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Four-year Ph.D. Programme, Department of Biochemistry x 2 (Fixed Term)

From Studentships at the University of Cambridge. Published on Jan 23, 2020.

Applications are invited for available studentships for a four-year Ph.D. programme. The Department of Biochemistry is a component of the University of Cambridge School of the Biological Sciences and one of the largest departments in the University. 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 Ph.D. programme's goal is to educate and train the next-generation of doctoral scientists across all aspects of cutting edge biochemical and molecular biological research into the fundamental processes underpinning biological systems, with 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 undertake a 3-month PIPS (Professional Internship for Ph.D. students).

3.All students will benefit from a tailored career development programme designed to broaden their research and professional skills and the opportunity to participate in training and cohort building events with BBSRC and other students.

In addition to her/his direct supervisor, each Ph.D. student will also benefit from a dedicated advisor as well as a graduate thesis panel (GTP) comprising three members of faculty, two of which are chosen by the student. Both the Advisor and GTP serve to support the student. Our Ph.D. programmes offer many opportunities for both specialised training and the acquisition of transferable skills. Further details of our Ph.D. program can be found at

Applicants should have, or shortly expect to attain, a minimum of a UK upper 2nd Honours Degree (or equivalent) in Biochemistry or a related relevant 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 laboratories 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 might undertake.

To find PIs' areas of research see Research Group Heads

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

If you receive support from the PI you should apply using the Applicant Portal which can be found at: 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: These Ph.D. studentships on offer provide full funding coverage the University Composition Fee for Home/EU candidates only, Maintenance (currently £18,500 pa), and an allowance for consumables 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

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 13th February 2020. Interviews will be held in late February.

Please quote reference PH22238 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.

Junior Clinical Training Scholarship (JCTS) in Small Animal Studies

From Studentships at the University of Cambridge. Published on Jan 10, 2020.



Applications are invited for this one year post-graduate training programme based in the Queen's Veterinary School Small Animal Hospital.

Junior Clinical Training Scholars will receive training and tuition as they rotate through anaesthesia, cardiology, diagnostic imaging, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, orthopaedics and soft tissue surgery and be supervised by recognised specialists in each field. Scholars will also have responsibility for primary care cases seen at the hospital's charity clinics, and be involved in supervision and guidance of final year veterinary students. Scholars will be an integral part of the out of hours care of animals within the hospital, especially within the intensive care unit.

Candidates must be Members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and should have the following skills and experience:

Proficiency in neutering of dogs and cats

Competency in performing dental work in dogs and cats

Completion of 1 year in primary care veterinary practice in the UK

For applicants for whom English is not their first language, a score of 7.5 in IELTS (with no element under 7), or a score of 100 in TOEFL (with no element less than 24).

Applicants should supply a completed Junior Clinical Training Scholarship Application Form (JCTS 1), a CV and Covering Letter giving reasons for wishing to undertake the JCTS in the Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge.

Applications should be submitted via e-mail to with the above documents as one attachment, by the closing date stated.

Informal enquiries to Helen Boyle, HR Co-ordinator:

Interviews will be held on Thursday 13 February and Friday 14 February 2020.

Please quote reference PP22072 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 ( 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,

To make an application, please email 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
  • 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:

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.