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10 PhD positions in Integrative Genomics Research in Ireland

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INTEGRATE is a doctorate training programme co-funded by the European Commission’s Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA)COFUND programme and the Centre for Research Training (CRT) in Genomics Data Science funded by Science Foundation Ireland(SFI).

INTEGRATE is a sub-programme within the CRT in Genomics Data Science. INTEGRATE students will specialize in Integrative Genomics Research and receive interdisciplinary training in (1) biomedical science (2) health research skills and methodologies and (3) genomics data science. The researchers trained in the programme will thus develop the knowledge and the ability to identify research questions that offer the greatest benefit to society and have all the skills to address these typically complex problems

There are 10 PhD positions available for the 2021 cohort across the 6 participating Irish Universities (National University of Ireland, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cor, Dublin City University and the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland). Students can choose to do their research project at any of the partner universities.

All students will carry out a 1st semester Residential Training Programme at NUI Galway. At the end of this residential training programme students choose projects/supervisors and relocate to the partner university at which their research project will commence



Student benefits

Students receive an annual total salary of €32,508 (before all taxes and contributions are deducted), Fees of €5,500/year are provided and accommodation is arranged and paid for while on the 1st Semester residential training programme. Funding available per student will cover a high-end laptop computer as well as travel (€7,500), participation in workshops (€1,500), a placement (€4,500) and publication costs (€6,300) allowing research findings to be published in open access journals.

Other benefits

The INTEGRATE programme has several advantages over the traditional, apprenticeship-type PhD training including:

  • Cohort-based training where 25-30 students train together each year

  • Students can choose their research project based on their personal professional interest

  • A large number of research projects are available to choose from

  • The training is interdisciplinary and intersectoral, with a cross-sectoral (e.g. academia to industry) secondment and joint supervision

  • Structured career development planning and a broad spectrum of career opportunities

Research themes

Over 50 Research Group Leaders, including many of Ireland’s top genomics scientists, are available as PhD supervisors. Students will be able to choose projects from across 4 research themes of the programme:

• Genomics of common and rare diseases

• Cancer genomics and precision medicine

• Genomics for pathogen surveillance and control

• High-resolution population genomics

Eligibility criteria


• You must be an early stage researcher, meaning that at the call deadline (15th Jan 2021) you must be within the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research career and not yet have been awarded a doctoral degree.

• You must comply with the MSCA mobility rules whereby you should not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies,etc.) in Ireland for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the call deadline.

• You must have a 3rd level degree (B.Sc, equivalent of Honours 2.1 Irish degree or MSc.) in a relevant discipline, such as a biological science (genetics, biochemistry, biomedical science, molecular biology, immunology, etc) or a data science (computer science, engineering, physics mathematics, statistics, bioinformatics, etc.). You should also have a strong aptitude for programming and data analysis.

• You must have advanced level English language competency: You must demonstrate your ability to understand and express yourself in both written and spoken English at a sufficiently high level to be able to complete the training. English language competency can be demonstrated by certificates from International English language courses – see NUIG regulations at ( but note that the requirements at some of our partner institutions may differ slightly.


Selection process


See guidelines for applicants and selection process here INTEGRATE-guide-for-applicants-2020-21.pdf (


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How to apply

Applications have to be submitted online, through the INTEGRATE website (

The Application form has 5 sections:

1) Personal information, including proof of mobility-related eligibility

2) Academic qualifications (including B.Sc., MSc, other degrees, grades achieved, ranking in class, subjects studied, special training)

3) Work and research experience (detailing type of work, duties, research projects, expertise gained)

4) Scientific achievements (publications, awards, prizes, etc)

5) Personal statement detailing the motivation and how the INTEGRATE programme helps the applicant fulfil their career aims.


The online application system will automatically close on the 15th Jan 2021. Applications will not be accepted after this date.

Students accepted onto the programme will start in Sept 2021.


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