The ISCB Student Council is pleased to announce an internship at the Diagnostic Genomics Group at NICTA, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia. This internship is exclusively arranged by the Student Council in collaboration with Dr Adam Kowalczyk and Dr Cheng Soon Ong for an undergraduate (Bachelors) or graduate (Masters or PhD) student from a developing nation.
About the Diagnostic Genomics Group at NICTA
The Diagnostic Genomics Group at NICTA, Australia’s Information and Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence, works in close collaboration with external medical research partners to develop bioinformatics and computational biology solutions for the improvement of human health. There are three main activities in algorithms and software development:
- Methods for Signal Detection in NGS Data
- Tools for Processing NGS Data
- Biomarker Selection Techniques
More information can be found here.
About the internship project
Project title: Interactive visualisation of putative SNP pairs
Summary: Recent developments in computational methods has enabled exhaustive scans for putative associations of SNP pairs in genome wide association studies. The large number of statistically significant candidate pairs require semi-automated tools to extract relevant biological hypotheses. This project aims at a graph theoretic interactive tool for browsing the putative SNPs while displaying gene annotations using data from GWAS in Type-1 Diabetes and Bipolar disorder. An ideal candidate would have experience in python, and in dealing with genomic data. Any skills related to interactive visualisation of graphs are a plus. The candidate would work closely with several other team members in the Diagnostic Genomics Group at National ICT Australia.
This internship will be funded at $1000 to $1500AUD per month depending on experience. The duration of the internship will initially be 3 months and it can be extended to 6 months. After receiving the award notification, the student needs to apply for the visa on his/her own at the local Australian Consulate. NICTA will supply a invitation and support letter for visa application. The travel costs to/from Melbourne and accommodation during the internship will NOT be covered by the host lab and shall be borne by the student in full.
- Last date for Application Submission : Extended to June 11 2012!
- Acceptance Notification : Extended to July 8 2012
- Start date : Negotiable
- Student should be a citizen of a developing country and pursuing a degree program in a university located in a developing country. If you are not sure of your countries classification, please check the IMF website here.
- Currently enrolled as a full time student.
- Recommendation letter from Supervisor. The letter on the official University letterhead, should clearly state that the student is enrolled as a full time student in the University and will continue to maintain the same status during the period of internship.
- Statement of Purpose (max 500 words). It is expected that the student briefly talks about his/her past experience in computational biology showcasing the skills he/she has learned.
How to Apply?
- You will need an account on the ISCB Student Council website if you don't already have one. You can create it for FREE by visiting the membership page.
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- Resume or Curriculum vitae (Mention citizenship, programming languages known and programming experience)
- Statement of Purpose (SOP)
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