We invite applications for a PhD studentship in the Higgins lab, in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London for an October 2016 entry. The PhD position is fully funded for UK/EU candidates. Non-EU applicants can apply but will be required to show evidence that the difference between the overseas fees and UK/EU fees will covered by other sources.
The position is funded by the British Skin Foundation, and will focus on using in vitro based models to understand early steps in early human skin development. Specifically, the successful candidate will focus on elucidating the cell autonomous and non-cell autonomous cues that result in condensate formation prior to hair follicle development. The condensation process is critical for hair development, however the precise mechanism by which condensation results in the establishment of a cluster of cells capable of directing hair follicle development remains unknown. Candidates with an interest in microdissection, epigenetics, stem cells, cell identity, cell fate and tissue development should apply. After the completion of the programme, candidates will have learnt a range of molecular biology and cell biology techniques suitable for academic and industry related careers.
Applicants should have an MEng, MSc or MRes (or equivalent research experience/qualification) in bioengineering, biological or natural sciences. We are looking for highly motivated applicants with excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills but most importantly enthusiasm for exposure to new techniques and approaches, and a passion for excelling in their specialism.
To apply for this position, please email a single PDF file including: a (2 page max) cover letter describing your interests and research experience, your CV, a copy of transcripts, and names and contact information of two references to Dr Claire Higgins ([email protected]
) with the subject line “BSF-PhD”. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with priority given to applications received prior to February 22nd 2016.