Doctoral Training Program Scholarship at Medical Research Council

At the beginning of the twentieth century, tuberculosis was one of the UK’s most urgent health problems. A royal commission, entitled The Royal Commission Appointed to Inquire into the Relations of Human and Animal Tuberculosis, was set up in 1901.

Location: Gambia

Program Details

  • The studentship starts in December, 2022 / January, 2023, and will be full-time for four years, involving collaboration with the Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at LSHTM and a European University Full financial support will be provided.

Project One

  • Epigenetics as a potential mediating mechanism linking climate variation with lifelong health and disease.

Eligibility Requirements

  • First Degree (B.Sc) in Mathematics, Computational or Biological Sciences
  • MSc in Computational Biology or related discipline, e.g. Genomic Medicine, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics
  • Some experience in at least one of the following computer coding languages: R.python, Perl,
  • Ability to work independently and to tight deadlines


  • Experience in the computational and bioinformatic analysis of one or more types of ‘omics data (e.g.genome, epigenome, transcriptome,microbiome)
  • An interest in molecular biology and its relationship to human health, e.g., genetics, genetic epidemiology, health data science.

Contact Details:

  • Please email Dr Matt Silver ( for further details.
  • Project main supervisor: Dr Matt Silver (

Project Two

  • Developing Strategies to coordinate Healthcare provision between The Gambia and Senegal (SHEGAS).

The Eligibility Criteria

  • Be in possession of an MSc in Public Health or a related subject from a recognised university
  • Ability to conduct qualitative research
  • Excellent communication skills in English and at least one other Gambian national language
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally
  • Ability to work independently and to manage competing priorities.


  • Previous experience of work in The Gambia.

Contact Details:

  • Please email Dr Melisa Martinez Alvarez ( for further details.
  • Project main supervisor Dr Melisa Martinez Alvarez (

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should obtain the application form sending an e-mail request to:


  • Further information can be obtained by an e-mail request to
  • The Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at LSHTM is an Equal Opportunities Employer and Operates a Strict No Smoking Policy.
  • Your data provided will be protected in accordance to the Unit’s data protection policy and will only be used for the candidate selection and University registrations.

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