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Cambridge Cardiovascular


Department of Public Health and Primary Care

National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Unit in Donor Health and Genomics is looking to appoint a talented PhD student in Functional Genomics to a new interdisciplinary research programme in population health and genomics.

The goals of this new Biomedical Research Unit are to advance understanding of iron homeostasis and the causes and consequences of iron deficiency in frequent blood donors through studies that combine cutting-edge genomics tools, clinical science, and quantitative methods. A further goal is to develop and evaluate novel targeted strategies to promote the health of blood donors, while maintaining the nation's blood supply.

These goals will be achieved by exploiting large and detailed sample collections of healthy participants, including the 50,000-donor INTERVAL study. INTERVAL comprises a deep catalogue of genetic variation, molecular readouts, as well as iron-related clinical phenotypes, across all study participants.

The PhD student will work closely with Dr Dirk Paul at the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Unit of the Department of Public Health and Primary Care (Director: Prof John Danesh) and Prof Nicole Soranzo at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.

Beginning in October 2016 candidates may pursue either a 3-year PhD (subject to having an appropriate Masters degree) or a 4-year PhD, with Masters degree training in a relevant subject during the first year. Ideal candidates will have outstanding academic abilities combined with strong interpersonal and communication skills in order to make the most of interdisciplinary training opportunities.

Support includes a generous tax-free annual stipend, University fees at the Home/EU rate, research budget and some travel costs.

More information about studentships can be found on the University of Cambridge jobs website.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Dirk Paul (

Applications should be emailed to Sean Hickin (

All applications must be received by Sunday 6th December 2015.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on 16th December 2015.

Please quote reference RH07363 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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