School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Developing Integromics

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CCRCB Funded Opportunity

Developing Integromics in glioblastoma to enhance biomarker discovery

Project Description

An exciting PhD opportunity, funded jointly by Brainwaves NI and the Robin Menary Foundation, is available for a dynamic and capable candidate to create new analytical methods within an active translational bioinformatics hub. In an era of ever increasing data generation approaches are required to extract key features that can offer insight to novel biomarkers. These efforts will allow an understanding of the key features from different data types that best depict likely outcomes. Such methods will extend and support our “Integromics” initiatives and develop highly sought skillsets. 

This PhD studentship seeks to use these supervised methods to meet the big-data era. The ideal candidate will have a core mathematical and programmatic background with laboratory skills, or capacity to learn, being desirable. Work will be focused in brain tumour research, specifically to apply methods to drive discovery of novel clinically useful predictive and prognostic biomarkers. 



*FUNDING CONFIRMED* Funded by: Brainwaves NI and The Robin Menary Foundation 

Eligibility for fees & maintenance (£14,553 for 2017-18) depends on the applicants being either an ordinary UK or EU resident. 


Entry Requirements 

Candidates should have or expect to obtain a 2:1 or higher Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant biomedical or life sciences subject. 

English Language 

Candidates applying from countries where the first language is not English should produce evidence of their competence through a qualification such as IELTS or TOEFL score. 

The minimum recommended score for the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Science is: 

  •  IELTS score of 6.0 with not less than 5.5 in each of the four component elements of listening, reading, speaking and writing taken within the last 2 years; 
  •  TOEFL score of 80+ (internet basted test), taken within the last 2 years, with minimum component scores of; Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17); 
  •  A valid Certificate of Proficiency in English grade A or B; 
  •  A valid Certificate of Advanced English grade A; or 
  •  A first or upper second class honours degree from a university based in the UK, Republic of Ireland or other suitably quality assured location in a country deemed by the UK Border Agency to be majority English speaking. 

For a list of English Language qualifications also accepted by the School and University please see the following link: 

The English Language Unit (ELU) offers both pre-sessional and in-sessional courses in English for academic purposes and study skills. Courses vary in length and full information can be obtained from the ELU 





Closing Date

Closing date for application is: Wednesday, July 26, 2017


How to Apply

Please refer to 'Entry Requirements' for specific admissions criteria.

Apply online via the Queen's on-line application portal .  Guidance is available on the University’s Prospective Student pages.

When applying for a project, please choose ‘MEDICINE’ as your subject area/School.

Please ensure you adhere to the closing dates.

If you have any further queries please contact:  or +44 (0) 28 9097 2619/2042.