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PhD Studentship in Predictive Toxicology Using Chemoinformatics Approaches

Important description
A PhD studentship, for three years starting in April 2014, is offered in predictive toxicology using chemoinformatics approaches. The research will focus on predicting the potential effects to health and the environment of exposure to small organic compounds and nanoparticles. The studentship will be located in the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University. Liverpool John Moores University is recognised internationally for its work in computer-based (in silico) techniques and predictive toxicology, developing models with the overall aim of reducing the need for animals in toxicological testing.

The PhD Studentship is in the area of computer-based prediction of the potential effects of chemicals, including nanoparticles, to humans and environmentally relevant species. The aim of this studentship is to develop computational models and assist in the development of databases of information relevant to toxicity. Modelling techniques include the development of categories for read-across, (quantitative) structure-activity relationships ((Q)SARs), computational chemistry and molecular modelling. The successful candidate will assist in project reporting and planning as well other research projects in the area of computer-based prediction of toxicity.

General Information:

The student will register initially for the award of an MPhil and will be expected to transfer to PhD registration within 12-15 months (subject to satisfactory progress and approval of a transfer report).

A tax-free PhD stipend of £13,726 pa plus UK/EU tuition fees is available for three years. Non EU students will have to fund the difference between home fees and international fees. The start date is April 2014.

Eligibility and other criteria
Applicants are expected to have:

at least an upper second class Honours degree (or equivalent) in any suitable biological, chemical, biochemical, toxicological, informatics or computational science, or a related field; or
a relevant Masters degree.

Application deadline
* Apply as soon as possible

Additional information, and important URL

Applications should be in the form of:

A covering letter outlining your interest in, and relevant experience for, the position (maximum one page). For non-EU candidates there must be a clear statement explaining how you would expect to pay the difference in EU and overseas fees.
A C.V. (maximum two pages) including the names of two referees.
Informal enquiries should be addressed to Prof Mark Cronin (m.t.cronin@ljmu.ac.uk). Applications should also be submitted electronically, by 5 pm (local time) on the 28thof February 2014 to Prof Mark Cronin via the 'Apply' button below.


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