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Four-Year Wellcome Trust PhD Programme in Translational Neuroscience

Wellcome Trust Four-year PhD Programme in Translational Neuroscience

The University of Edinburgh invites applications to our 4-year PhD programme in Translational Neuroscience.

We are currently offering up to 6 fully funded studentships to start in September 2022.

The Translational Neuroscience programme combines scientific excellence with a commitment to improving the working environment and support for trainees.

We are committed to being part of an evolving community of practitioners who will develop and share practices bringing science and culture together, placing both firmly at the heart of what we do.

About the programme

Created and delivered by Edinburgh Neuroscience, our vision is to equip a cohort of non-clinical neuroscientists with expertise in rigorous, cross-disciplinary, cutting-edge neuroscience combined with a deep understanding of clinical brain disorders across the lifespan.

Our programme addresses the lack of opportunity for non-clinical neuroscientists to gain expertise in the complex challenges of clinical research by meeting and interacting with patients and their representatives, and covering the key methodologies required to close translational gaps, including disease modelling, biomarker discovery, experimental and clinical trial design.

We provide mentoring, mental health, careers advice and other support for students; strong ties to external agencies to prepare them for a wide variety of careers; and an array of scientific training opportunities for students, early career and established supervisors and mentors.

Wellcome Trust funded 4-year PhD programme in Translational Neuroscience

Programme Structure

During the first year, students will undertake three research projects, each from a different stage of the life-course from development, through to adolescence/adulthood, and, finally, old age/degeneration. In parallel, students undertake a bespoke training programme, involving both clinical and basic researchers, that will lead to an appreciation, and understanding, of life-course disorders and the methodologies used to investigate them. These sessions will provide an opportunity to integrate knowledge from across basic and clinical disciplines and provide a deeper understanding of research at the interface of the bench and the bedside.

Drawing on their experience during the rotation projects, students will develop their own PhD projects towards the end of year one, and will be co-supervised throughout their PhD by a basic and clinical researcher. During years 2 and 3 there will be continued coaching in life-course disorders/methodologies, building on the year 1 activities. Students will then submit their PhD thesis dissertation by the end of year 4.

Four-Year Wellcome Trust PhD Programme in Translational Neuroscience

Interdisciplinary community

Edinburgh Neuroscience brings together neuroscience researchers from across the University of Edinburgh, from fundamental, clinical, psychological and informatics arenas to provide an outstanding collegiate and dynamic environment in which to undertake cutting-edge research. We are perfectly placed to provide a unique training experience that encourages interaction across disciplines and the life-course.

Application Procedure

We would like to invite applications from outstanding students, worldwide, who wish to develop and advance translational neuroscience research. A generous stipend, research costs and tuition fees are provided.

You can find out more information about our PhD programme, including our entry requirements, on our webpages.

Applications are submitted using the application form available on our website.

Closing date is Tuesday 30 November 2021

Provisional Interview date: Monday 24 January 2022

Wellcome Trust Four-year PhD Programme in Translational Neuroscience

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