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Microbiology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Germany

We have 10 Microbiology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Germany

A PhD in Microbiology would give you the opportunity to conduct an extended piece of research into microscopic organisms, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Most Microbiology projects are laboratory-based and cover a wide range of areas from developing novel therapeutics or innovating point of care tests for diagnosis to understanding the life cycle of a certain fungal species.

What’s it like to do a PhD in Microbiology?

Studying a PhD in Microbiology, you’ll develop a range of specialist laboratory skills particularly in microscopy, aseptic technique, and cell staining. You’ll also become proficient in techniques such as pouring agar plates and have a strong understanding of health and safety that is essential when working with Bunsen burners, which are commonly used in Microbiology. When out of the laboratory, you’ll read the literature surrounding your research topic to identify gaps in the knowledge and discover new methods.

Some typical research topics in Microbiology include:

  • Development of novel antibiotics
  • Studying bacteriophages and their potential use as therapeutics
  • Characterising the microbiome
  • Development of point of care tests for infection diagnosis
  • Investigating fungi life cycle and metabolite production
  • Studying a particular virus

The vast majority of Microbiology projects are advertised with the main aims and general span of the project determined by the supervisor in advance. Many of these have full funding attached, though some may request you find your own funding. Self-funding can be challenging due to the cost of bench fees as well as traditional PhD fees.

Proposing your own research project is rare in Microbiology, partly due to the challenge of self-funding, partly because you must find a supervisor with interests that overlap with your project and who has adequate equipment for practical work.

On a general workday, you’ll be performing experiments in the laboratory, planning out your upcoming work, writing up results and chatting to your supervisor and colleagues about your work. At the end of your PhD, you’ll submit a thesis of around 60,000 words and defend it during your viva exam.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for most Microbiology PhD programmes involve a Masters in a subject directly related to Biology, with some experience in microbiology, at Merit or Distinction level. If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need to show that you have the right level of language proficiency.

PhD in Microbiology funding options

The research council responsible for funding Microbiology PhDs in the UK is the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). They provide fully-funded studentships including a stipend for living costs, a consumables budget for bench fees and a tuition fee waiver. Students don’t apply directly to the BBSRC, you apply for advertised projects with this funding attached.

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Doctoral Researcher (f/div/m) in Adaptive Pathogenicity Strategies

Job Advertisement. Leibniz-HKI-17/2023. The Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology (Leibniz-HKI, investigates the pathobiology of human-pathogenic fungi and identifies targets for the development of novel natural product-based antibiotics. Read more

Fully Funded PhD Positions at the International Max Planck Research School on Cellular Biophysics (IMPRS-CBP)

The International Max Planck Research School on Cellular Biophysics (IMPRS-CBP) invites excellent graduate students in life sciences to apply for Fully Funded PhD Positions. Read more

PostDoc/ Research Associate (f/m/d) in the Research Field Yeast Genetics with Project Coordination Tasks

The. Molecular Plant Nutrition. research group studies the transport and metabolism of mineral nutrients, their effects on phytohormonal regulation and their role in physiological and morphological adaptations of plants to stress or agricultural production conditions. Read more

Structural basis of two-component system signaling

Background: . As bacteria explore new habitats, go to war with competitors or collaborate against common enemies, they rely heavily on intra- and interspecies communication and precise molecular scouting of their environment. Read more

PhD student (m/f/d) in Nutrition, Microbiology and Immunology

In this PhD project (P18), we study the role of sulfate-reducing bacteria in the pathogenesis of inflammation-associated cancer. Incidence rates of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) have increased substantially and IBD patients have a significantly elevated risk of developing colorectal cancer (CRC). Read more

16 PhD Positions in Münster (Germany): Imaging Cellular Processes and Disease

The joint CiM-IMPRS graduate program of the International Max Planck Research School - Molecular Biomedicine and Münster's Cells in Motion Interfaculty Centre offers positions to pursue PhD projects in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics or computer science. Read more

Fully-funded PhD positions in several natural sciences & engineering disciplines

Realize your own project idea or apply for an advertised PhD position within an interdisciplinary network for cutting-edge research!. Read more
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