PhD Studentship: Using Open Data and Machine Learning Approaches to Decode the Regulatory Regions of Wheat (HALLA_ECASE)

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Norwich, England
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University of East Anglia - School of: Biological Sciences

Qualification Type:PhD
Funding for:UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount:Not Specified
Hours:Full Time
Placed On:14th October 2020
Closes:23rd November 2020

Location: Earlham Institute

Start date: 1 Oct 2021

Closing date: 23 Nov 2020

No. of positions available: 1

Hours: Full Time

Contract: Temporary

Supervisor: Prof Anthony Hall

Project description:

The life sciences are becoming increasingly data rich, yet understanding how to best exploit this information remains a major challenge and a bottleneck in advancing our understanding. Machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) offer exciting new approaches for exploring these huge datasets and generating testable hypotheses.

This PhD project is a partnership between the Earlham Institute and the RnD Innovation Centre of a major agri-tech company, BASF. The project will train you to apply ML approaches to explore and mine large genomic datasets, with the aim of identifying and decoding the regulatory regions of wheat. Understanding the impact of sequence variation within these regulatory regions is key in allowing us to identify base changes that are altering expression of genes influencing important traits such as yield, disease resistance and heat and drought tolerance.

With this PhD you have the opportunity to make a difference! The methods developed will have direct applications in crop breeding and trait engineering within the timeframe of this PhD. The successful candidate will receive extensive training and unique experience, placing them at the forefront of data driven science in the agri-tech sector.

About NRP DTP:

The Norwich Research Park Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (NRPDTP) is open to UK and international candidates for entry October 2021 and offers postgraduates the opportunity to undertake a 4-year PhD research project whilst enhancing professional development and research skills through a comprehensive training programme. You will join a vibrant community of world-leading researchers. All NRPDTP CASE students undertake a three to 18-month placement with the non-academic partner during their study. The placement offers experience designed to enhance professional development. Students with, or expecting to attain, at least an upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, are invited to apply.

This project has been shortlisted for funding by the NRPDTP. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed on Thursday 7th January, Friday 8th January and Monday 11th January 2021.

Visit our website for further information on eligibility and how to apply:

Our partners value diverse and inclusive work environments that are positive and supportive. Students are selected for admission without regard to gender, marital or civil partnership status, disability, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, age or social background.

Person Specification:

At least UK equivalence Bachelors (Honours) 2:1 or UK equivalence Master's degree. English Language requirement (Faculty of Science equivalent: IELTS 6.5 overall, 6 in each category).

Funding notes:

This project is awarded with a 4-year Norwich Research Park Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (NRPDTP) PhD CASE studentship. The studentship includes payment of tuition fees (directly to the University), a stipend for each year of the studentship (2020/21 stipend rate: £15,285.00) plus a CASE Partner stipend enhancement of £2,500 p.a., and a Research Training Support Grant for each year of the studentship of £7,500 p.a. (including a CASE Partner RTSG enhancment of £2,500 p.a.).

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