PhD Research Scholarship in Bioinformatics

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The candidate should have a strong background in the area of genome wide mapping tools with novel skills in handling large-scale high-throughput transcriptomics data to support the research work on breeding high-quality rice as part of IRRI’s priority.

The successful candidate will be supervised by the Head of Applied Functional Genomics cluster for 3 years.


  1. Handling of big genomic data set, mostly whole genome resequencing data, with basic genomics analysis, such as annotation, genome assembly, sequence alignment, phylogenetic analysis, etc.
  2. Developing a bioinformatics analytical pipeline to make sense of this big data. Using different association mapping techniques, including genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and transcriptome-wise association studies (TWAS) to dissect the underlying genetics of grain quality parameters, by bridging through the systems-genetics approaches.
  3. Employing the expression-quantitative trait loci (eQTL)-strategies in the mapping populations targeted for grain quality traits.
  4. Utilization of high-throughput transcriptome data to develop the gene regulatory networks, to unravel the novel putative candidates underlying complex grain quality traits.
  5. Prepare reports, scientific papers, articles, posters, database for publication and/or presentation.
  6. Added knowledge on rice grain quality and nutrition will be added advantage.

Technical Skills

  1. Operating system: Working experience on Linux and Windows.
  2. Programming languages: Working experience on Shell Scripting, Perl or Python.
  3. Statistical tool: R

Duration: 3 years

Deadline: November 30, 2020


  1. For PhD students: For students who are currently enrolled in their PhD programs, you are expected to conduct your PhD research on the topic mentioned full time at IRRI Headquarters, Philippines.
  2. For aspiring PhD students: Upon selection to the program, you will be given the opportunity to conduct preliminary research as an Intern on the topic mentioned for a period of 1 year. Upon securing the required research progress, your PhD application will be submitted to a German university. After you secure your PhD admission, your appointment will be automatically shifted from internship to PhD research scholar.