NTU Singapore International PhD Program in Computational Biology/ Bioinformatics
The scientific landscape of bioinformatics/computational biology continues to change as the field is still evolving. It is anticipated that new scientific insights in computational biology and bioinformatics will impact the continued growth in biomedical science and biotechnology and will have considerable socio-economic impact.
Nevertheless, the number of personnel with major specialization in bioinformatics/computational biology hired by academia and industry remains small; yet, the professional requirements remain high and include a thorough education in
(i) mathematics and exact natural sciences (physics/chemistry),
(ii) computer science including programming and
(iii) life sciences (especially molecular level life sciences). Since bioinformatics applications in the real world occur at the cutting edge of the field, professionals in this field need to have strong own research experience.
This is exactly the goal of the SCE-BII PhD Program in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics.
PhD. student opportunities at the Bioinformatics Institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) have so far been provided only by the A*STAR Graduate Academy. There are the NSS and AGS programs for applicants from Singapore and the SINGA program for some international applicants.
In March 2010, BII
has entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the School of Computer Engineering of the Nanyang Technological University
(NTU-SCE) to support a newly established PhD. program in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics administered by NTU-SCE, with this step crowning the long-standing partnership of both sides. This support involves block-funding from BII as well as support with teaching and research resources.
Under this program, there will be multiple up-to-4-year scholarships to train graduates (with a Master of Science in natural sciences or engineering) towards a PhD. in Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. Besides a limited set of coursework aimed at complementing the existing knowledge of the applicant in an interdisciplinary manner, involvement in actual research as a member of a research team at BII or SCE will be the main activity during the training.
Applicants with excellent results during their university studies and a strong interest in computational biology/bioinformatics research are encouraged to apply. There are no eligibility limitations other than good performance, and applications from Singapore, countries in Southeast Asia or anywhere in the world are considered on a purely meritocratic basis.
How to Apply:
Applicants to this PhD. program are expected to have completed a full Master of Science Program in natural sciences or engineering in a related field such as biology, chemistry, physics, computer science or medicine when the PhD. is started.