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Fully-funded PhD Position at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, 2016

Fully-funded PhD Position at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, 2016

The Gallego Romero lab at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore is seeking a self-motivated, creative and enthuasiastic PhD student to work on any of a number of projects aimed at deciphering the role of gene regulation in human evolution, be that at the inter-species or inter-population level. The lab combines the flexibility of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) with genomic approaches to address questions about the mechanisms of evolutionary adaptation in humans that are intractable by any other means. The lab also has a long-standing interest in human population genetics and local adaptive change, especially in non-European populations, and established collaborations with European and USA research institutions like the University of Cambridge and Stanford University.

Possible research topics include, but are not limited to:



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  • the contribution of developmental differences in gene expression to uniquely human traits
  • genetic mechanisms of local evolutionary adaptation in human populations
  • aetiology of heart disease in humans and the great apes
  • genetic diversity in great apes (in collaboration with the Singapore Zoo and the Lee Kong Chian Museum of Natural History)

All projects in the lab incorporate aspects of iPSC culture and experimental manipulation, genomics, and bioinformatics. Students will have the opportunity to be involved in both the tissue culture and data analysis aspects, and to contribute intellectually to the development of the project at all stages.

How to apply:
Interested candidates should email a CV (including names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references) and a one-page statement of research interests to Irene Gallego Romero (igr-at-ntu.edu.sg) with the subject line “PhD application”. Additionally, candidates should submit a formal application for admission (http://goo.gl/YZK7SA) in either the School of Biological Sciences’ (http://goo.gl/khrM0g) or the LKC School of Medicine’s (http://goo.gl/spmrZW) PhD programmes.

Start date:
January 2017 or August 2017. Interested applicants will be able to join the lab a few months earlier as a research assistant if desired.

The position is open to all applicants that meet NTU admission criteria, but note that the monthly stipend varies according to nationality.

Funding includes tuition and associated costs for four years, and a competitive monthly stipend of S$2,700 for Singapore Citizens, S$2,200 for Singapore Permanent Residents and S$2,000 for international students, which will be increased by S$500 upon passing the Ph.D. Qualifying Examination/Confirmation. Students are also eligible for on-campus housing during the first year of their studies. The stipend might be adjusted for outstanding candidates.

International students are encouraged to apply for a SINGA scholarship (http://www.a-star.edu.sg/singa-award/Homepage.aspx), which includes one-time settlement and airfare allowances, and for a Nanyang President’s Graduate Scholarship (only available for August 2017 admission) (http://admissions.ntu.edu.sg/graduate/scholarships/Pages/NPGS.aspx), which will significantly increase their monthly stipend.

Application Deadline: Closed