PhD Position: Control Systems Analysis and Dynamics of Cellular Self-Destruction.

When a cell is no longer needed, or has become damaged in some unrecoverable way, it executes a special process of controlled cellular self-destruction. This process –- called apoptosis – has many unknown feedback control functions. This PhD opportunity is to join a multi-disciplinary team working on trying to understand and analyse properties of programmed cell death from a control systems viewpoint.

Based at the Hamilton Institute, you would work with, and learn from, an experienced international team of mathematical modelers, control systems analysts. You would also be part of our close collaboration with biologist and medical researchers from the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland in nearby Dublin.

The team is particularly interested in why and how brain cells die. Your part in the team would be to focus on the analysis of key parts of this process and interact with mathematical modelers and experimental biologists to advance our understanding of the control principles underlying programmed cell death.

During the process of your PhD work you would have access to a comprehensive range of doctoral courses taught by a panel of internationally renowned experts. At the end of your PhD you would be perfectly placed to take advantage of the many opportunities in the rapidly growing new field of Systems Biology.

Your application for this PhD position in the Systems Biology Group of the Hamilton Institute at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM) should be sent to You can find further details of the Systems Biology group at For additional information about the project, the attractive PhD stipend levels and relocation package visit

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