Current Research Opportunities

PhD Studentships / Research Doctorate and Postdoctorate Opportunities

We are currently inviting applications for the following PhD Studentships/Research Doctorates and Postdoctorate Research positions in our research groups.



PhD Research Project - Developing new bioinformatic methods for analysing longitudinal metabolomics data

Superviser: Dr Rueyleng Loo (Supervisor)

Project Description

Following the advancement of high-throughput analytical techniques, metabolic profiling (fingerprinting) of large-scale longitudinal epidemiological studies is becoming increasingly available. Although the analytical approaches are well-established, there is a need to disentangle metabolic changes from those related to time (e.g. ageing) and factors influencing individual metabolomes (e.g. diet) due to the repeated measurements. Being able to do this has many benefits, for example, enabling personalised healthcare, where healthcare options are tailored to individual’s fingerprinting. This benefit can best be realised with the development of robust bioinformatic methods that use characteristics of individuals and that these characteristics can be developed further so it can be easily used by clinicians. 

This project will build on existing research work in this area by applying new and existing methods to analyse and make sense of the complex metabolomics datasets. The overall methodology developed will be initially assessed using simulated data and subsequently applied to longitudinal metabolomics datasets already available, e.g. Intermap China Prospective Study, a collaborative project between University of Kent and Imperial College London.

Studentship length: 3 years  

Supervisors: Dr. Rueyleng Loo (University of Kent, Medway School of Pharmacy) and Dr. Marc Chadeau-Hyam (Imperial College London, School of Public Health).  Further information about the Rueyleng’s and Marc’s research can be found on

Eligibility Criteria

This award is available to high-achieving students. Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a First Class Honours degree in Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Mathematics, Engineering or related disciplines. Applicants with a minimum of a 2.1 Honours degree may be considered provided they have a Distinction or Merit at Masters level. In addition, candidates should be able to demonstrate experience in computer programming, and have experience in machine learning, data mining or deep learning.  It is desirable that the candidate has good programming skills in Matlab, R, Java and/or C++ and fundamental knowledge of bioinformatics.  

Funding Notes

The Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) provides a postgraduate research student with financial support in return for 96 hours per year of teaching. The stipend paid equals the full UK Research Council rate of £14,777 (rate for 2018/19) plus tuition fees at the home/EU rate. International applicants should make provision to meet the difference between Home /EU and International fees.  
For further information on the Graduate Teaching Assistantship scheme go to: 

How to apply

Qualified applicants are strongly encouraged to apply with a full CV (max 2 pages), a covering letter (max 1 page) including the contact details of two academic referees via the following link:

or Apply here

The closing day for applications is 2th April 2018 and interview will be held in week commencing 9th April (date to be confirmed).

Application Deadline: 2nd April 2018 and interview will be held in week commencing 9th April (date to be confirmed).

Enquiries: For informal enquiries please contact Dr Rueyleng Loo at or telephone 01634 202948.

Profile Description

The University of Kent provides excellent opportunities for research student training. All students benefit from a full programme of training in research and transferable skills organised through the Graduate School.

The University of Kent was ranked 17th out of all UK Higher Education Institutions for research intensity in the latest Research Excellence Framework 2014. It was shortlisted for the University of the Year Awards, 2015 and for the Time Higher Education Awards for providing “outstanding support for students”. With seven locations across Europe, the University of Kent is described as “The UK’s European university”.  As a Stonewall Diversity Champion the University of Kent is committed to equality and valuing diversity. The University also holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award.

The research within the Medway School of Pharmacy (MSOP) has been rated as internationally excellent and was ranked in the top 10% (8th out of 94) of the submissions to Unit of Assessment 3, Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy. 



Self-Funding PhD Opportunities

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