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University of Exeter’s Living Systems Institute

University of Exeter’s Living Systems Institute - PhD Studentships 2021/22

About the Award

Understanding and manipulating living systems requires the ability to control how cells behave in a precise and specific manner. Discoveries that will ultimately lead to successful applications are likely to emerge from research in the context of the whole living system. This requires a new generation of scientists who are trained to think and experiment beyond traditional boundaries. The recently established Living Systems Institute provides this opportunity by housing world leading Biologists, Physicists, Mathematicians, Computational Scientists and Engineers who work together using cutting-edge technologies. We wish to recruit highly motivated and imaginative students from across the full range of disciplines to join our thriving community of over 50 PhD students.


Fully funded PhD projects are available for home, EU and overseas applicants. This includes payment of tuition fees, a personal stipend for 3.5 years (currently £15,285 per year 2020/21) and a training budget. We also welcome applications from candidates who can provide partial or full-funding from other sources.

University of Exeter’s Living Systems Institute

Training and Research Culture

The variety of research in The Living Systems Institute provides a multitude of training opportunities. Our interdisciplinary training programme includes physical, mathematical and computational analyses of living systems alongside exposure to the latest techniques in Biological sciences. You will join a friendly, diverse and international community of students who create a vibrant research culture. Within the programme, PhD student-led seminar series’, journal clubs and discussion groups are aimed at developing peer-to-peer learning, discourse and support.

Research Themes

  • Biosensing: elucidating and exploiting the modalities by which biological systems sense and respond to their environments
  • Physics of Living Systems: combining biology, physics and mathematics to reveal the organisation and dynamics of living systems
  • Engineering Biology: deconstructing and reconstructing biological phenomina from molecular and cellular component parts
  • Modelling: developing and analysing mathematical models to explain and predict function and dysfunction in biological systems

Application Deadline

The deadline for applications is midday Monday 11 January 2021.

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