Our long-running flagship Rotation PhD programme is aimed at supporting the most promising independently minded students to undertake in-depth postgraduate research training. The programme involves two internationally respected research institutions in Norwich, UK: the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory. The programme is designed to attract outstanding applicants with excellent academic records who show potential for research at the highest level. Special features of the programme include empowerment to choose three research topics and supervisors for research rotations in the first year.
You will undertake three 10-week research projects with different supervisors located in either of the two partner institutes. You will learn from your fellow rotation students in this multidisciplinary programme through a fortnightly journal club and research presentations at the end of each rotation.
You will be mentored by the programme tutor, a senior academic and a rotation student from the previous year-group. You will rapidly become familiar with a wide range of scientific approaches that encompass genetics, genomics and cell biology through to microbiology, molecular biology, crop science, biological chemistry, applied mathematics, computational biology and systems biology. The objective of the first eight months is for you to gain broad technical and theoretical training prior to the selection of a main research project and supervisor leading to the submission of the highest quality PhD thesis within a total of four years. You will be registered for your degree at the University of East Anglia.
The scholarship is open to UK, EU and international applicants. It covers a stipend of £18,009pa (2019/20 level) plus university registration fees and a generous allowance for research consumables/training.
The deadline for receipt of applications is Thursday 28th November 2019. In-person interviews for short-listed candidates will be held on Wednesday 15th January 2020, with Skype interviews for those that cannot attend being held on Tuesday 14th January 2020.
Programme Directors: Professor Stephen Bornemann and Professor Sophien Kamoun.
The Rotation PhD Programme is supported by the John Innes Foundation together with the participating institutes.