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Astra Zeneca PhD Studentship in Neurodegenerative Disease

UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology

Monday, October 05, 2020 Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

The Queen Square Institute of Neurology, University College London, UK is pleased to offer a 3 year basic science PhD studentship which can start in November 2020. The PhD studentship is fully funded from AstraZeneca and will be held in the laboratory of Professor Jennifer Pocock, in the Department of Neuroinflammation, in collaboration with the industrial supervisor Dr Damian Crowther, Head of Early Discovery, BioPharmaceuticals R&D, Neuroscience, AstraZeneca, Cambridge, UK. The student will research the role of TREM2 in microglia and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) using state of the art molecular and cellular methodologies including the use of iPSC-derived microglia expressing TREM2 variants linked to AD.


Students must have achieved at least an upper 2:1 in their undergraduate degree in any suitable area such as, but not limited to, Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Cell Biology. An MSc is not a pre-requisite.

Overseas students may apply but will receive funding at Home/EU rates and will need to show evidence of their ability to pay the fee shortfall for the full three years of study (as guidance only, this is currently approximately £19,000 per year).

How to Apply

An application is made by emailing your CV, two letters of support from academic referees (REF), academic transcripts and a personal statement to Professor Jennifer Pocock, . Your personal statement should be no longer than two sides of A4. We require a minimum of FIVE documents as PDF files (or all documents in one merged PDF file SURNAME_FIRST NAME) labelled as SURNAME_FIRST NAME_CV, SURNAME_FIRST NAME_REF1, SURNAME_FIRST NAME_REF2, SURNAME_FIRST NAME_TRANSCRIPTS and SURNAME_FIRST NAME_STATEMENT.

No other documents will be accepted.

All enquiries regarding studying for a PhD at QS should be made to .

Closing date: 5 October 2020 at 10:00am.

Funding Notes

This is a fully-funded 3 year PhD, which covers Home/EU tuition fees and offers a generous stipend starting at £22,278 per year, as well as travel (£2,000 per annum) and consumables funding (£25,000 per annum). Students will normally register for an MPhil in the first instance and transfer to a PhD programme following successful completion of a transfer document, seminar and viva.

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