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Four-Year Wellcome Trust PhD Training Programme at King’s College London

Four-Year Wellcome Trust PhD Training Programme at King’s College London:

Neuro-Immune Interactions in Health and Disease

We would like to invite you to apply to a ground-breaking new PhD Programme providing interdisciplinary 4-year doctoral training in neuro-immune interactions in a supportive and diverse environment.

Cross-talk between the nervous and immune systems is critical for survival, and disrupted neuro-immune communication is observed in many debilitating conditions, including chronic inflammatory, neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases.

To better understand these conditions, we urgently need a new generation of researchers that are trained to work across fields, using state-of-the-art technologies, cutting-edge science and supervision methods. In line with Wellcome’s new Research Culture (#ReimagineResarch), we are committed to provide scientific excellence in a positive and inclusive working environment. Our programme will develop and share practices that bring science and research culture together, placing both firmly at the heart of our training strategy and your research journey.

We offer:

  • 6 fully funded studentships which include a stipend, university tuition fees, research costs, and funds for travel, training and career transitions.
  • world-class scientific training, provided in a flexible, student-led fashion, by interdisciplinary co-supervisor teams.
  • individualised training and support (including financial) following the PhD to help you transition out of the programme into your chosen career – be it inside or outside of academia.
  • an inclusive training environment: our management team and supervisor pool are diverse and open, and in particular we welcome applicants from communities that are currently under-represented in academia (including but not limited to those from a BAME background).
  • a positive research culture, which includes training on research integrity and data sharing.

Two pathways are available through this course, depending on your background, preference and consultation with the programme directors:

  • 1+3, with three laboratory rotations culminating in an MRes in year 1, followed by a three-year PhD.
  • 0+4, consisting of a 4-year PhD with compulsory training elements in year 1.

On either pathway, you will attend 2 bespoke neuro-immune courses, 6 compulsory core research skills and ethics workshops, a weekly journal club, and individualised research and skills training to enhance either your “neuro” or “immune” knowledge, as required.

Four-Year Wellcome Trust PhD Training Programme at King’s College London

We are looking for:

  • curious and hard-working students from diverse backgrounds with a degree in a relevant discipline, including but not limited to neuroscience, psychology, immunology and inflammation biology. You will require at least an upper second-class degree, or equivalent.

Home, EU and international students are all eligible to apply, but places are limited for EU and international applicants.

For further information, please consult our programme webpages.

How to apply

After checking that you meet the eligibility criteria, please follow the directions available to download from the APPLY NOW link.

Application deadline: 16 November 2020.

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