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The Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership

The Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership

The Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) programme is a 4-year DPhil*/PhD programme that aims to equip a new generation of researchers with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle the most important challenges in bioscience research.

We provide an innovative, individually-tailored training programme that includes taught courses in interdisciplinary skills and the opportunity for students to undertake two exploratory research projects with prospective supervisors in their first year before choosing their main 3-year research project. Students also undertake a 12-week professional internship to gain direct experience of the areas of work into which they can apply their skills.

Oxford Brookes University are offering a place on the BBSRC funded DTP within the Department of Biological & Medical Sciences in the areas of plant cell biology, mammalian cell biology, molecular biology, parasitology and bioimaging. The successful candidate will enjoy access to our state of the art facilities, including newly refurbished laboratories and bioimaging suite.

In addition to their choice of PhD project at Oxford Brookes University, the student will be able to undertake their exploratory research projects at any of the seven world-class research institutions that make up the DTP:

  • University of Oxford, coordinators of the DTP
  • Oxford Brookes University, a partner with the University of Oxford in developing regional excellence in bioscience research
  • Pirbright Institute, the UK’s national centre of research into viral diseases of livestock and viruses that spread from animals to humans
  • Diamond Light Source, the UK's national synchrontron science facility
  • ISIS, which provides national capabilities for neutron science
  • STFC Central Laser Facility, which provides state-of-the-art laser technology for experiments in physics, chemistry and biology
  • The Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH), is a multidisciplinary laboratory specialising in research using Diamond, ISIS and the Central Laser Facility at Harwell
  • The Rosalind Franklin Institute, is a new national institute dedicated to bringing about transformative changes in life science through interdisciplinary research and technology development.

The programme is supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) with additional support from within the Partnership.

Please see below for potential supervisors and visit the webpage for instructions on how to apply.

We have many projects available which can be taken as a short term (3-month) rotation or a full PhD project. The following supervisors are offering exciting projects; for further information click on the link to visit their lab website. Email the supervisors if you would like further information about projects they have on offer.

Supervisor Project
Alison Forhead Fat fetuses: endocrine control of adipose tissue development
Barbara Jennings Transcriptional Regulation Group Research Interests
Sebastian Kittelman The function of nuclear receptors in transcriptional regulation
Verena Kriechbaumer Plant organelle structure and function
Dianne Newberry & Maike Kittelman Using C. elegans to study gene important for neuronal development
Paul Potter Analysing critical factors in mitochondrial complex I assembly
Jordi Solana Studying animal stem cells and regeneration cell by cell
Jack Sunter Using unicellular eukaryotes to study flaguellum

Project descriptions may be found on the webpage: The Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership

Deadline for receipt of applications: 12 noon on 6 June 2022

Interview date: 13 or 14 June 2022

Eligibility criteria: The studentship covers bench fees, stipend, and tuition fees

Start date: September/October 2022

Bursary is approximately £16,062 for academic year 2022/23

Applicants require a good Honours degree level equivalent to a UK degree BSc (minimum 2.1 or higher).

Any queries please contact:

Dr Andrew Jones: ajones@brookes.ac.uk

For administrative queries: hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk

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