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The MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) PhD funded programme

The MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) PhD Funded Programme

"The discoveries and therapies of the future are only possible if we nurture our promising talent in the present" - Prof Massimo Palmarini - CVR Director

Annual stipend: £15,245

Start date: October 2020

Deadline: 6th January 2020

The MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) PhD funded programme

Viral diseases kill many millions of people each year and are a significant global challenge to human health and prosperity. We have created a specialised MRC programme to train the next generation of scientists and leaders in virology research. There has never been a better time to train as a virologist and the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) funded programme is the place to do it.

The CVR is a world-leading virology research institution. We are the largest dedicated virology centre in the UK and are amongst the largest in Europe. The CVR spans a complex of buildings that seamlessly blend purpose-built virus containment facilities with state of the art imaging and sequencing facilities that are tied together by a community of investigators with a wealth of expertise, knowledge and experience.

Nurturing the next generation of leaders in virology is a key mission of the CVR. We have tailored a competitive PhD programme that is delivered by leaders in their field. Our interests range from classical human pathogens to emerging viruses and arboviruses, with research areas covering antiviral responses, virus-host interactions, molecular virology, structural virology and virus discovery. We investigate a wide range of important human and animal pathogens, from influenza and herpesviruses to rabies and arboviruses such as bluetongue, dengue and Rift Valley fever.

Our four year PhD programme begins with a two week introductory course in virology. This taught course ensures that all students have a fundamental understanding of modern virology as well as an overview of the practical and bioinformatics approaches that can be applied to the study of viruses. The course consists of seminars and practical classes delivered by CVR Group Leaders, and allows our new PhD students to get to know the groups and people in the CVR before beginning their research work.

Find out more about the CVR MRC PhD funded programme, the lab you could work in and the research you could be doing and the viruses we study. All this can be found here.

Eligibility

There are strict eligibility criteria for the CVR MRC PhD programme. Students from the UK (UK passport holders) are eligible. EU students (EU citizens) are eligible for this programme only if they have been ordinarily resident in the UK for the three years (continuously) prior to the start of the studentship (commencing the first week in October). Exceptional EU students not meeting this residency requirement should email their CV directly to us ([email protected]) for circulation to potential supervisors with alternative funding sources. EU and UK students wanting to join the CVR are eligible to apply for the University of Glasgow MVLS DTP (where many CVR PIs offer projects). Students from any country in the world can also apply to CVR-based projects by applying to the University of Glasgow's Wellcome Trust PhD programme in Integrative Infection Biology.

We will consider any UK graduate (meeting the residency requirements above) with a minimum 2:1 BSc degree usually in a biological discipline. Previous laboratory experience in virology and/or molecular biology is advantageous.

We will consider any UK graduate (meeting the residency requirements above) with a minimum 2:1 BSc degree usually in a biological discipline. Previous laboratory experience in virology and/or molecular biology is advantageous.

Click here for details of how to apply to the CVR PhD programme.

The MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) PhD funded programme

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