Do you want to make a difference in patients’ lives? Are you interested in combatting major global infectious diseases? Do you want advanced training in molecular biology, microbiology, genomics, host-pathogen interactions and/or immunology? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then you should consider the MRes-PhD studentships offered by the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology at the University of Exeter (MRC CMM).
The MRC CMM is a world-leading research centre recently relocated to the University of Exeter that is helping to tackle the major global threats to human health caused by fungal diseases.
The MRC CMM hosts an interdisciplinary group of internationally renowned scientists who study both the host and the fungal pathogen, and is one of the largest such Centres in the world.
The mission of the Centre is to facilitate pioneering cross-disciplinary research to substantially advance our understanding of life-threatening fungal infections. These advances will impact patient lives through improved prevention, diagnosis and treatments.
These four-year studentships start with a 1-year Master of Research (MRes) degree that provides a solid theoretical and practical foundation in fungal infectious disease, including one research project on host-pathogen interactions and a second on fungal pathogen biology. On successful completion of the MRes, students then progress to their 3-year PhD, choosing their cross-disciplinary PhD project from a broad selection of peer-reviewed proposals. Students also receive additional research skills training, personal and career development opportunities, funding for travel to conferences and workshops, and support from mentors who provide independent career advice. Successful applicants will benefit from our vibrant, friendly and collegiate atmosphere, and the interdisciplinary nature of the world-leading science being performed in our Centre.
If English is not your first language, you will need to have achieved at least 6.5 in IELTS (and no less than 6.0 in any section) by the start of the programme. Please click here for further information.
Please provide a copy of the degree certificate and transcript for each previous degree undertaken, a copy of your English language proficiency certificate (if relevant), and contact details of two referees who can comment on your previous academic performance (at least one should be from your current degree programme). Please include your CV and a personal statement stating your future ambitions and how this MRes-PhD programme will enable you to achieve those ambitions.
Application deadline: January 13th 2019
Interviews: Mid-February 2020