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Functional analysis of neuropeptide signaling in non-bilaterian animals, Zoology, Cell Biology – PhD (Funded)

Project Description

This is a PhD funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

Location: Living Systems Institute, Streatham Campus, Exeter

Academic Supervisors:
Professor Gáspár Jékely (
Dr Kirsty Wan (

The University of Exeter’s College of Life and Environmental Sciences is inviting applications for a PhD studentship fully-funded by the Leverhulme Trust to commence in June 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. For eligible students the studentship will cover UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £14,777 for 3.5 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. The student would be based in the Living Systems Institute in at the Streatham Campus in Exeter.

Project Description:

The successful applicant will work in the field of neuropeptide signalling and nervous system evolution.

The post will include the analysis of the function of neuropeptide signalling-molecules in non-bilaterian animals and will include live cell imaging, behavioural analysis and in vitro receptor deorphanisation.

The Living Systems Institute is an interdisciplinary institute with 30 research groups in the areas of biology, physics and mathematics. The new LSI building provides state-of-the-art laboratories for cell and molecular biology research, specialist technical facilities including four laser labs and a cryo-electron microscopy suite, dedicated research offices for computational scientists, as well as a variety of flexible meeting spaces.

Funding Notes

This award provides annual funding to cover UK/EU tuition fees and a tax-free stipend. For students who pay UK/EU tuition fees the award will cover the tuition fees in full, plus £14,777 per year tax-free stipend. Students who pay international tuition fees are eligible to apply, but should note that the award will only provide payment for part of the international tuition fee and no stipend.
The studentship will be awarded on the basis of merit for 3.5 years of full-time study to commence in June 2019.

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