifications and work experience may be submitted on-line at
  • Selected candidates shall have the opportunity to enroll for PhD degree as per the rules of Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi.
  • No accommodation/medical benefits etc. will be applicable and no TA/DA would be paid for attending the interview.
  • Contact telephone number and E-Mail Id must be mentioned in the application form submitted for the post.
Short listed candidates will be informed by email or telephonically to appear before Staff Selection Committee for appointment at Virology Laboratory, Room No. 311, 3rd floor, Department of Microbiology, UCMS & GTB Hospital, Dilshad Garden, Delhi – 110095. Kindly bring all your original certificates/testimonials along with one set of photocopies. The post is purely temporary, on ad-hoc basis for the period of one year and may be extended based on satisfactory performance and approval of funding agency for the subsequent period.


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Tuesday, 28 October 2014


Applications are invited for 16 Research Intern Awards from Indian nationals, who are creative and have passion and desire to pursue S&T as a career. CSIR Diamond Jubilee Research Intern Awards scheme is meant to be a preparatory phase for young interns imbibing the spirit of enquiry and learning the tools and techniques of research through participation and doing. The scheme thus seeks for young interns to gain from the knowledge and experience of accomplished scientists by working with them and to take up S&T as a career.


  • National Institute of Science Communication And Information Resource (NISCAIR) is devoted to science communication and dissemination and S&T information. Broadly the core activity of NISCAIR is to collect/ store, publish and disseminate S&T information which benefits different segments of society. The Institute offers wide range of information services ranging from literature search to production and printing of S&T publications. The Institute has strong Human Resource Development Programme for training personnel in library & information science, documentation, science communication, IPR and herbarium techniques. NISCAIR also undertakes projects on turnkey basis for other organizations.


  • Only the Candidates whose final results have been declared, as on date of interview may apply
Qualification DIV./JOU./
No. of
Date of
2 First class M.Sc. Chemistry (preferably Organic Chemistry)/Bioinformatics OR
equivalent GPA
LRF- Proj.
01 20th November 2014
5 First class B. Tech./ M. Sc. Or equivalent GPA in Botany/ Life Science.
Desirable: Flair for translation from Hindi to English and vice versa,
proficiency in reading and writing Hindi Language
BKS,CSIR-Samachar 01 20th November 2014
6 First Class M.Sc. OR Equivalent GPA in Botany/ Life Science.
Desirable: 1.Specialization in Ethnobotany or Ethnobotany's one
subject/ paper at PG level.
2. Working knowledge of editing on computer.
IJTK 01 20th November 2014
8 First Class M. Sc. in Biochemistry/ Biotechnology/ Life Science OR
equivalent GPA
IJBB 01 20th November 2014
9** First Class M. Sc. OR Equivalent GPA in Life Science/ Bioscience IJEB 01 20th November 2014
* The total number is tentative and may vary as per subsequent requirements.
The applicant should be well conversant with the use of Computers/ must possess writing skills in their specific areas of specialization/ able to conduct search through internet/ able to do routine correspondence/ management of library activities/ editing / compilation/ data management/ experience in data entry pertaining to NISCAIR activities.
  • Age Limit : Not more than 25 yrs. as on the date of interview which is relaxable up to 5 years in case of SC/ ST/OBC/ Physically Handicapped and female candidates.
  • Stipend: Rs.15000/- per month consolidated. No other allowance is admissible.
  • Leave: The interns shall be entitled 30 days leave in a year and shall avail leave with the permission of the competent authority (i.e. 2.5 day leave after completion of each month)
  • Tenure: Maximum period of 02 yrs not extendable under any circumstances and subject to satisfactory performance to be evaluated every 06 months. The interns shall have no claim for further extension, absorption or regularization in CSIR after the expiry / termination of the internship.
  • Mode of Selection: Candidates must report at the NISCAIR reception desk at 9.00 A.M. (Candidates will not be entertained after 9.30 A.M.). The selection of the RIs would be based on (a) academic records, and/ or (b) performance in the test and (c) interview. In case the number of candidates is large the Selection Committee may adopt higher cut offpercentage of academic records, as a measure to short list candidates for interview.

How to Apply :

The prescribed application form can be downloaded from NISCAIR website and duly filled in forms may be submitted at the time of interview. The application forms should be accompanied by attested photograph and copies of testimonials/ certificates in support of age, educational qualifications, experience and caste / tribe etc. mentioned in the application. The applicant must also bring all original certificates/ testimonials at the time of test/ interview for verification.
  • ** For Post Code-11 candidates may possess any of the specialization- " Agriculture including interdisciplinary fields suchas Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Microbiology and allied fields, Genetics and allied fields, Physiology, Nanoscience, Nanotechnology, Toxicology, Neuroscience, Bioengineering, Food Technology, Food Science, Nutrition, Pharmacology or B. Tech in Biotechnology/Bioinformatics/Agriculture Or BS-MS (integrated) in Biological Sciences

Venue for Walk-in-Interview(20th November 2014)

NISCAIR, Dr. K. S. Krishnan Marg,
Near Rajendra Nagar Metro Station,
Pusa Gate, New Delhi – 110012

Application form

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Monday, 27 October 2014

4 year PhD Scholars Programme @ The Radcliffe Department of Medicine

The Radcliffe Department of Medicine at the University of Oxford is a large multi-disciplinary Department that links high quality basic biological science with medical applications. RDM scientists were rated at the highest level in both basic science and clinical research across a wide range of fields in the last UK Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
The department has internationally renowned programmes in a broad spectrum of sciences related to medicine, including:
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism
  • Genes, Genetics & Genomics
  • Haematology & Pathology
  • Immunology
  • Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cells
  • Acute Stroke

Oxford in Your Day

  • These themes span the translational research spectrum, from basic biological research through to clinical application.
We are committed to training the next generation of scientists in biological and clinical sciences through our graduate programme at the University of Oxford. Our PhD Scholars Programme is open to outstanding candidates of any nationality. It provides fully-funded awards for students wishing to undertake a 4-year DPhil in Medical Sciences or Cardiovascular Medicine.
  • Students are full members of the University of Oxford, have their College and University fees paid (home/EU or overseas) and receive a generous stipend of £18,000/annum. These awards allow students to carry out research in a single laboratory for the full 4 years.
  • Further details on the application process and the wide range of projects are available on the RDM website. Individual supervisors can also be contacted by email about their projects.
  • The closing date for applications is 12 noon (midday) on 9th January 2015
  • Interviews will take place on 28th & 29th January 2015
  • Offers will be made in early February 2015

The Radcliffe Department of Medicine actively promotes a family friendly working environment.

DPhil Projects List

The majority of applicants to the DPhil in Medical Sciences and the DPhil in Cardiovascular Medicine apply to work with a specific PI on a predefined project. The project list below shows projects available for entry in October 2015. The list can be resorted by supervisor or research theme or filtered by research theme.
  • We encourage applicants to contact their prospective supervisors to discuss projects and their suitability to carry out research in advance of application. In any particular year, some Principal Investigators choose not to advertise any projects. If you are particularly interested in working with a specific PI and no project is listed, please contact them directly to enquire as to whether they will be offering projects or accepting students in October 2015.
  • If you are applying for a project and are seeking funding, please see our funding overview for further information.
  • Please note that all projects are provisional and may be revised before you start or during the period of research owing to developments in the field and refinement of research topics.

Bioinformatics, Statistics & Computational Biology Project Overview

Risk stratification and personalised management support in heart failure

The provision of evidence-based care to heart failure patients is a growing challenge to health systems worldwide. It has been suggested that IT- supported systems of care that enable patients and their caregivers to monitor and manage their own health may improve patient outcomes and increase the capacity of health systems to provide chronic care more efficiently.
  • The SUPPORT-HF (Seamless User-centred Proactive Provision Of Risk-stratified Treatment for Heart Failure) is a study of IT-supported home monitoring and management in heart failure. The system is based on a tablet PC which is wirelessly connected to several sensors. These are used to measure blood pressure, heart rate, weight, blood oxygen level, drug adherence, activity patterns as well as patient reported outcomes. The home monitoring data is also being linked to patient’s records to retrieve additional information about test results and treatment plans.
  • We have now completed the first stage of the study, which has established a high standard of usability and strong patient adherence of the tele- health platform. We are now starting the second phase of the study as a randomized trial of about 200 patients to test the feasibility and safety of remote drug management in this patient population.
  • A DPhil student is sought to derive and validate an adaptive early risk prediction and clinical decision support algorithm, which is to enhance the SUPPORT-HF tele-health system. This work will use multiple data sources from both observational datasets (e.g. Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD)) as well as interventional studies (SUPPORT-HF 2 randomized trial),  to detect patterns of variation that correlate with health and adverse clinical outcomes. Where appropriate, evidence-based treatment recommendations are to be enhanced by information about intervention costs and patient preferences. As part of a background research, a review of existing clinical decision support systems as well as the personalisation of care with the use of  ICT  is to be performed.

Training Opportunities

  • This is an interdisciplinary project with involvement of researchers across several departments of the University. The learning opportunities available are wide-ranging and may involve learning and applying advanced statistical methods, as well as learning about complex intervention trials, implementation research and cardiovascular medicine.
  • The George Institute provides an exceptional educational environment with expert individual supervision and support from several of experienced and enthusiastic researchers with backgrounds in clinical medicine, statistics, epidemiology and engineering.


  • Bioinformatics, Statistics & Computational Biology and Evidence-based Practice, Epidemiology & Health


Project reference number: 573

Information for Applicants

The Radcliffe Department of Medicine (RDM) is a large multi-disciplinary department with research interests that span the translational spectrum, from basic biological research through to clinical application. We are able to offer research degrees in a broad range of sciences related to medicine, ranging from cardiovascular, diabetes, endocrinology, and stroke research, to molecular medicine, immunology, haematology and pathology, including programmes in stem cell & regenerative medicine.
  • We offer two DPhil (Doctor of Philosophy) degrees, which are the University of Oxford equivalent of a PhD. The DPhil in Medical Sciences covers all areas of RDM research. Complementing this, our DPhil in Cardiovascular Medicine covers the entire spectrum of cardiovascular research. In keeping with our focus on translational research, applications are welcomed from both basic scientists and clinicians for either programme.
A DPhil typically lasts 3-4 years, depending on the project and the student. We have considerable experience supervising clinicians who hold 3-year fellowships and tailor research projects for such students accordingly. Students are admitted to work on a specified research project in a single laboratory, with close supervision from one or more of our PIs and their team.

DPhil Projects

  • The majority of our applicants apply to undertake a project advertised on our DPhil Project List, which is refreshed in September each year. The projects listed span the research that is being done in RDM. Please be aware that it is usual for projects to be modified during the early stages of research. We actively encourage DPhil students' input in refining the parameters of their research.
  • A small number of applicants have their own plans for a research project or develop a research project in collaboration with a proposed supervisor which is not on the DPhil project list. (This is sometimes called a 'direct application'.) In such cases, you must contact your proposed supervisor in advance of application in order to discuss whether the project is viable within their laboratory and whether available funding will be sufficient to cover research costs. Your initial email should contain your curriculum vitae and names and addresses of referees. If your prospective supervisor indicates that he/she is able to supervise your project then you should apply online in the usual way. Your application will go through the standard Departmental selection process; your supervisor's acceptance does not constitute acceptance onto the programme.
  • Eligibility for funding is unaffected by which type of application you make.

Fees and Living Costs

  • Before being admitted to the University, students must demonstrate their ability to cover their fees and living costs. You will be asked to complete a financial declaration to show that you understand the costs involved and that you have plans in place to finance yourself through your studies.


  • Most of our students, whether basic scientists or clinical fellows, are fully funded. The Department is able to offer full funding at a generous level for basic scientists and our PIs have considerable experience in supporting clinicians in their applications for Clinical Research Fellowships (CRF).
  • In order to be considered for Departmental funding schemes your application must be received by the January deadline each year. We are able to consider applications from applicants with external funding at other times of the year.

Making an Application

You must submit your application online using the University's application form. If you are applying for a funded place you must submit your application, including all supporting materials and references, by the deadline in early January. You can find more information on making an application on our how to apply page.
  • If you are an international student, you may need to provide evidence of your English language abilities in order to secure a place.
  • All students are also members of a college. You do not need to specify a college preference, but you are welcome to do so. Please be aware that an offer of a place on the DPhil programme will not constitute a guarantee that you will be offered a place in your first choice college.

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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Bioinformatics Insight

Introduction to bioinformatics with Dr. Steve Jones, Head, Bioinformatics, Genome Sciences Centre, BC Cancer Agency
In 2005 Steven Jones was identified as one of Canada's top 40 professionals under 40 by Caldwell Partners International as well as by Business in Vancouver. He also received the Spencer Award for IT innovation as well as the 2007 Medical Genetics teaching award for UBC. Further contributions include his involvement as the founding director of the CIHR/MSFHR Bioinformatics Training Program as well as director of the University of British Columbia Bioinformatics Graduate Program. In 2011 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada for his contributions to Genomics and Bioinformatics. In 2012, Dr Jones was a recipient of the prestigious UBC Killam teaching prize in recognition of his contributions to graduate bioinformatic education.

Dr. Steven Jones, PhD

Head of Bioinformatics and Associate Director, Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre, BC Cancer Agency
Professor, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Simon Fraser University
Professor, Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia
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