How to Apply
Applicants should submit a covering letter stating clearly why you are interested in applying. Although applications are made to the whole program initially, it would help if you indicate in your letter if there is a particular field in which you are interested. Applications should include a full up-to-date C.V. (include vacation address), and names and addresses of two academic referees, sent by 11 January 2014 to:
Interviews will be held on January 31st. Please note that we are not able to acknowledge applications, and that if you have not heard from us by January 24th you have not been successful (we will not be able to provide feedback on unsuccessful applications).
An attractive stipend is offered and a comprehensive transferable skills training programme is also incorporated. PLEASE NOTE that there are eligibility criteria for these studentships relating to nationality, and period and purpose of residency in the UK. Only EU nationals are eligible, but there are further restrictions for non-UK nationals. Full details can be found at the MRC website
4 Year PhD Program at a World Leading Institute
The Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) forms part of the University of Edinburgh and is a large, integrated research institute composed of the Centre for Genomic and Experimental Medicine, the MRC Human Genetics Unit, and the Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre. It constitutes one of the largest aggregates of human molecular genetics research capacity in the UK, and brings together over 500 research and support scientists in research programmes across the whole spectrum of basic, clinical and translational research. Programmes of work include the following list of themes: genetics of common and complex human diseases, epigenetics, developmental biology and pediatrics, brain biology and disease, cancer biology and biomedical systems analysis. We offer training in this multidisciplinary environment, which spans basic and translational research, from molecular and cell biology through to disease and population studies. Edinburgh has often been voted as the city offering the highest quality of life in the UK, and is renowned for its affordability and rich cultural life.There are currently around 100 PhD students in training across the IGMM, with a thriving postgraduate society.
The successful applicants will be joining an innovative and exciting 4 year PhD program within the IGMM Graduate School, which incorporates an initial period that includes both academic and practical training in a wide range of research methodology. Short research projects in a variety of labs (in the first 6 months) will help students make informed choices for PhD projects. Each student will then choose their main PhD project with the advantage of having 3.5 years to complete their PhD research. We are also prepared to consider applications for 3 year studentships to be held in specific labs for people with the appropriate background. At least twelve studentships are available of which six will be based in the MRC HGU and the rest in the wider IGMM with different subject streams. These will be available in September 2014. Please note that we also have a number of studentships in computational biology.