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Wellcome Trust Immunomatrix in Complex Disease (ICD) 4-Year PhD Studentships 2020

Wellcome Trust Immunomatrix in Complex Disease (ICD) 4-Year PhD Studentships 2020

The Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD in Immuno-Matrix in Complex Disease is a basic science programme at the interface of immunology and matrix biology research. It combines scientific excellence with a commitment to improving the working environment and transition support for trainees. Seven fully-funded studentships are available annually.

Why undertake a Wellcome Trust ICD 4-year PhD?

A bespoke course in immune-matrix, bioinformatics and artificial intelligence. PhD projects at the interface of matrix biology, immunology and complex disease.

A supportive and inclusive research environment focused on team-based research. The opportunity to meet with potential supervisors and experience their labs before choosing your PhD project.

A programme specifically designed to incorporate experience of other careers, including policy, charities, the NHS, industry, government and research in developing countries. A unique opportunity to mentor work experience of care leavers.

Become an active member of the research group and develop your presentation skills, by participating in seminars, keynote lectures, external conferences and public engagement activities.

Commitment to being part of an evolving community of practitioners who will develop and share practice to bring science and culture together, placing both firmly at the heart of what we do.

Programme Structure

You will spend the first seven weeks undertaking a bespoke course in immuno-matrix, bioinformatics and artificial intelligence. This includes a lab boot camp comprising laboratory sessions with all potential supervisors.

Supervisor selection takes place in Week 8. Weeks 9 to 12 are spent on a short project in a co-supervisor's lab, and on developing your project with both of your supervisors.

You will also identify opportunities for a 'silo switch', where you can undertake research in a discipline distinct from your laboratory project to include in your thesis. These silo switches are optional.

Silo switches are available to expose you to an alternative career or way of working.

For example, you may:

  • research the policy implications of your studies on obesity and cancer with local government or NHS;
  • engage in patient surveys on the effectiveness of a therapy relevant to your research question;
  • work to engage the public in your research in collaboration with Manchester Museum.

Silo switches can take place at any time between Years 2 and 3.5 and can be 8 weeks or up to one year.

Funding and stipend

All entrants into this PhD programme receive prestigious funding through the Wellcome Trust to support their training.

Studentships cover the full PhD tuition fees at the home/EU rate, associated research expenses and an annual tax-free stipend (currently £19,919).

Exceptional candidates who qualify as international students will be considered, but must pay the extra overseas fees themselves.

Making an application

Applicants for the 4-year PhD programme should hold (or expect to obtain), a First or Upper Second class UK honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject area. Due to the nature of the funding, candidates must be UK/EU nationals. Prior experience in a laboratory will be an advantage.

If you wish to be considered for a Wellcome Trust PhD studentship and meet our eligibility criteria, you must complete a single online application.

Full details on eligibility and residence criteria are available on the How to apply page.

Initial deadline for Applications: 9 December 2019.

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