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Wellcome Trust funded four-year PhD programme in ‘One Health Models of Disease:  Science, Ethics and Society’ at the University of Edinburgh

Wellcome Trust funded four-year PhD programme in ‘One Health Models of Disease: Science, Ethics and Society’ at the University of Edinburgh

Application deadline: 12 noon on Thursday 13 January 2022.
Start date: 6 scholarships available for full-time or part-time study starting in October 2022.
PhD stipend: £19,919 per annum, plus travel and research funds and full funding for tuition fees.

Edinburgh Infectious Diseases, with the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society, is delighted to open applications to the third cohort of students on this new Wellcome Trust funded four-year PhD programme.

The programme will start in October 2022 with a deadline for application of 12 noon on Thursday 13 January 2022.

PhD training programme

Genome editing and animal bioscience

Technological advances in genome editing and animal bioscience have potential for huge societal impact, and are opening up enormous opportunities for the development of novel and innovative models of disease at the cellular, tissue and whole animal scale.

This exciting new programme, provides unique training in state-of-the-art techniques for the design and application of new ‘One Health’ models of neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, developmental, and infectious diseases of humans and animals.

Ethics and Society

Central to the programme, students will also receive training in bioethics and social science to allow them to explore the ethical and societal implications of these powerful new approaches.

Visit the programme website for more details

Wellcome Trust funded four-year PhD programme in ‘One Health Models of Disease:  Science, Ethics and Society’ at the University of Edinburgh

Description of programme

Year one: teaching and research rotation projects

Students will undertake a taught course including the principles of the One Health approach and its key social and ethical dimensions. All students will participate in a practical course in genome modification, and a taught module on comparative animal models and in vivo skills. The taught course will also include seminar-based training on the ethical and social implications of genomic technologies in health.

In addition, Year 1 will include two 11-week research projects of the student’s choice, including at least one bioscience project, and the option of one social science/bioethics project.

Years two to four: main research project

At the end of the first year, students will select the research area in which they wish to work for their PhD project. Projects can involve study of model systems, including cellular, tissue, whole animal or in silico, to investigate the pathogenesis of disease in humans or animals.

In addition, PhD projects in social science or bioethics will be offered at the Wellcome Trust-supported Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society. For example projects could address the ethical and regulatory dimensions of developing novel whole animal models, or the ways in which political and public concerns shape research and policy in the area of animal genome editing.

Who should apply?

We are looking for talented and motivated candidates who can demonstrate why they have chosen to apply for this programme, and what skills and attributes they will bring to it.

Given the very broad remit of this programme – from computational modelling to bioscience to bioethics – and the wide range of expected career paths our students will follow, we warmly welcome candidates with diverse academic disciplines, experience and interests. In particular we would like to encourage students from black and other minority ethnic groups to apply.

The programme will have an intake of six students per year, and is open to all students regardless of country of citizenship. Students should have at least a good 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent in a relevant subject.

Please note that this is a basic science programme and candidates who are carrying out clinical or veterinary training are not eligible to apply.


Apply now

All applications must be received by the deadline of 12 noon on Thursday 13 January 2022.


Wellcome Trust funded four-year PhD programme in ‘One Health Models of Disease:  Science, Ethics and Society’ at the University of Edinburgh

Interview

Successful candidates will be interviewed in late February 2022. All candidates that are short-listed must be interviewed. Interviews are likely to be held online.

Contact us

If you have any questions please email the programme administrator: wt-ohmd@ed.ac.uk.