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UCL Genetics Institute - PhD Studentship in Statistical Genetics

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UCL Genetics Institute - PhD Studentship in Statistical Genetics

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PhD Studentship in Statistical Genetics
UCL Genetics Institute
Identification of breed contributions in crossbred dogs

A PhD studentship in Statistical Genetics, starting October 2010, is available in the University College London Genetics Institute (UGI). The studentship is funded by Mars Veterinary and will be co-supervised by Dr Neale Fretwell of the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition in Leicestershire, which the student will visit for research meetings. The studentship covers all tuition fees (EU rate) and provides an attractive stipend rising from £17,363 in the first year to £18,100 in year 3, plus a contribution to research and training costs.

Mars Veterinary has developed a set of genetic markers that are used to identify the different breeds contributing to the ancestry of crossbred dogs, and to estimate the proportions of these contributions to the genetic make-up of the dog. The goal of the project is to develop statistical genetics algorithms to improve the inferences of ancestry over those currently available, particularly in the case of dogs with complex ancestries involving multiple breeds. This work will involve development of multivariate statistical methods, for example classification algorithms, which will be tested using both real data and simulations to be developed and implemented by the student.

The UGI ( is a new initiative by UCL to develop a multidisciplinary centre to develop and apply biostatistical and bioinformatics approaches to genetic research. Modern computational statistical methods are central to this vision, and are supported by an impressive range of high-performance computing resources that the student will have access to, as well as the wider academic resources of one of the world’s leading universities. From the 1st half 2011, the UGI will be housed in newly refurbished accommodation in the Darwin Building, in the heart of the Bloomsbury academic district of Central London.

Applicants are welcome from any EU country. They should have a strong undergraduate or masters degree in statistics or mathematics or computer science, or genetics with a strong computational component. Please contact Professor David Balding by email by 4 June 2010 (email: Applications should include a CV and the names of two academic referees.

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