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PhD Student Opportunities 2023

PhD Student Opportunities 2023

Begin your academic career with us at the Babraham Institute! We are looking for the scientific pioneers of the future.

At the Babraham Institute we carry out world-leading innovative research into the molecular mechanisms that underlie normal cellular processes and functions. A particular focus is how we age and studying the underlying mechanisms controlling this process, for example how older people respond differently to infection compared to the young. To answer these questions we examine the regulation of gene expression, the control of cell function by signalling processes and the complex cellular interactions that produce an effective immune response.

Students will join our thriving scientific community situated on an attractive parkland campus near Cambridge, with friendly and welcoming colleagues, cross-organisation social events and dedicated postgraduate committee. Our supportive and inclusive postgraduate community is made up of around 50 graduate students. In addition, all students are members of Cambridge University Colleges and also able to participate in University social and academic life.

Students work alongside experienced scientists with a wide range of backgrounds and expertise. You will learn experimental techniques and acquire new abilities in critical thinking, experimental design and hypothesis-driven investigation. Throughout your degree you will experience the collaborative environment, with seminars spanning all research areas, have access to all of our outstanding science facilities, and have the opportunity to network with industry companies that form the wider Babraham Research Campus community.

As well as supporting you to become a world-class experimental scientist, the Institute provides many opportunities to gain transferable skills that can help you towards success on a range of career paths.

More information about our PhD programme including experiences of current students, can be found on our PhD page.

PhD Student Opportunities 2023


If you are a prospective PhD student and interested in epigenetics, immunology or cell signalling then join us for your PhD research. Find out more about the Babraham Institute, Institute Values, our innovative and interactive scientific programmes and get to know some of the people behind the cutting edge research at the Babraham Institute.

A number of studentships are available starting in October 2023. These studentships can be awarded for up to 4 years and funded by a range of University of Cambridge funding schemes, all leading to a University of Cambridge PhD.

PhD Student Opportunities 2023

Funding details

Information about specific funding sources for EU and overseas graduate students at Cambridge, please visit here and the cBBSRC website for details of eligibility and funding. Non-EU nationals must find funding for academic fees and personal support. In cases, where applicants must find their own funding, the Institute will require evidence that the level of funding is at least equal to the standard BBSRC/MRC PhD funding package.

All applications for PhD Studentships at the Babraham Institute need to be made using the University of Cambridge Graduate Application Portal regardless of funding source.

An Equal opportunities employer. Athena Swan Silver Award organisation. An Institute supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

PhD Student Opportunities 2023

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