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PhD studentship scheme at The Rosalind Franklin Institute

PhD studentship scheme at The Rosalind Franklin Institute

Help us change the way we see life

Applications now open!

The Rosalind Franklin Institute is an imaging technologies development institute, funded by the UK government, which harnesses physical sciences to understand both non-communicable and communicable disease and their effects on the body. We drive bold and innovative technology development through interdisciplinary collaborations across our scientific research teams. We harness the physical sciences to develop our understanding of infection and the body’s response to it. This includes building a unique multimodal imaging mass spectrometer and using electron microscopy to allow the imaging of biological molecules in motion.

We are looking for open-minded and driven students to develop and use Franklin technologies in novel, interdisciplinary research spanning our different scientific themes. We are recruiting open-minded students from any scientific, mathematical, engineering or computing discipline to work on the development of instruments across our research teams.

Studying at The Franklin allows you to be part of a novel, research-focused institute, with the added benefit of working with top universities in the UK and leading international companies in a truly innovative programme. Students will also choose their PhD project and partner university at the end of their first year of study.

This is a one-of-a-kind, fully funded, PhD programme, which provides high-level interdisciplinary skills training, individual mentoring, access to industrial collaborations through a team of world-leading supervisors and new laboratory facilities.

Franklin PhD students will have a wide-ranging choice of projects, which will have real-world impact and collaborate with universities and partners across the UK. They will receive an enhanced annual stipend and other benefits shown here.

We are recruiting on a rolling basis throughout the year - please submit your application as soon as you can as there will be ongoing application reviews.

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We look forward to reading about your skills, experiences and motivation in wanting to study with us.

Good luck!

How to apply

Please click here to apply for our 4-year programme (starting October 2024).

We will be recruiting throughout the year to fill our cohort. We look forward to reading about your skills, experiences and motivation in wanting to study with us. Good luck!

International applicants

We welcome applications from international candidates, who bring unique perspectives and experiences to the Franklin. We can offer one international candidate a funded place on our Franklin PhD studentship. The successful international candidate will be registered with University of Edinburgh for the four years, during which time Edinburgh will generously cover international tuition fees. This means that this applicant will not have to pay any fees and will also receive an annual stipend funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Please note that the Franklin cannot fund visa application costs, international flight costs or the immigration healthcare surcharge.


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