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MRC Enterprise Studentship Programme 2019 (industrial CASE awards)
MRC Enterprise Studentship Programme 2019 (industrial CASE awards)

Oxford-MRC Doctoral Training Partnership

MRC Enterprise Studentship Programme 2019 (industrial CASE awards)

Five industrial CASE (iCASE) studentships are available for doctoral study at Oxford, to start in October 2019. Each iCASE studentship is fully-funded for four years with a stipend of £20,000 p.a., all tuition fees paid, plus a research training support grant. The studentships will be based in the University as part of the Oxford-MRC DTP, and will also involve close collaboration with a commercial partner, including at least 3 months working at the company during the course of the D.Phil. project.

For full details, see: www.medsci.ox.ac.uk/study/graduateschool/mrcdtp/icase2019

Applications must be received by 12 noon (UK time) Friday 11 January 2019.

Project Details

The five projects are:

  1. Using AI to Drive Drug Discovery for Membrane Protein Targets (Lead supervisor Prof Phil Biggin, commercial partner Vertex Pharmaceuticals)
  2. Development of in vitro 3D white adipose cell culture models for investigating white adipose cell biology and genetics of fat distribution (Lead supervisor Prof Roger Cox, commercial partner OxSyBio Ltd)
  3. An Enhanced Transcranial Magnetic Stimulator for Advancing Clinical Neuroscience and Minimally-Invasive Brain Therapies (Lead supervisor Prof Tim Denison, commercial partner Magstim)
  4. Optimisation of co-registered functional near-infrared spectroscopy and electroencephalogram measurement of early childhood neurocognitive development (Lead supervisor Prof Gaia Scerif, Co-supervisor Dr Karla Holmboe, commercial partner Gowerlabs Ltd)
  5. Targeting TFEB to correct autophagy/lysosomal deficits in Parkinson’s disease (Lead supervisor Prof Richard Wade-Martins, commercial partner Biogen)

Structure and Organisation of the Programme

Designed to nurture the academic entrepreneurs of the future, the Enterprise studentship programme offers a stimulating educational experience as part of the Oxford-MRC DTP cohort, with the additional benefit of working closely with a non-academic partner. This will provide industrial training opportunities and an insight into how commercial science is conducted alongside a superb academic base within the University.

Eligibility and Entry Requirements

To be eligible for a full award, applicants must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and must have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. Further details about residence requirements may be obtained here.

Details on Entry Requirements can be found here.

How to Apply

Before applying for these positions we recommend you contact the lead supervisors for informal discussions. To make a formal application, please complete the University’s online application form for the DPhil in Biochemistry (course code RD_BC1). In your application, you must indicate that you are applying for an advertised studentship competition, using the reference code iCASE. Please indicate clearly which project(s) you are applying for, in order of preference. It is possible to apply for up to 3 MRC iCASE projects on your application. You will need to provide a CV outlining your academic achievements and relevant experience, and a personal statement (500 words max) detailing your interest and fit for the studentship. Note that no project proposal is required for the iCASE studentship applications. If you have any specific queries about the iCASE application process, please email [email protected].

All applications must be received by the deadline of 12 noon (UK time) Friday 11 January 2019.

We expect to interview shortlisted applicants in February and to make offers by the end of February. Successful applicants will be rerouted onto the appropriate DPhil course for their chosen project.


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