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Four-Year Wellcome Trust PhD Programme in Translational Neuroscience

Four-Year Wellcome Trust PhD Programme in Translational Neuroscience

The University of Edinburgh invites applications to the Wellcome Trust funded 4-year PhD programme in Translational Neuroscience.

We are currently offering up to 6 studentships to start in September 2020. The Wellcome Trust Translational Neuroscience programme combines scientific excellence with a commitment to improving the working environment and transition support for trainees.

We are committed to being part of an evolving community of practitioners who will develop and share practice to bring science and culture together, placing both firmly at the heart of what we do.

About the programme

Created and delivered by Edinburgh Neuroscience, the vision for this PhD programme is to equip a cohort of non-clinical neuroscientists with the expertise in rigorous, cross-disciplinary, cutting-edge neuroscience and a deep understanding of clinical brain disorders, across the lifespan, since both are required to increase success in translation from fundamental to clinical science.

Lack of success in translation, which inhibits the development of effective biomarkers and novel treatments, arises from inadequate consideration of issues such as complex causality, the variability of human disease manifestations, the effects of development and ageing, and the practicalities of clinical trials.

Our programme addresses the lack of opportunity for non-clinical neuroscientists to gain expertise in the complex challenges of clinical research by meeting and interacting with patients and their representatives, and covering the key methodologies required to close translational gaps, including disease modelling, biomarker discovery, experimental and clinical trial design.

We provide mentoring, mental health, careers advice and other support for students; strong ties to external agencies to prepare them for a wide variety of careers; and a wide array of scientific and broader training opportunities for students, early career and established supervisors and mentors.

Wellcome Trust funded 4-year PhD programme in Translational Neuroscience

Programme Structure

During the first year, the students will undertake three research projects, each from a different stage of the life-course from development, through to adolescence/adulthood, and, finally, old age/degeneration. In parallel students will undertake a bespoke training programme that will involve clinical and basic researchers to deliver a range of tutorials and seminars that will lead to an appreciation, and understanding, of life-course disorders and the methodologies used to investigate them. These sessions will provide an opportunity to integrate knowledge from across basic and clinical disciplines and provide a deeper understanding of research at the interface of the bench and the bedside.

Drawing on their experience during the rotation projects, students will develop their own, bespoke, PhD projects towards the end of year one. Students will be co-supervised throughout their PhD by a basic and clinical researcher. During years 2 and 3 there will be continued coaching in life-course disorders/methodologies, building on the year 1 activities. Students will then submit their PhD thesis dissertation by the end of year 4.

Four-Year Wellcome Trust PhD Programme in Translational Neuroscience

Interdisciplinary community

Edinburgh Neuroscience brings together neuroscience researchers from across the University of Edinburgh, from fundamental, clinical, psychological and informatics arenas to provide an outstanding collegiate and dynamic environment in which to undertake cutting-edge research. We are perfectly placed to provide a unique training experience that encourages interaction across disciplines and the life-course.

Application Procedure

We would like to invite applications from outstanding students who wish to develop and advance translational neuroscience research. A generous tax-free stipend, research costs and tuition fees are provided. Students require a minimum of a BSc Hons (at least upper second class) or equivalent in an appropriate discipline (e.g. a biomedical science, psychology).

You can find out more information on our PhD programme webpages.

Applications are submitted using the application form available on our website.

Closing date is Sunday 01 December 2019

Interview date: Monday 27 January 2020


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