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The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham has a dynamic, vibrant and highly stimulating teaching and research environment with an international blend of students and researchers who are committed to innovative learning and scientific discovery.

PG Certificate studentships   

Postgraduate Certificate studentship (Teaching Internship) - One fully funded studentship

Project title:

Postgraduate Certificate Studentship (Teaching Internship) in Veterinary Education.

Background:

The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham was the first brand new, purpose-built veterinary school in the UK for over 50 years and it is our intent to make significant leading contributions to both veterinary research and teaching within the context of valid relevance and application to the wider veterinary profession.

Project description:

Are you a veterinary surgeon with a passion for teaching, wishing to enhance your skills in a dynamic and supportive environment? If so, a funded studentship with stipend and fees could be the perfect career move!

The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at Sutton Bonington has developed an exciting 12 month postgraduate certificate programme for new and recent graduates to develop teaching skills. There may also be opportunities to develop clinical skills with our clinical associate practices.

This programme is a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in pursuing a career in veterinary education or who wishes to broaden their skill set and enhance their employability. Training in teaching methods, learning and assessment in the veterinary undergraduate curriculum is provided through an experiential programme supervised by experienced veterinary academics and will present opportunities for engagement with all aspects of veterinary education including curriculum development, assessment, teaching delivery and resource development. As part of the Educational Research Group in the school, you will carry out a small project as part of a University PG Certificate qualification.

Funding:

One fully funded stipend per year is generally available.

A stipend of £14,057 (tax free) and paid fees is provided. However there are funding restrictions for non-EU applicants.

Further information and Application:

Eligibility:

Applicants must:

Hold, or be expecting to hold, a veterinary degree and be members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Have attended a Veterinary School accredited by EAEVE.

Be eligible for UK or EU higher education tuition fees.

Provide evidence of your competence in English, where this is not your first language in the form of an IELTS score of at least 7.5 (with no less than 7.0 in any element), TOEFL IBT score of at least 109 (with no less than 25 in any element) or TOEFL paper based requirements score of 630 with 5.0 in the TWE.

Provide evidence that they have conducted 26 weeks of clinical extra mural studies during their undergraduate training, or equivalent post graduate experience (being a graduate from UK or Ireland is sufficient evidence for this).

Further details can be found at:

www.nottingham.ac.uk/vet/prospectivestudents/postgraduate/research-training.aspx 

and 

www.nottingham.ac.uk/vet/prospectivestudents/index.aspx

Due to the level of clinical supervision this programme it is not possible to complete the RCVS post-graduate development phase (PDP) during this course.

Candidates should apply online at  www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/apply/apply-online.aspx including a CV, covering letter and references.  Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Kate Cobb (katy.cobb@nottingham.ac.uk). Application queries should be addressed to Student Recruitment Support (BR-SRSH-mhs@exmail.nottingham.ac.uk)

Start Date:

1st September 2019.

Closing date:

1st June 2019.

 

PhD opportunities

PhD studentship: Dairy Cow Welfare

Applications are invited to join the Ruminant Population Health Group, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Nottingham, to undertake an innovative three-year PhD training programme in collaboration with the Barham Benevolent Foundation on welfare of adult dairy cows.

Project title: 

A behavioural, epidemiological study to evaluate positive welfare in dairy cows.

Supervisors: 

Prof Martin Green, Dr Laura Randall, Dr Jasmeet Kaler, Dr Tracey Coffey

Project description:

Improvement of animal welfare has historically focused on reducing negative experiences.  In recent years there has been a realization that welfare should extend beyond this to include enhancement of positive aspects of cow’s lives. The objective of this research is to use the novel facilities at CDSI to explore behavioural and physiological aspects of positive welfare, specifically around the positive welfare attributes, “pleasure” and “interest”.  We will evaluate the importance of these behaviours in dairy cows and determine whether positive physiological and health-related responses are associated with positive welfare experiences.  The study will make use of the unique ‘Centre for Dairy Science Innovation’ at Nottingham, in which housing infrastructure can be reconfigured to allow provision of unique resources to facilitate expression of behaviours. The research will provide early, unique insights into an area of growing importance to the dairy sector.

Research Environment:

This opportunity is based within the Ruminant Population Health Group at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science which conducts cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research into the health and welfare of UK cattle and sheep. The successful candidate will join a large, friendly, internationally renowned research group currently comprising 17 postgraduate and post-doctoral researchers. The University of Nottingham is ranked eighth in the UK in terms of research power, and more than 80% of research is ranked in the highest categories, world-leading and internationally excellent. 

Further information and Application:

Applicants should have a first or 2.1 undergraduate degree (or a minimum of a 2.2 degree in addition to a Masters degree) in Animal Science, Veterinary Science, a biological science that includes animal health epidemiology or similar subjects, and should have a strong interest in behavioural epidemiology.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to: martin.green@nottingham.ac.uk

Funding details:

Funding is available for three years from October 2019.  A full award is available comprising fees plus an annual stipend which is set at £18,000pa.  Eligibility for full funding is restricted to UK and EU students.  

How to apply:

Informal enquiries may be addressed to: martin.green@nottingham.ac.uk 

Candidates should apply online http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/how-to-apply/apply-online.aspx and include a CV.  When completing the online application form, please ensure that you state that you are applying for a postgraduate position within the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science.  Any queries regarding the application process should be addressed to Postgraduate Admissions Officer (email: SS-PGR-SB@nottingham.ac.uk)

Deadline for applications: 

6th May 2019

 
PhD studentship

Project title:

Heterogenous, multisource and multidimensional data mining to develop machine learning algorithms for early prediction of lameness in cattle. 

Principal supervisor:

Dr Jasmeet Kaler

Other supervisors:

Dr Theodore Kypraios, Prof Martin Green 

Project description:

This opportunity is based within Ruminant Population Health group at the School of Veterinary Medicine we are founder members of the national ‘Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock’ (CIEL) with recently opened ‘Centre for Dairy Science Innovation’. Lameness is one of the most important endemic diseases present in cattle around the world in terms of both animal welfare and economic loss. Currently, tools to identify lameness rely on visual subjective scoring scale and there are no predictive algorithms that can identify lameness early. Temporal data are available, collected on farms via sensors and alternative methods that will provide novel information about individual cow behaviour, genetics, claw health, milk recording, fertility etc. While recent advances in AI and machine learning techniques have boosted the potential for analysing such ‘big data’ to develop predictive algorithms, there are two key challenges: data heterogeneity in terms of type and frequency of data and feature selection and accuracy of algorithms. This industry linked interdisciplinary PhD project thus aims to use a range of methodologies from across disciplines of veterinary science, statistics and computer science (shrinkage, spline interpolation, machine learning especially deep learning) to overcome above challenges and create new knowledge and tools to predict lameness in dairy cows. 

The aim of this interdisciplinary PhD project is to utilise large amounts of heterogenous data collected on farms by CRV to:

  • Develop and compare algorithms using supervised, unsupervised and semi-supervised machine learning methods that can predict claw health problems in cattle
  • Validate the developed algorithms in the field by collecting new data 


The project will be based at the School of Veterinary Science with time at the School of Mathematical Science.

Further information and Application:

This PhD is interdisciplinary in nature and as such would suit highly motivated applicants from a wide range of numerate, scientific backgrounds, candidates with 2.1 undergraduate degrees in mathematics or Statistics, or computer science or veterinary or animal science.  MSc’s in a relevant subject such as Applied statistics, computer science, veterinary epidemiology or Data Science would be highly desirable.  Experience with coding is advantageous.  Informal enquiries may be addressed to the principal supervisor Dr Jasmeet Kaler (https://www.kaler-researchgroup.co.uk/); Jasmeet.Kaler@nottingham.ac.uk

Candidates should apply online http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/how-to-apply/apply-online.aspx and include a CV.  When completing the online application form, please ensure that you state that you are applying for a postgraduate position within the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science.  Any queries regarding the application process should be addressed to Postgraduate Admissions Officer, (email: ss-pgr-sb@nottingham.ac.uk)

Closing date:

30th June 2019

Interview Date: 

4th July 2019

Start Date: 

September 2019. This is a 4 year studentship funded by CRV (https://www.crv4all-international.com/). 

Closing date: 

The position will be filled when suitable candidates have been identified. Early application is strongly encouraged.

Eligibility for Funding:

Only EU/UK resident 

 
PhD studentship

Project title:

An interdisciplinary approach to understand sheep farmers decision making for management of sheep scab

Principal supervisor:

Dr Jasmeet Kaler

Other supervisors:

Dr Fiona Lovatt

Project description:

This opportunity is based within Ruminant Population Health group at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science which conducts cutting-edge research into the health and welfare of UK sheep and cattle and has stakeholder decision making as one of its key research themes. 

The PhD is part of highly collaborative multi-partner project (Moredun, Bristol, Glasgow and Nottingham) which brings together the UK’s leading experts on sheep scab from across industry and academia. This multidisciplinary project aims to address the challenge of sheep scab management via further understanding epidemiology of scab, optimisation of tools for diagnosis and understanding farmer behaviour and attitudes towards scab management. 

Scab is caused by infestation with the ectoparasitic mite, Psoroptes ovis and is highly contagious, resulting in intense pruritus and represents a major welfare and economic concern for the livestock industry. Despite statutory and voluntary control programmes, scab control has met with limited success. Scab has historically had a negative stigma resulting in significant levels of under-reporting by farmers. Combining recent advances in behaviour and implementation science and tools and frameworks from sociology, psychology and behavioural economics, this PhD will provide further understanding of farmers beliefs, perception of risks and the trade-offs they make in their decision making for scab control.  We are particularly interested in how habits, norms and perception of risk influence farmers behaviours related to scab management and how they vary among upland and lowland farmers. 

We will collect data from farmers via interviews, focus groups and discrete choice survey to explore the process of decision making (using frameworks from sociology, psychology and economics) for scab control Data will be analysed using qualitative and quantitative methods (choice modelling). Results of this PhD will be combined with scab transmission models developed by partners in the consortium to gain insight into real life dynamics and design effective control strategies for scab.  

Further information and Application:

This PhD is interdisciplinary in nature and as such would suit applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, including (but not limited to) candidates with 2.1 undergraduate degrees in Veterinary Science or Animal Science or Social Sciences or Psychology. MSc’s in a relevant subject would be an advantage. 
Informal enquiries may be addressed to the principal supervisor Dr Jasmeet Kaler (https://www.kaler-researchgroup.co.uk/); Jasmeet.Kaler@nottingham.ac.uk

Candidates should apply online http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/how-to-apply/apply-online.aspx and include a CV.  When completing the online application form, please ensure that you state that you are applying for a postgraduate position within the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science.

Interview Date: 

June 2019

Start Date: 

September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. This is a 3 year studentship funded by VMD. The position will receive a tax free stipend per annum at the national RCUK rate (for 2018/19, is £14,777).

Closing date: 

30th May 2019.  Early application encouraged.

Eligibility for Funding:

Only EU/UK resident.

 

 

Masters

Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVetMed) / Clinical residency 

Project title:

Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Principal supervisor:

Prof Mark Bowen

Other supervisors:

Dr John Burford, Prof Gayle Hallowell

Background:

The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science (SVMS) provides clinical teaching using a community-based model, whereby undergraduate and postgraduate students are taught within clinical associate practices overseen by clinical specialists employed by the School. This provides clinical exposure to a large range of clinical cases appropriate to a range of training opportunities and creates an environment for clinical research using both retrospective clinical data and a significant case load that supports prospective clinical studies. 

Project description:

This 4-year programme includes a taught component (120 credits) delivered through a specialist residency training programme aligned to the European College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation based within the clinical associate network of practices based in the East Midlands. A research project aligned to the programme specification of a PhD is integrated into the programme. 

Veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation is defined as a multidisciplinary speciality that encompasses the in depth physical and clinical examination, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of sport and work-related injuries/disorders and rehabilitation of animals’ health. Clinical training will be supervised by clinical specialists in Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, surgery, internal medicine, diagnostic imaging using the large caseload and specialist clinical equipment including cardiology, CT, MRI, ultrasound, radiography and objective gait assessment. Clinical training will include a requirement to undertake out-of-hours clinical work. 

The research project will focus on the clinical application of objective gait assessment in a sports horses setting. Candidates with existing experience in the use of inertial movement units in a clinical and research setting are sought for this project. Further details of the programme can be found at https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/courses/veterinary-medicine-and-science/veterinary-medicine-dvetmed.aspx

Further information and Application:

Applicants must be a Member of the RCVS at the time of application and be graduates of an EAEVE accredited veterinary school and have 3 years of post-graduate equine clinical experience. English language qualifications are required for those whose first language is not English as described in the website above.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to the principal supervisor: mark.bowen@nottingham.ac.uk 
Candidates should apply online http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/how-to-apply/apply-online.aspx and attach a CV and covering letter.  When completing the online application form, please ensure that you state that you are applying for a postgraduate position within the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science and specify ‘sports medicine’ in the personal statement.   Any queries regarding the application process should be addressed to Postgraduate Admissions Officer, (email: ss-pgr-sb@nottingham.ac.uk)

Interview Date: 

30th April 2019

Start Date: 

1st August 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Closing date: 

The position will be filled when suitable candidates have been identified. Early application is strongly encouraged.

Eligibility for Funding:

Applicants must be eligible for UK/EU/EEA fees (details at https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/fees/tuitionfees/201920/index201920.aspx). A tax-free stipend of £23,808 pa is payable.

 
Training programme (residency) in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology

Title:

Two Anatomic Pathology Resident Positions

Background:

The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science (SVMS) at the University of Nottingham is the first brand new, purpose-built veterinary school in the UK for over 50 years and it is our intent to make significant leading contributions to both veterinary research and teaching within the context of valid relevance and application to the wider veterinary profession.

The Pathology unit of SVMS provides a diagnostic in a wide range of animals, mainly companion animals and is involved in clinical teaching of year 5 veterinary students. Three senior pathologists, ECVP or ACVP boarded, oversee surgical and post-mortem case submissions.

Position description:

Applications are invited from veterinary graduates to undertake a three-year training programme (residency) in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology. The successful candidate will focus on companion animal pathology with some exposure to avian and farm animal anatomic pathology and clinical pathology. 

The trainee will be registered for a Masters of Veterinary Medicine degree of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science and will undertake a research project on an aspect of Veterinary Anatomic Pathology.

The training programme encompasses small group teaching, seminars, research and diagnostic duties. 

Further information and Application:

Graduates with at least one year’s experience, preferably with some exposure to Veterinary Anatomic Pathology, are invited to apply for this combined Scholarship and Master’s degree.  Applicants must have attended an EAEVE approved veterinary School and be a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, or hold a veterinary degree qualifying them for membership.

There is an annual tax-free stipend of £21,000 that is continued for three years subject to satisfactory annual assessment.  Fees are paid, the position is only open to UK or EU applicants due to fee restrictions.

The University is keen to ensure all of its students are prepared to succeed in their programmes of study.  Applicants whose first language is not English must achieve an appropriate level in an approved test in English before they can register (IELTS≥7.5 with no less than 7.0 in each element).

Informal enquiries can be addressed to: kerstin.baiker@nottingham.ac.uk 
 
Candidates should apply online http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/how-to-apply/apply-online.aspx and include a CV. Any queries regarding the application process should be addressed to Postgraduate Admissions Officer (email: SS-PGR-SB@nottingham.ac.uk)

Deadline for applications:

5th of May 2019 

 

 

International and self-funded studentship opportunities

We are always keen to talk to individuals with relevant interests about PhD, postdoc or fellowship research. If you are interested and able you should look for appropriate funding either locally or for scholarships available from the University of Nottingham University Scholarships or from other sources.

Epigenetic reprogramming of cell fate by oocyte molecules

Project description:

The discovery that cellular states can be reprogrammed to a different fate has opened new avenues for research in regenerative medicine and cancer biology. Cellular reprogramming relies on the ability of resetting the epigenetic landscape of cells to a new reprogrammed state. Oocytes have the natural ability of reprogramming sperm cells to pluripotency after fertilisation and somatic nuclear transfer experiments have shown that this capacity extends to reprogramming of somatic and cancer cells. We have shown that oocyte extracts can directly remodel the chromatin of somatic cells to an embryonic stem cell state and we have also demonstrated that they can induce reprogramming of cancer cells inducing tumour reversion. Finding how oocyte molecules can induce such reprogramming is our major goal. The aim of this project is to identify novel candidate reprogramming factors that can be used to reprogram somatic cells to stem cells and/or cancer cells to non-tumorigenic cells. Novel reprogramming factors will also be used to increase the efficiency the iPSC technology. This approach will lead to the development of small molecule technologies to be used in regenerative medicine and cancer treatment.

Methodology:

We have recently obtained the full transcriptome of axolotl oocytes and have identified oocyte-specific genes that could be involved in cellular reprogramming. Expression libraries will be constructed and tested in the reprogramming of somatic and cancer cells using read-out reporters. Candidate genes from the initial screening will then be tested in reprogramming assays via protein-based delivery.  The successful candidate will work closely with Centre of Genetics and Genomics at the University of Nottingham.

Techniques:

Sequence analysis, comparative genomics, cell culture, molecular biology, protein biochemistry.

Informal enquiries should be made to cinzia.allegrucci@nottingham.ac.uk 

 
Insights into natural host innate immune resistance to influenza A viruses

Project Description:

Influenza virus infection is a major disease of global dimension that continues to threaten livestock production and human health.  The dangerous features of the virus are its very broad host range of mammals and birds, and its ability to undergo frequent mutational changes. Current anti-influenza drugs, e.g. oseltamivir, are of limited efficacy and are made less effective by the rapid emergence of viral resistance. We are making major inroads into understanding the robust innate resistance to influenza virus infections exhibited in certain natural host species, namely pigs, ducks and bats. Such fundamental knowledge could pave the way for the development of anti-viral therapy that targets host proteins to resist infection thus largely circumventing the current problem anti-viral drug resistance. Our exciting and promising programme is focussed on (1) understanding the mechanisms of host resistance to virulent influenza virus, including highly pathogenic H5N1 viruses, and (2) assessing host targets as candidates for drug targeting to promote host resistance to infection.  A prospective PhD student can look forward to applying a comprehensive range of cutting edge research tools (including use of primary cell cultures, gene over-expression, knock-down and knock-out studies, virus cultures, RNA-seq and bioinformatics) to answer fundamental and strategic questions of applied importance.   

More information and publications 

Informal enquiries should be made to kin-chow.chang@nottingham.ac.uk

 
Influenza viruses: pathogenesis and disease

Background:

Influenza A viruses are able to infect a range of species and are an important cause of both animal and human disease. Infections with Influenza A perturb host signalling pathways and may predispose to secondary bacterial infections which add to disease morbidity. Disease outcome is influenced by both viral and host factors and infection with other pathogens may exacerbate disease.

Methodology:

We use a variety of cell culture and tissue explant models to study infection with influenza viruses in important host species (for example, avian, equine and human). This allows the host response to virus infection to be monitored in order to understand how influenza infection results in different outcomes in different species. In combination with these techniques, reverse genetic systems can be used to manipulate the virus genome to study the effect of particular virus proteins on virus infection, replication and host responses.

Techniques:

Cell and explant culture, virus infection, qRT-PCR analysis of host responses, exploitation of reverse genetics to dissect mechanisms of viral pathogenesis.

Informal enquires should be directed to stephen.dunham@nottingham.ac.uk or janet.daly@nottingham.ac.uk

 
Big Data Analytics in Animal Health

Supervisors:

Prof Richard Emes

Project Aim:

The availability of wide ranging and complex data relating to animal health such as disease history, genetics and production makes this a hugely exciting time to study animal health. We use computational methods to combine these data and try to extract meaning from them for the use of vets, farmers and scientists. Working with the Advanced Data Analysis Centre. This PhD would suit those from a computational background with interest in animal health or those from a biological background with interest in developing their analytical skills. 

Techniques:

Bioinformatics, Genomics, machine learning. 

Informal enquiries should be made to richard.emes@nottingham.ac.uk 

 
Retroviruses in genomes

Supervisors:

Dr Rachael Tarlinton

Project aims:

Retroviruses (such as HIV in humans or FIV/FeLV in cats) have an unusual lifecycle where they integrate a copy of themselves into their host’s genome. If these viruses are integrated into a germ line cell they become inherited just like any other genetic element, where they are known as endogenous retroviruses (ERVs). This process is very common in genomic evolution, for instance up to 8% of the human genome consists of pieces of retrovirus from historical infections and all vertebrate genomes studied to date contain ERVs.  Parts of some of these viruses have become co-opted for their host’s normal function, either as proteins or as transcription and translation regulators. Their host’s genomes have also evolved regulatory networks to prevent uncontrolled replication of ERVs. My groups work focusses on what happens as these retroviruses make the transition from an infectious virus to a genome inhabitant and what ERVs do once integrated into their host’s genome.  We work on a variety of species with current projects including the role of HERVs in immune mediated diseases in people, the effects of integration of koala retrovirus (KoRV) into the koala genome, the interaction between FIV and the endogenous and exogenous forms of FeLV in cats and large scale genomic screening and phylogenetics of ERVs in rodents with a particular focus on the identification of viruses that have recently (or have the potential to) jump species or become infectious.  

Methodology: 

We can potentially tailor projects to a species or virus of interest however all of these projects would use very similar methods (just applied to the particular species or problem of interest). Namely: genome mining for ERVs using an established bio-informatics pipeline, mapping of RNAseq data to identify ERVs that are transcribed in particular tissues or disease states and “wetlab” molecular virology (RT-PCR, virus culture, PCR, sangar sequencing) techniques to confirm in-silico findings or to extend them to species where genomic data is not available.   The ideal candidate for this project would have the ability to work in a Linux/Unix operating system, basic programming/coding/scripting experience, molecular virology skills (virus culture, RT-PCR etc) and a background in Virology, genetics and immunology. 

Informal enquiries should be made to rachael.tarlinton@nottingham.ac.uk  

 
Infection and Immunity

Supervisors:

Prof David Haig

Project aims:

Our research focusses on the host-pathogen interface in a range of important diseases caused by viruses in particular or combinations of viruses and bacteria. These include, but are not limited to, herpesvirus infections of ruminants, orbivirus infection of animals and bovine respiratory disease (BRD) in cattle. 

By using state of the art methods, we study the pathogenesis of disease and mechanisms of disease control, mainly by vaccination. For this, the group has an internationally-acknowledged excellent reputation.

We also study ways of improving vaccines by identifying new adjuvants that direct immune responses towards protection against infection. In particular, we are looking at innate immune mechanisms and the activity of pattern recognition receptors on cells. We have been successful in both generating new and also improving existing vaccines.

We have a 100% record of producing quality postgraduates with good degrees, gaining expertise in important skills for furthering their careers.

Informal enquiries should be made to david.haig@nottingham.ac.uk

 

School of Veterinary Medicine and Science

University of Nottingham
Sutton Bonington Campus
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