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 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 offers two places 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 students 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 synchrotron 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 visit the project webpage for examples of projects and details of supervisors. We have many projects available which can be taken as a short term (3-month) rotation or a full PhD project. Email the supervisors if you would like to discuss potential projects, and please email Dr Andrew Jones or Dr Verena Kriechbaumer if you would like to discuss applying.

Visit our webpage for instructions on how to apply.

Deadline for receipt of applications: 12:00 midday UK time on Friday 5 January 2024

Interview date: tbc

Eligibility criteria: Please visit our project webpage for all criteria. The studentship covers bench fees, stipend, and tuition fees. The stipend amount will be confirmed in Spring 2024, the current rate is £18,622.

Start date: September/October 2024

For queries please contact:

Dr Andrew Jones or Dr Verena Kriechbaumer
For administrative queries: hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk