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PhD Studentship: How do herpesviruses remodel intracellular membranes to assemble virus particles?

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, February 25, 2018
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship position co-funded by the Department of Pathology and Diamond Light Source to commence from October 2018. The studentship will be funded for three years in the first instance, with the possibility of additional funding in the fourth year.

The successful candidate will join a collaboration between the laboratories of Dr Stephen Graham and Dr Colin Crump at the University of Cambridge, and Dr Maria Harkiolaki at Diamond Light Source, to investigate how herpesviruses remodel membranes during infection. This project brings together two world-leading research institutes to combine cutting-edge super-resolution fluorescence microscopy, cryo X-ray tomography (cryoXT), biochemistry and cell biology approaches to probe the molecular details of how herpesviruses remodel
membranes during infection.

Candidates should have a first or upper second class degree in biochemistry, cell biology or biological/medical science and should possess excellent written and oral communication skills. The post-holder should be highly motivated and able to work as part of a team.

Funding will cover the student’s University Fees and stipend of £16,772.00 in year 1, with the student stipend increasing by approximately 1.5% each year, and will include allowances for travel to/from Diamond Light Source and conference attendance. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in both Cambridge and at Diamond during their studentship, with the expectation that the student will have spent 50% of their time at each site by the end of their studies. The studentship is only available to UK nationals and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements*. The Department requires that by the time of interview all potential students must have fulfilled the language requirements for admission (for more details see: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/blpapdpth/requirements).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Applications from ineligible candidates will not be considered.

Full details of the project and how to apply are available at the following link: https://www.path.cam.ac.uk/graduate/cambridge-diamond-studentship

Closing date for applications is 25th February 2018. Informal enquires regarding this studentship may be made to Dr Stephen Graham: . General queries should be directed to or 01223 333940.

* Further information about the UK residency requirements and your fee status can be found at the following website: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/fees/what-my-fee-status

Please quote reference PK14513 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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