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BBSRC-Funded Studentships

The BBSRC DTP Programme is now accepting applications for an October 2018 start

Please see below and visit the Programme Overview and How to Apply pages for further information. 

 

BBSRC 4-year PhD Programme in Biosciences

The University of Cambridge is offering four-year BBSRC-funded studentships starting in October 2018. A wide range of projects are available across 20 world-class departments and research institutes in the region under the broad themes of: AFS   SCPRID funded scientist Francis Wamonje shows year 12 students from Belfast how investigate aphid plant interactions in the laboratory John Carr

 

 

The first six months is spent completing training in Statistics, Computational and Systems Biology, and Research Skills (Exploiting New Ways of Working) and undertaking two 10-week rotation projects, either at the University or at one of the partner organisations, before progression to your PhD project. An exciting element of the Programme is a three month internship to gain experience in a non-academic environment, including industry, the media, charities, education and government.  

The studentship will cover a stipend at the standard Research Council rate (£14,553 per annum for 2017/18), research costs and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, and is available for UK and EEA students who meet the UK residency requirements. Students from EEA countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award. Further information about eligibility for Research Council UK funding can be found at the following website:

http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/documents/studentship-eligibility-pdf/

UK and EEA students who have, or are expecting to attain, at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in relevant biological subjects, are invited to apply. The interdisciplinary nature of many of the projects available and the training modules means that we also welcome applications from students with physical science and mathematical backgrounds who are interested in using their skills in addressing biological questions. 

We are particularly interested in attracting candidates from non-biological or non-traditional biological backgrounds and providing opportunities for computational students to train in biology and for biology students to train in the physical sciences and mathematics.

Please note, if you have a background in medicine or an interest in medical translation, you may be interested in the MRC DTP Programme or the Wellcome Trust-Medical Research Council partnered with Cambridge Stem Cell Institute.

 

BBSRC-Funded 4-year PhDs

In addition to the above, we are offering several PhD projects funded by BBSRC. Candidates should carefully read and follow the instructions in the advert (please apply under the Department code, NOT the BBSRC DTP Programme code). Successful students will not choose rotation and PhD projects, but will otherwise be fully integrated into the BBSRC DTP Programme (training courses, events, internship, etc).

If no link is provided, please contact: bbsrcdtp@lifesci.cam.ac.uk for information.

Please note, application deadlines may be different to the BBSRC Programme deadline above.

Host-parasite interactions in African trypanosomes with Dr Paula MacGregor, Department of Biochemistry

Chemical structure of bone with Professor Melinda Duer, Department of Chemistry

Spastic Paraplegia genes and organisation of axonal endoplasmic reticulum in Drosophila with Dr Cahir O'Kane, Department of Genetics

Structure function predictions of translational products from novel Open Reading Frames with Dr Sudhakaran Prabakaran, Department of Genetics

Post-translational control of mitochondria by the ubiquitin ligase Fbxo7 with Dr Heike Laman, Department of Pathology

Identification of Citron kinase substrates by using chemical genetics and quantitative phospho-proteomics with Dr Pier D'Avino, Department of Pathology

Development of next-generation antibiotics with Dr Hendrik van Veen, Department of Pharmacology

Investigating the mechanosensitivity of cells (theoretical biophysics) with Professor Eugene Terentjev, Department of Physics

Harnessing the genetic potential for arbuscular mycorrhizal benefit in rice with Dr Uta Paszkowski, Department of Plant Sciences

Modelling fungicide resistance management in an uncertain world with Dr Nik Cunniffe, Department of Plant Sciences

Timers, Switches and Sparse Bayesian Networks for Circadian Rhythm Analysis with Professor Alex Webb, Department of Plant Sciences, and Professor Jorge Goncalves, University of Luxembourg

Machine learning models of neuro-cognition with Professor Zoe Kourtzi, Department of Psychology

Identification of genetic modifiers of prion-induced neurodegeneration with Dr Raymond Bujdoso, Department of Veterinary Medicine

Modelling the evolution of bacterial pathogens in the real world with Dr Olivier Restif, Department of Veterinary Medicine 

Role of human erythrocytes in regulating invasion by Plasmodium falciparum parasites with Professor Pietro Cicuta, Department of Physics, and Dr Julian Rayner, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute 

The impact of management to restore river margins in tropical agricultural landscapes on ant communities with Dr Ed Turner, Department of Zoology

 

BBSRC-Funded 4-year iCASE PhDs

We are offering several PhD projects with an industrial partner component. Candidates should carefully read and follow the instructions in the advert (please apply under the Department code, NOT the BBSRC DTP Programme code). Successful students will not choose rotation and PhD projects, but will otherwise be fully integrated into the BBSRC DTP Programme (training courses, events, placement with Industrial Partner, etc).

If no link is provided, please contact: bbsrcdtp@lifesci.cam.ac.uk for information.

Please note, application deadlines may be different to the BBSRC Programme deadline above.

Harvesting the photonic properties of self-organising bacteria colonies with Dr Silvia Vignolini, Department of Chemistry, and Hoekmine B.V.

The effect of manufacturing process on the physical stability of therapeutic peptides with Professor Sophie Jackson, Department of Chemistry, and MedImmune UK

Using Transcriptomics Data to Understand Drug Mode-of-Action with Dr Andreas Bender, Department of Chemistry, and Eli Lilly and Company

Mass spectroscopic analysis of plasma peptides involved in metabolic responses to gastric bypass surgery and nutrition with Professor Fiona Gribble, Institute of Metabolic Science, and LGC Drug Development Services

Central signalling pathways involved in the INSL5/RXFP4 axis with Dr Frank Reimann, Institute of Metabolic Science, and MedImmune UK

Wheat breeding for improved milling and nutritional quality with Dr Alison Bentley, National Institute of Agricultural Botany, and DSV United Kingdom Ltd

How do matrix metalloproteinases stimulate neurones? with Dr David Bulmer, Department of Pharmacology, and LifeArc

Analyses of calcium signalling pathways using advanced optical imaging and genetically encoded sensors with Professor Colin Taylor, Department of Pharmacology, and Cairn Research Ltd

Unravelling the mechanisms regulating GLP1 receptor internalization and recycling in insulin secreting pancreatic ß-cells with Dr Graham Ladds, Department of Pharmacology, and AstraZeneca plc

Strategies to optimise pollination of the UK field bean crop with Professor Beverley Glover, Department of Plant Sciences, and PGRO

Chromatin and recombination landscapes in the hexaploid wheat genome with Dr Ian Henderson, Department of Plant Sciences, and KWS UK Ltd

Managing social dynamics to improve dairy cow health and welfare with Dr Gareth Pearce, Department of Veterinary Medicine, and Cambridge Animal Technologies Ltd

Screening, purification and characterisation of antimicrobial peptides from Hermetia illucens with Dr Andrew Grant, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Dr Graham Christie, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, and Entomics Biosystems Ltd