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PhD Studentships at the Wellcome-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science

From Studentships at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 09, 2019.

Applications are invited for PhD studentships based at the Wellcome-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science-Metabolic Research Laboratories (IMS-MRL) (https://www.mrl.ims.cam.ac.uk/) and its embedded MRC Metabolic Diseases Unit, a cross-departmental research institute on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

At the IMS, we aim to develop and train the next generation of scientists with the knowledge and skills to make real advances in understanding the fundamental mechanisms through which metabolic health is maintained and how it is disturbed in obesity and related metabolic and endocrine diseases.

Scientific approaches include fields as diverse as biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, physiology, neuroendocrinology, systems biology, computational biology and population genetics, with the wide range of training and researcher development activities available maximising competitiveness for future opportunities.

All students have a principal supervisor and an advisor, and take part in a career development programme that includes

  • weekly 'Hot Topics' and technical sessions
  • seminars by local, national and international speakers
  • professional skills training courses

all designed to further develop both research and professional skills.

Students are encouraged to present their research at group meetings and seminars within the IMS-MRL and at local, national and international conferences and symposia.

Student feedback 2018: I thoroughly enjoy working at the Metabolic Research Laboratories. The facilities are excellent and there are lots of talks from inspirational speakers from both within and outside the department to increase your breadth of knowledge. The strong community of students, senior researchers and administration staff here at the Metabolic Research Laboratories is amazing and there is a range of support available to students during their project and beyond.

Please note that if you wish to be considered for University of Cambridge funding competitions then you must submit your application form by 7th January 2020.

Fixed-term: 36 months.

Application process: Before applying you should identify one or more labs in which you might wish to study, then make informal contact with the principal investigator(s) to ensure they support your application.

To see the range of research areas see Principal Investigators

https://www.mrl.ims.cam.ac.uk/research/principal-investigators/

Please e-mail the following information when making informal contact with a PI: Your CV (max two A4 pages), including contact details of 2 academic referees. A covering letter (max two A4 pages) highlighting (a) your research interests, (b) what you hope to achieve by studying for a PhD, and (c) why you wish to study in this particular lab at the IMS.

Applications are considered for entry throughout the year, although to be considered for Cambridge Trust funding competitions your application must be submitted by 7th January 2020.

Full details, including how to apply, are available:

https://www.mrl.ims.cam.ac.uk/postgraduate-study-at-the-mrl/phd-and-mphil-opportunities/

Please quote reference RG21760 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Potential Research Fellows

From Studentships at the University of Cambridge. Published on Dec 06, 2019.

The Department of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge is seeking to host early career researcher who have the ambition to start an independent research group with an externally-funded fellowship.

The Department has more than 40 research group (bioc.cam.ac.uk/research) with interests that fall broadly into the following areas:

  • Chemical biology and drug design
  • Disease biology
  • DNA and chromatin biology
  • Molecular microbiology
  • Plant biochemistry and bioenergy
  • RNA biology
  • Signalling and trafficking
  • Systems biology

We offer a dynamic environment where our research programmes benefit from state of the art facilities in structural biology, bioinformatics, biophysics, cryo-EM, protein analysis, biological mass spectrometry and DNA sequencing, with complementary facilities housed in neighbouring departments and institutes within the School of Biological Sciences.

If you are interested in obtaining the Department's support, prior to submitting your application, you should first discuss your research ideas with a relevant departmental group leader, https://www.bioc.cam.ac.uk/research/uto.

To make an application, please email fellows@bioc.cam.ac.uk by 9am on Monday 3rd February 2020 with the following:

  • A CV including a list of publications (highlight the three publication that you consider to be most significant)
  • Two reference send directly to fellows@bioc.cam.ac.uk
  • A two page outline of your intended research programme
  • A statement of why you would like to work in the Department
  • A brief outline of the facilities you would need during a Fellowship

We are particularly keen to receive applications from women and ethnic minorities

Informal enquiries can also be sent to: fellows@bioc.cam.ac.uk.

Shortlisted applicants will be informed by Monday 17th February and will be invited to the Department to give a seminar on Monday 2nd or Tuesday 3rd March 2020.

Successful candidates will be offered comprehensive support for the preparation of their Fellowship application.

Target fellowships schemes include: The Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale Fellowship, Medical Research Council Career Development Award, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council David Phillips Fellowship, Cancer Research UK Career Development Fellowship, Royal Society University Research Fellowship, Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship.

For individuals returning to research after a career break: Wellcome Trust Career re-entry Fellowship, Daphne Jackson Fellowship.

Studentship in the field of Phycology (Fixed Term)

From Studentships at the University of Cambridge. Published on Nov 27, 2019.

The Ralph Lewin - F E Fritsch Prize Studentship in the field of Phycology is available to UK and EU citizens. The Department of Plant Sciences, in conjunction with Downing College, is offering a range of projects in the field of phycology. Candidates are encouraged to review the projects on the Department's website and to contact potential supervisors directly for further details. For details see: https://www.plantsci.cam.ac.uk/ We are also happy to devise a project with you if you have suitable research interests that we share in phycology. Please contact a prospective supervisor to develop a project proposal before applying. The studentship is typically tenable for up to three years and includes the University Composition Fee, a contribution towards research expenses and a living allowance at the standard UK Research Council Doctoral stipend levels (£15,009 2019/20 rate). The award is conditional upon the recipient becoming a member of Downing College for the duration of the studentship and being registered for a PhD at the University of Cambridge. Applicants to the Department of Plant Sciences must have: 1. at least a 2.1 in an Honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent standard from an overseas university; 2. two outstanding academic references; and 3. competence in the English language. For full details of the University's entrance requirements see the Graduate Admissions website: www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/application-process/entry-requirements. Applicants are automatically considered when applying for postgraduate study by the University's Graduate Funding Competition deadline which is 12:00 BST on 7 January 2020. Applicants need to select Downing College as their first choice College when making an application. Please note that to be considered, applicants must have uploaded all required supporting documentation by this date, including references. Applications should be made via the University's Graduate Admissions Office: https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/application-process/how-do-i-apply Please note that there is an application fee. For details see: https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/application-process/how-do-i-apply/application-fee If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Plant Sciences' Graduate Student Administrator (email: pgadmin@plantsci.cam.ac.uk)

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

Please notice that if you have not received any news from us 1 month after the closing date you should consider that on this occasion your application has not been successful.

Please quote reference PD21647 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

PhD Studentship

From Studentships at the University of Cambridge. Published on Nov 26, 2019.

Award

A fully-funded Alzheimer's Society award.

Project

A 3-year fully-funded PhD position is available through the Alzheimer's Society scheme in UK Dementia Research Institute at the University of Cambridge.

The project aims to identify the components of the intrinsic cellular machineries for handling aggregation-prone proteins, and characterise circumstances in which these machineries are activated, with the view to identifying new therapeutic targets to ameliorate/prevent the aggregation load in neuronal cells (associated with neurodegenerative diseases). The project stems from in-house developed technology enabling detection of failures in the protein-folding quality control system with high space-time resolution, and its ability to visualise the existence of the aggregation-resolving activity in live cells.

Student will develop the experimental models for monitoring protein quality control and aggregation in live iPSC-derived neurons, and analyse the activity of the intrinsic systems applying a range of biochemical, molecular biology and advanced light imaging techniques. Along with molecular biology/biochemistry, the work will involve training in light microscopy techniques such as Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging, super-resolution microscopy and single particle tracking using state of the art optics and software. This work will be conducted with support of interdisciplinary collaborators including physicists and computer scientists, enabling optical tools, mathematical modeling and data analysis.

The successful student will develop skills in biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, and advanced microscopy and image analysis. Students from disciplines other than biological sciences, who have a numeric aptitude and a strong interest in developing those skills are welcome to apply too (an academic background in mathematics, statistics, or computer science would be of interest).

The student will be based in the UK DRI, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Clifford Allbutt Building, at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The supervisor's research group is an interdisciplinary team studying organelle biology in neuronal cell function and neurodegeneration, supported by a network of international and local collaborations.

Supervisors

Dr. Edward Avezov

Second supervisor: Prof. Giovanna Mallucci

Entry requirements

Award type and eligibility

Full studentships (UK/EU tuition fees and an enhanced stipend of £16,000.00 [tax-free] for 3 years for UK/EU students subject to eligibility criteria (below). Please read the eligibility criteria carefully before applying.

This is a fully funded, 3 -year PhD studentship commencing 1-April 2020.

To be enrolled on the PhD programme, applicants should have (or expect to obtain) at least 2:1 honours degree or equivalent.

Enquiries should be addressed to Dr. Edward Avezov at ea347@cam.ac.uk

Applications should be made via the standard admissions procedure on the University's Graduate Admissions website (http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/how-do-i-apply ) please select Easter 2020 as the start term and PhD in Clinical Neurosciences as the course.

Please include Dr. Edward Avezov as the Supervisor's name on application and the reference number. There is no need for a research proposal but a brief summary of what you want to work on will be sufficient under "Research Summary".

Deadline for applications for this studentship is 14 January 2020. There is a fee of £65.00 to apply which is not refundable.

Interviews are likely during week commencing 10 February.

Any queries relating to the application process should be sent to Shannon Tinley- Browne at pgneurosci@medschl.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference ZE21632 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Four Year (1+3) PhD Programme in Stem Cell Biology & Medicine

From Studentships at the University of Cambridge. Published on Nov 18, 2019.

https://www.stemcells.cam.ac.uk/JoinUs/Students/MRes-PhDProgramme

Stem Cell Biology

Stem cells are defined by the dual capacity to self-renew and to differentiate. These properties sustain homeostatic cell turnover in adult tissues and enable repair and regeneration throughout the lifetime of the organism. In contrast, pluripotent stem cells are generated in the laboratory from early embryos or by molecular reprogramming. They have the capacity to make any somatic cell type, including tissue stem cells.

Stem cell biology aims to identify and characterise which cells are true stem cells, and to elucidate the physiological, cellular and molecular mechanisms that govern self-renewal, fate specification and differentiation. This research should provide new foundations for biomedical discovery, biotechnological and biopharmaceutical exploitation, and clinical applications in regenerative medicine.

Cambridge Stem Cell Community

The University of Cambridge is exceptional in the depth and diversity of its research in Stem Cell Biology, and has a dynamic and interactive research community that is ranked amongst the foremost in the world. By bringing together members of both the Schools of Biology and Medicine, this four year PhD programme will enable you to take advantage of the strength and breadth of stem cell research available in Cambridge. Choose from over 25 participating host laboratories using a range of experimental approaches and organisms.

Programme Outline

During the first year students will: - Perform laboratory rotations in three different participating groups working on both basic and translational stem cell biology. - Study fundamental aspects of Stem Cell Biology through a series of teaching modules led by leaders in the field. - Learn a variety of techniques, such as advanced imaging, flow cytometry, and management of complex data sets.

Students are expected to choose a laboratory for their thesis research by June 2021, and will then write a research proposal to be assessed for the MRes Degree in Stem Cell Biology. This assessment will also be used to determine whether students continue on to a 3-year PhD.

Physical Biology of Stem Cells

Incorporated into the 'Stem Cell Biology' Programme, opportunities are available specifically for candidates with a Physical, Computational or Mathematical Sciences background, wanting to apply their training to aspects of Stem Cell Biology *. Great inroads have been made towards understanding how stem cells generate tissue and sustain cell turnover, most of which have been made by studying the biochemistry of stem cells. Less is known of their function across scales - from molecules to tissue - or interaction with their physical environment. We aim to identify the importance of physical, chemical, mathematical and engineering considerations in stem cell functionality. This could include mathematical modelling, engineering controlled environments to control stem cell function, single molecule approaches to study molecular interactions, systems biology, or investigating stem cell's response to forces in its environment.

Eligibility

We welcome applications from those who hold (or expect to receive) a relevant first degree at the highest level (minimum of a UK II.i Honours Degree or equivalent). You must have a passion for scientific research.

Stem Cell Biology and Medicine Programme (funding by Wellcome)

Five places are available on this Programme each year. We welcome application from EU and non-EU candidates. Wellcome provide full funding at the 'Home/EU' rate. Funding does not include overseas fees, so non-EU applicants will need to find alternative funding sources to cover these.

'Physical Biology of Stem Cells' Programme (funding by the MRC*)

We also have MRC-funded places available on this Programme, for UK/EU candidates with a Physical, Mathematical or Computational Sciences background, interested in applying their training to aspects of Stem Cell Biology. *The Medical Research Council provide full funding for UK applicants only. Applicants from EU countries other than the UK, are generally eligible for a fees-only award. Please check your eligibility status at https://www.mrc.ac.uk/skills-careers/studentships/studentship-guidance/student-eligibility-requirements/ before applying.

Application Process

Visit https://www.stemcells.cam.ac.uk/JoinUs/Students/MRes-PhDProgramme for full details, including how to apply.

Enquiries are welcome via email to sci-phd@stemcells.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference PS21526 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

PhD Studentship (Fixed Term) - Department of Genetics

From Studentships at the University of Cambridge. Published on Nov 15, 2019.

A PhD Studentship supported by the KAUST Fund for Biological Sciences is now available within the Department of Genetics starting October 2020. Funding will cover the University Composition Fee at the Home/EU rate and a stipend at the UKRI rate for 4 years.

The list of available projects can be found at https://www.gen.cam.ac.uk/postgraduate/kaust-phd-studentship and potential applicants are strongly advised to make an informal approach to the relevant Supervisor before applying.

Applications should be made via the University's Graduate application system available at https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/application-process/applicant-portal-and-self-service-account by 5pm on Monday 6th January 2020.

Applicants must have at least a 2.1 in an Honours degree or equivalent (e.g., CGPA 3.5/4.0) in a relevant subject; two excellent academic references as well as fluency in the English language. For more details of the University's entrance requirements see the Graduate Admissions website via the following link https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/

Candidates of any nationality/residency may apply, but a successful Overseas applicant would need to secure additional funds from other sources to cover the higher fee level. The most current estimates of costs can be found on the Graduate Admissions fees page (http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance)

If you have any questions please in the first instance forward your enquiry to our Departmental Graduate Education Administrator genda@gen.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference PC21515 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

PhD Studentship - Interface between embryonic development and physics

From Studentships at the University of Cambridge. Published on Nov 12, 2019.

The Wellcome/Cancer Research UK Gurdon institute is a leading institution in basic research of development and cancer, embedded in the first-class interdisciplinary environment of the University.

Applications are invited for a 4-year PhD studentship in the group led by Dr Fengzhu Xiong, on a project titled Tissue mechanics in body axis symmetry. For further information about Dr Xiong's group, please go to https://www.gurdon.cam.ac.uk/research/fengzhu-xiong

Xiong Lab is interested in the role and regulation of tissue mechanics in morphogenesis (shape change) during development. We integrate a variety of tools from imaging to soft matter physics with the long-term goal of quantitatively predicting morphogenesis. Early vertebrate embryos increase the length of the body significantly during somitogenesis while maintaining straightness. The cell dynamics and tissue forces that prevent axis curvature remain unknown. The project will involve: observing and analysing the dynamics and variability of tissue symmetry and cell behaviours in avian embryos; performing microsurgeries and quantitative tissue force measurements to understand the mechanical constraints on the body axis; developing computational models linking signalling, cell dynamics to tissue mechanics to assess robustness of symmetry. A variety of other projects on tissue mechanics are possible, depending on the student's interest and background. The student is expected to complete the PhD thesis in the fourth year of study.

Applicants must have (or expect to obtain) a Bachelor's or Master's degree in developmental biology, genetics, physics and/or engineering disciplines relevant to the project. Motivation, creativity and intellectual independence are desirable as are excellent communication skills with the ability to work collaboratively. This project includes full funding for University and College fees and a stipend. Applicants are encouraged to seek external funding sources. For example, applicants eligible for various scholarships at Cambridge (https://www.cambridgetrust.org/scholarships/) should submit a copy of the application through the University portal and select the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience graduate course (https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/blpdpdpdn) before the deadline.

To apply, please send the following as a combined PDF file to jobs@gurdon.cam.ac.uk, please indicate "Application - PR21447" in your email subject:

  • CV (PDF file listing awards and honours, publications and research/work experiences),

  • Copy of your undergraduate transcript (and certified English translation if applicable)

  • A research writing sample (e.g., a publication, undergraduate or masters dissertation, internship project report, etc)

  • A statement of interest (limit of 2,500 characters) should explain your research career motivation and how this PhD training will help you improve your knowledge and skills.

In addition, please arrange 3 recommendation letter to be sent to jobs@gurdon.cam.ac.uk directly from the referees with the reference number PR21447 and your name in the title.

The closing date for applications is 7 January 2020, with interviews expected to take place in February.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 4 years in the first instance.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. Benefits include generous maternity/paternity leave, flexible working and funds for returning carers and other family friendly schemes. The Gurdon Institute is committed to equality and diversity in the workplace, for more information go to https://www.gurdon.cam.ac.uk/wed/SWAN

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact jobs@gurdon.cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference PR21447 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

AstraZeneca Studentship x 3 (Fixed Term)

From Studentships at the University of Cambridge. Published on Nov 07, 2019.

Applications are invited for a four-year PhD programme through the generous support of AstraZeneca. The Department of Biochemistry is a member of the School of the Biological Sciences and one of the largest departments in the University of Cambridge. The Department is especially strong in research with investigators of international standing in a wide range of disciplines including structural biology, molecular enzymology, cell signalling and control of gene expression, molecular microbiology, plant molecular biology and bioenergy, cancer and cardiovascular biology.

The programme aims to educate and train the next-generation doctoral scientists in all aspects of cutting edge biochemistry research which in the department focuses on the fundamental processes of biological systems, with a particular emphasis on understanding at the molecular level.

  1. Students awarded places on the programme will join a specific research group from the outset and undertake a research project agreed with the principal investigator.

  2. All students will have the opportunity to spend some time conducting research at the AstraZeneca Global Research and Development Centre in Cambridge.

  3. All students will receive a tailored career development programme and an AstraZeneca-based project supervisor (in addition to a Biochemistry-based supervisor), designed to broaden their research and professional skills.

In addition to her/his direct supervisor, each PhD student will also have an advisor and a graduate thesis panel comprising three members of faculty, two of which are chosen by the student. Our PhD programmes offer many opportunities for both specialised training and the acquisition of transferable skills. Further details of our PhD program can be found at https://www.bioc.cam.ac.uk/graduate/new-graduates.

Applicants should have or shortly expect to obtain a minimum of a UK II.i Honours Degree (or equivalent) in Biochemistry or a related subject. Competition is intense and successful applicants will demonstrate very high academic achievements. We are looking for highly motivated, enthusiastic and industrious individuals who are capable of thinking and working independently.

Application process: You should identify one or more labs in which you might wish to study, then make informal contact with the principal investigator(s) to ensure they are potentially able to supervise you, and to understand the research project you would undertake.

To find PIs' areas of research see Research Group Heads http://www.bioc.cam.ac.uk/people/uto.

When making informal contact with the PI, please e-mail the following information to them:

  1. Your CV (max two A4 pages), with full contact details of 2 academic referees.

  2. A covering letter (max two A4 pages) highlighting (a) your research interests, (b) what you hope to achieve from the programme, (c) your career aspirations beyond the programme, and (d) why you wish to undertake this programme in the Department of Biochemistry.

The email addresses of the PIs can be found at http://www.bioc.cam.ac.uk/graduate/apply

If you receive support from the PI you should apply using the Applicant Portal which can be found at:

http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/how-do-i-apply. You can only submit one application with one PI for consideration. Multiple applications with different PIs will not be accepted. Fully completed applications (including references) must be submitted by the deadline.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 4 years in the first instance.

Funding - Full funding covering the University Composition Fee for Home/EU candidates only, Maintenance (currently £18,500 pa), and an allowance for consumables is provided for up to 4 years, with effect from 1st October 2020.

If you have any questions please in the first instance forward your enquiry to our Graduate Admissions Administrator at pg-entry@bioc.cam.ac.uk.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 9th January 2020. Interviews will be held on 23rd and/or 24th January 2020.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Please quote reference PH21395 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

PhD studentships x 11 (Fixed Term)

From Studentships at the University of Cambridge. Published on Nov 06, 2019.

The Department of Pathology has an excellent reputation in pure biological and biomedical research and is offering eleven fully funded* studentships from October 2020 to work with one of the Research Group Leaders in this large and vibrant Department.

Funding* will cover the student's stipend at the current Research Council rate and University Fees. The studentships will be funded for three years in the first instance subject to eligibility**, with the possibility of additional funding in the fourth year depending on circumstances.

The list of available projects is shown below. Applicants can select up to a maximum of three supervisors/projects, although this is not a requirement. Applicants should hold or be about to achieve a First or Upper-Second (2.i) class degree in a relevant subject. Additionally, the Department requires that by the time of interview all potential students must have fulfilled the language requirements for admission. (http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/blpapdpth/requirements)

Supervisors and Projects available for October 2020:

Dr Andrew Blagborough - Dissecting the role of protein disulphide isomerase in plasmodium, and targeting function to block malarial transmission

Professor Ian Brierley - Investigating the regulation of coronavirus sub-genomic mRNA transcription, translation and the impact on the host response to infection

Professor Nick Coleman - MicroRNA dysregulation in malignant germ cell tumours: more than a biomarker?

Professor John Doorbar - The cellular origin of Human Papillomavirus associated Neoplasia

Dr Brian Ferguson - How is viral DNA sensed by human cells?

Dr Valeria Lulla and Dr Andrew Firth - A newly discovered protein encoded by enteroviruses: from mechanism to application

Dr Bidesh Mahata - Immune cell-mediated steroidogenesis in regulating cancer immunity

Dr Rahul Roychoudhuri - High-throughput discovery of mechanisms underlying tumour immunosuppression using functional genetics

Professor Geoffrey L Smith - Inhibition of innate immunity by vaccinia virus: a discovery tool for host restriction factors

Dr Liz Soilleux - Development of a high throughput butyrophilin analysis, to complement a holistic immunological analysis tool for clinical diagnosis/prediction of prognosis

Dr Richard Hayward - Dissecting inclusion biogenesis - the specialised intracellular replicative compartment of Chlamydia trachomatis

Full details of the projects and how to apply are available from the following link: http://www.path.cam.ac.uk/graduate/fully-funded-studentships

*The studentships are available to UK nationals and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements. Further information about your fee status can be found at the following website: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance/fees/what-my-fee-status.

Applications from ineligible candidates will not be considered. Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance. The closing date for applications is 1 January 2020. Interviews will be held during the week commencing 20 January 2020.

General queries regarding these positions should be directed to graduate.studies@path.cam.ac.uk or Izzy Starkey 01223 333872.

Please quote reference PK21381 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

PhD Studentship: Ancient genetics of rice resilience to environmental stressors

From Studentships at the University of Cambridge. Published on Oct 23, 2019.

We invite applications for a 3-year PhD studentship, funded by the Carlsberg Foundation, to start in April 2020 to work in Prof Eske Willerslev's Geogenetics Group on the project: 'Ancient genetics of rice resilience to environmental stressors'.

A student stipend of £15,009 per annum and EU/Home tuition fees will be offered to a successful candidate.

Rice is the staple food for more than half of the world's population, making it one of the most important crops today and the foreseeable future. The International Rice Research Institute has recently reported that rice production will need to increase by 25 per cent over the next 25 years to meet global demand for the grain. However, current climate change is posing a major challenge to achieving this target. One key strategy to improve the resilience of rice crops to increasing environmental threats is by genetic modification, i.e., introduction of new alleles into existing rice breeds. While the introduction of extant wild type alleles into domesticates is a well-established practice, the use of 'lost' alleles from ancient genotypes remains unexplored. This is a major oversight if we consider that rice domestication dates back at least 10,000 years before the present, and that during this time period rice has been exposed to climatic perturbations comparable to those projected for the future. A promising approach for identifying the 'lost' alleles is to reconstruct the genomes of ancient breeds and ancient wild types and track their changes in response to varying selection pressures over time.

This project will examine the basis of genetic resilience of rice to environmental perturbations using ancient DNA from fossil pollen. The project will involve state-of-the-art ancient genomic techniques, both for wet lab and computational analysis. You will reconstruct, for the first time, ancient rice genomes from pollen DNA preserved in lake sediment cores and use this data to search for previously unknown genetic variants in rice genome that have been under positive (natural or artificial) selection over the last 10,000 years. You will then compare the identified variants under selection against a series of available environmental records in order to pinpoint those genetic variants that are likely associated with rice persistence to climatic perturbations and pathogen/pest pressure.

Some fieldwork in Asia may be necessary.

References:

Gutaker RM, Groen SC, Bellis ES, Choi JY, Pires IS, Bocinsky RK, et al. Genomic history and ecology of the geographic spread of rice. bioRxiv. 748178 (2019).

Pont C, Wagner S, Kremer A, Orlando L, Plomion C, Salse J. Paleogenomics: reconstruction of plant evolutionary trajectories from modern and ancient DNA. Genome Biol. 20(1):29 (2019).

Parducci L, Jørgensen T, Tollefsrud MM, Elverland E, Alm T, Fontana SL, et al. Glacial Survival of Boreal Trees in Northern Scandinavia. Science. 335:1083-6 (2012).

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Professor Eske Willerslev (ew482@cam.ac.uk) or Dr Ana Prohaska (ap989@cam.ac.uk) before submitting an application.

Applications should be made on-line via the Cambridge Graduate Admissions Office: https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/application-process/how-do-i-apply

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years.

Please quote reference PF21210 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

PhD Studentship - Biology&Ecology of Asia - 2020/21 (Fixed Term)

From Studentships at the University of Cambridge. Published on Oct 08, 2019.

A PhD Studentship in the Biology and Ecology of Asia, covering the University Composition Fee at the Home/EU rate, a stipend at the UKRI rate for 4 years, and £5k pa towards research costs for 3 years, is offered at the Department of Zoology (University of Cambridge) to start in October 2020. Candidates must carry out research that is relevant to the biology and ecology of Asia. Projects on offer can be found on the list of available projects. Applicants are also invited to suggest their own projects; please visit our research pages (https://www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/research) for more information on our supervisors and their research areas.

For more information please visit our website via the following link: https://www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/study/postgraduate

Eligibility: Applicants to the Department of Zoology graduate programme must have:

  1. at least a 2.1 in an Honours degree or equivalent (e.g., CGPA 3.5/4.0) in a relevant subject

  2. two excellent academic references

  3. fluency in the English language- recent IELTS test with an overall band score of at least 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in speaking, listening and writing, and 6.5 in reading.

For more details of the University's entrance requirements see the Graduate Admissions website via the following link http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/students/gradadmissions/prospec/studying/entryreq/

Candidates of any nationality/residency may apply, but a successful Overseas applicant would need to secure additional funds from other sources to cover the higher fee level. The most current estimates of costs can be found on the Graduate Admissions fees page (http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance).

Application procedure: To be considered for these studentships, candidates must have applied to the University of Cambridge via this link (https://www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/study/postgraduate) by 12 noon on 7 January 2020 We would advise candidates to contact their proposed supervisor directly before applying.

Please note that to be considered, you must also have uploaded all of your supporting documentation by this date.

Interviews are likely to be held in February/March 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Zoology - Graduate Administration team (graduate@zoo.cam.ac.uk)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 4 years.

Please quote reference PF20997 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

PhD Studentships in Marine Biology - 2020/21 x 2 (Fixed Term)

From Studentships at the University of Cambridge. Published on Oct 08, 2019.

Two PhD Studentships in Marine Biology, covering the University Composition Fee at the Home/EU rate, a stipend at the UKRI rate for 4 years, and £5k pa towards research costs for 3 years, are offered at the Department of Zoology (University of Cambridge) to start in October 2020.

Candidates must carry out research that is relevant to marine biology. Projects on offer can be found on the list of available projects. Applicants are also invited to suggest their own projects; please visit our research pages: www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/research for more information on our supervisors and their research areas.

At least one of these studentships will be under the supervision of Dr James Herbert-Read (www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/directory/dr-james-herbert-read).

For more information please visit our website: www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/study/postgraduate

Eligibility:

Applicants to the Department of Zoology graduate programme must have: 1. at least a 2.1 in an Honours degree or equivalent (e.g., CGPA 3.5/4.0) in a relevant subject 2. two excellent academic references 3. fluency in the English language ¿ recent IELTS test with an overall band score of at least 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in speaking, listening and writing, and 6.5 in reading.

For more details of the University's entrance requirements see the Graduate Admissions website: www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/application-process/entry-requirements.

Candidates of any nationality/residency may apply, but a successful overseas applicant would need to secure additional funds from other sources to cover the higher fee level. The most current estimates of costs can be found on the Graduate Admissions fees page www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/finance.

Application procedure:

To be considered for these studentships, candidates must have applied to the University of Cambridge (following the normal application process: www.zoo.cam.ac.uk/study/postgraduate) by 12 noon on 7 January 2020.

We would advise candidates to contact their proposed supervisor directly before applying.

Please note that to be considered, you must also have uploaded all of your supporting documentation by this date.

Interviews are likely to be held in February/March 2020

If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Zoology - Graduate Administration team (email: graduate@zoo.cam.ac.uk)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 4 years.

Please quote reference PF20999 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.