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Timothy Ravasi <[log in to unmask]>
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Daily eNews for CMNS Students <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:16:57 -0400
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Subject: PhD Fellowship in Bioinformatics and Ecological/Evolutionary
Genomics and Epigenomics of Coral Reef Fish.

A PhD Position is currently available in the Integrative Systems Biology lab
at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

In the Integrative Systems lab we work on many different and diverse projects
applying computational and lab-based analyses using new technology to
understand biological processes on the molecular level. We are part of the
KAUST Environmental Epigenetics program (KEEP).

The largest and newest projects in the lab focus on trans-generational
adaptation to fast changing environments due to climate change and in
particular on the understanding of the molecular regulatory mechanisms at the
base of this adaptation. We mainly study Coral Reef organisms such reef
fishes and marine sponges. We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student to
work on the computational analysis of long-term experimental projects on
various marine organisms. The student will help run a large-scale
wet-lab/aquarium experiment. We are using Next Generation Sequencing
approaches (mostly Illumina based) in order to collect and integrate
genome-wide measurements such as genome, transcriptomics, proteomics, and
methylomes sequencing datasets.

KAUST is an extremely diverse environment and our lab is currently made up of
people from 12 different countries of origin. Apart from being a new
University Campus with cutting-edge technologies, it is also a community.
Within KAUST there is the University campus, two large sports centers, many
restaurants, a town center, a cinema, a marina, diving facilities (it is
located directly on the Red Sea coast), a beach with water sports facility


PhD students should have finished or be about to finish their Master’s

Preferred degrees are in bioinformatics, computational biology, molecular
biology, marine biology or a closely related field. Candidates with a
background in evolutionary biology and Next Generation Sequencing approaches
are particularly encouraged to apply.

Programming skills and experience in the application of computational methods
to genomic data are preferred. A proficient level of English is required and
good communication and writing skills are a must.

PhD fellowship: 25.000$ per year and 30.000$ when the student becomes a PhD
candidate. Furnished housing and health care is provided, plus an annual
airfare to the country of origin and a relocation fee are paid.

Interested applicants can send a CV, a letter of interest, and the names of
two potential references to Timothy Ravasi: [log in to unmask]

If you have any questions about life in KAUST and Saudi Arabia, please feel
free to either contact myself or a female postdoc in our
lab:[log in to unmask]

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Timothy Ravasi
Associate Professor of Bioengineering
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences & Engineering
Division of Applied Mathematics and Computer Sciences
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Thuwal 23955-6900
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Office +966-2-808-2387

Contact Person: Timothy Ravasi
Contact Email: [log in to unmask]