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EPSRC Industrial Case Award with DOULIXTM: PhD studentship in Computer Science and Bioinformatics

Newcastle University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,009
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 16th April 2019
Closes: 7th June 2019
Reference: CASE04

Value of award

100% UK/EU fees (eligibility criteria applies to EU students) and annual living allowance of £15,009 plus an industrial top up.

Number of awards


Start date and duration

September 2019 for 4 years.

Application closing date

7 June 2019.


The Interdisciplinary Computing and Complex Biosystems (ICOS) research group, is offering an EPSRC-funded four-year Industrial CASE PhD studentship to start September 2019. This offers a unique opportunity to collaborate directly with industry on research of national and international importance in the areas of Synthetic Biology and Biodesign.

The project will build on data science, and bioinformatics to provide a data format that can capture information of complex biological systems in unprecedented level of detail. The standardisation of information will enable the use of laboratory robots, thus fostering biodesign automation.

The ICOS group, located at the School of Computing of Newcastle University, has an international reputation for research in this field and provides a centre of excellence for postgraduate training with first class research facilities. ICOS is a team with a total of >55 members including computer scientists, engineers, biochemists, physicists and molecular biologists – all of which are working at the interface of biology and computing.

The selected candidate will collaborate with the company DOULIXTM, who aims at making biodesign automation the flagship of the firm, and spend time with this partner company. Building on our strong links with industry and academia, we offer a unique collaborative experience.

The candidate will acquire interdisciplinary skills. These include molecular biology and dynamic modelling, along with other skills in databases and CAD tool development. You will benefit from strong national and international exposure through conferences. You will develop communication skills, and learn to write up research results for publication.


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Double Helix Technologies (DOULIX TM)

Name of supervisor(s)

Angel Goni-Moreno and Anil Wipat

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates should have a computer science or related background. Knowledge of molecular biology is a bonus, but not essential.

The award is available to UK/EU applicants only. Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, you may be entitled to a full or a partial award.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system by creating an account. To do this please select ‘How to Apply

All relevant fields should be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You will need to:

  • click on programme of study
  • insert the programme code 8050F in the programme of study section
  • select ‘PhD Computer Science (full time) - Computing Science' as the programme of study
  • insert the studentship code CASE04 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code CASE04 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.
  • please also send a copy of your CV to


Candidates are encouraged to send and informal expression of interest to

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