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Wellcome Trust 4-year Programme in Optical Biology at UCL

Wellcome Trust 4-year Programme in Optical Biology at UCL

Develop and apply state-of-the-art optical techniques to solve important biological questions.

Be a part of a positive and inclusive research environment and help us change the future of science.

Applications are invited for places on the Wellcome Trust 4-year Programme in Optical Biology at UCL.

Optical Biology is an interdisciplinary field that involves developing new optical technology for studying the interaction of light (i.e. photons) with biological organisms, tissues, cells, and molecules in order to solve fundamental biological questions.

The Wellcome Trust Optical Biology PhD programme combines scientific excellence with a commitment to supporting an outstanding working environment and career development for trainees. The programme brings together world-leading neuroscientists, cell biologists, physicists, chemists and computational scientists at UCL, with renowned industrial and academic partners, to deliver an integrated training programme in the most advanced optical methods and analysis tools.

Wellcome Trust 4-year Programme in Optical Biology at UCL

In the first year, students have the opportunity to carry out rotations in 2-4 laboratories of their choice, selected from projects offered by the 60+ laboratories participating in the programme. The first year also includes bespoke training in optical methods and analysis techniques as well as discussion sessions and debates on wider issues in science.

At the end of the first year the PhD laboratory is selected for years 2-4 of the programme. Bespoke training opportunities continue throughout this period and include the opportunity to learn essential skills and/or to gain access to specialised pieces of equipment via 3-month internships with a wide range of industrial or academic partners.

Successful candidates for the Optical Biology PhD programme will receive a starting stipend of £22,278, increasing to £26,839, in year four. Additional funds for career transition placements are available at the end of the PhD stipend to facilitate progression along a student’s chosen career path.

We are strongly committed to developing a positive research culture and providing students with the support they need to succeed.

For further details about the programme and for details on how to apply see the optical Biology webpage:

Any queries, please send to [email protected].

The closing date for applications is Friday 13th December 2019 and interviews will be held in late January.

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