The London Interdisciplinary Biosciences Consortium is one of the largest BBSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnerships in the UK.
Representing an exciting collaboration between six of London's world-class universities and specialist institutions, the consortium provides students with a unique opportunity to pursue innovative interdisciplinary research projects in the heart of one of the world's most vibrant cities.
In the first year of the programme students will undertake two 4-month research projects in different partner institutions, selecting from a catalogue of over 100 topics, each associated with a thesis project. The choice of PhD topic is finalised after the second rotation project when students will be well placed to make an informed, considered, decision.
Research opportunities are available in a wide range of areas including Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Immunology, Development, Physiology, Structural Biology, Chemical Biology, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Genetics, Ageing and Evolution. Examples of some of the projects available can be found on our website: www.lido-dtp.ac.uk/
In addition to the rotation projects, all students will receive advanced training and courses to provide fundamental and advanced mathematical, computational and statistical skills for interdisciplinary and systems biology research. Informed by their background and intended career direction, students will also take a course in either the principles of biology or bio-business.
All DTP students undertake a compulsory 3-month professional internship placement (PIP) during their PhD. This provides experience of the wider economic and social contexts and careers within which the research and transferable skills developed during their PhD programme can be usefully employed. Current students have secured a diverse range of placements, both in the UK and overseas, including learned societies, museums, biotech companies and science communication and policy organisations.
Supporting our extraordinary teaching and research-intensive environment is a framework of robust cohort building activities, culminating each year in the student academic retreat. This popular residential event is designed and planned by students, for students.
We are currently recruiting for 30 fully funded studentship places to start in September 2015; this includes home/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend in the region of £16,000.
We invite applications from highly motivated students with a wide range of academic backgrounds including biological, physical, computational, engineering or mathematical disciplines. Applicants must hold, or be expected to achieve, a first or high upper second class honours degree (or equivalent), an MSci or other Masters degree.
Applications to the London Interdisciplinary Biosciences Consortium are handled through UCL and all applicants must complete a UCL Graduate Student application form. You will first be required to register and create an account.
Once you have registered please sign-in and follow the on-screen instructions. When searching for the programme, select 'Division of Biosciences' for the department you're applying to. Then select programme code RRDBISSBLI01 and programme title, 'London Interdisciplinary Biosciences PhD Consortium'.
The application window will close on 23rd January 2015 and early application is strongly advised.