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Fully funded Wellcome Trust PhD studentships

Fully funded Wellcome Trust PhD studentships available for entry in Autumn 2018

The Wellcome Trust - University of Nottingham & University of Birmingham Joint 4 Year PhD Training Programme in Antimicrobials & Antimicrobial Resistance

The emergence, spread and persistence of multi-antibiotic resistant bacteria is considered by the World Health Organization as one of the greatest global threats to human health. Consequently there is an urgent need to better understand antimicrobial resistance and to discover new strategies for preventing and treating infections.

This requires a thorough understanding of the basic molecular and chemical biology of bacterial pathogens and the evolution, impact and spread of resistance, requiring insights from the physical sciences and mathematics as well as the life sciences. The Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Centre in Antimicrobials and Antimicrobial Resistance is designed to train the next generation of multidisciplinary research scientists. The programme is a partnership between the Wellcome Trust, University of Nottingham, and the University of Birmingham led by Professors Paul Williams (Nottingham) and Ian Henderson (Birmingham). It will incorporate our complementary multidisciplinary research strengths and will be centred on the Centre for Biomolecular Sciences and the Institute of Microbiology and Infection.

Students awarded a place on the programme will undertake a 4 year MRes+PhD doctoral training programme (DTP). The first (MRes) year will include three different rotations, dedicated teaching sessions and a short placement to highlight the problems of antimicrobial resistance, antibiotic discovery and development encountered by clinicians and industry. PhD students appointed to the programme will be based primarily at either University of Nottingham or University of Birmingham but will undertake at least one of their rotations at the partner Institution.

Please see our websites for further information on our supervisors, research themes and more information about the Programme, including instructions on how to apply:

University of Birmingham

University of Nottingham

Alternatively please email:

The deadline for applications for Autumn 2018 entry is Sunday 26th November 2017.

There will be a 2 stage selection process with proposed interview dates being held as follows:

Stage 1: Monday 18th December 2017 in Birmingham

Stage 2: Thursday 4th & Friday 5th January 2018 in Nottingham

Fully funded Wellcome Trust PhD studentships