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THE MAYFLOWER STUDENTSHIP A Prestigious Fully funded PhD Studentship in Bioscience

   Biological Sciences

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  Prof L Holden-Dye  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

This provides an exciting and novel opportunity to undertake training in research and education whilst studying for a PhD in the biosciences discipline of your choice at a world-leading Russell Group University. The project is funded for 4 years. Funding will cover UK fees and a stipend at current research council rates. Due to funding restrictions this position is only open to UK applicants.

Interviews will be held in person in December 2022.

The start date is flexible and may either be January 2023 or October 2023

You will join our vibrant community of more than 100 postgraduate students in the School of Biological Sciences with world-leading expertise spanning ecology and evolution, plant sciences, computational and systems biology, microbiology, molecular bioscience, structural biology, developmental biology and neuroscience. We are highly committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and proud to hold an Athena Swan Silver Award. We welcome applications from all candidates with an interest in the role, and those who are committed to helping us create an inclusive work environment. Due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. We encourage applications from candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, people who identify as LGBTQ+ and people with disabilities. University benefits include onsite childcare facilities, state-of-the-art on-campus sports, arts and culture facilities, a full programme of events and a range of discounts.

The successful applicant will select their research topic from a list of project titles and PhD supervisors in the disciplines of genomics, neuroscience, developmental biology, cell biology, structural biology, cancer biology. Provisional titles are:

"Gendering bone: Using phage display to expose sex specific drug targets for bone health and to address current health inequalities" supervisors Dr Claire Clarkin and Dr Franklin Nobrega [Email Address Removed]

 "Can targeting a highly druggable nuclear PPIns pathway restore the differentiation capacity of aged satellite stem cells" supervisor Professor Nullin Divecha [Email Address Removed]

"Unravelling the role of the neuroinflammatory protein S100A9 in the onset of Parkinson’s Disease" supervisor Dr Phil Williamson [Email Address Removed]

 "Integrated experimental and computational approach to understand Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) regulatory networks in tumour invasion and lung fibrosis" Supervisor Dr Yihua Wang [Email Address Removed]

"Leveraging an invertebrate model to determine the molecular function of the conserved TUBBY-LIKE PROTEINS" supervisor Dr Herman Wijnen [Email Address Removed]

Genomic analysis of climate resilient crops” Supervisor Dr Mark Chapman [Email Address Removed]


Interviews will be held in person in December 2022.
The start date is flexible and may either be January 2023 or October 2023
You will have:
• a first or upper second-class hours degree in a relevant life sciences discipline
• an enthusiasm and competence to engage in a research project leading to the award of PhD
• an enthusiasm and competence to engage in education broadly in your research discipline (including but not limited to supervising undergraduate project students) for up to 10 weeks of the academic year in years one to three of the PhD programme leading to the award of Associate Membership of the Higher Education Academy
• a relevant repertoire of experience in practical laboratory work
• an enthusiasm and aptitude to learn new experimental techniques
• an excellent attitude to health and safety
To apply please submit an application here (mentioning ‘Mayflower project’ under ‘Topic or field of research proposed’):
Academic enquiries should be made to the supervisors listed above, or to James Dillon or Marcin Przewloka
Any queries on the application process should be made to
• a willingness to undertake training relevant to the role

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