Edinburgh Infectious Diseases, with the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society, is delighted to open applications to the first cohort of students on this new Wellcome Trust funded four-year PhD programme.
The programme will start in October 2020 with a deadline for application of 12PM on Thursday 16 January 2020.
Students on the programme will receive 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 – as well as in the ethical and social dimensions of these techniques.
Alongside the main PhD project, this innovative and versatile programme combines core training in relevant experimental techniques, bioethics and social sciences. There are also options to undertake external internships, depending on the interests of individual students.
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 aspects and implications of animal research, and the application of genomic technologies in health.
In addition, Year 1 will include two 12-week research projects of the student’s choice, including at least one bioscience project, and the option of one social science/bioethics project.
At the end of the first year, students will select the research area in which they wish to work for their PhD project. In collaboration with their chosen supervisor, they will develop their programme of research. Projects can involve development or application of model systems, including cellular, tissue, whole animal or in silico, to investigate the pathogenesis of important diseases of 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.
We are looking for highly motivated candidates with at least a good 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent in a relevant subject.
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 encourage candidates from a variety of academic disciplines, experience and interests to apply.
The programme will have an intake of six students per year, and is open to all students regardless of country of citizenship. All students will have their fees paid in full, and receive a generous starting stipend of £19,919 per annum - plus travel and research funds.