The University of Sussex is a member of the SoCoBio Doctoral Training Partnership, funded by the Biotechnology and Biosciences Research Council (BBSRC). Successful applicants follow a four-year research skills training programme and will have their UK PhD tuition fees and living allowance (currently £15,285 for 2020-21) covered for the four years.
Number of scholarships: Up to 27 scholarships are available across the consortium.
About the PhD project:
- Selected candidates will have supervisors from at least 2 SoCoBio partner institutions and will follow the 4 year SoCoBio training programme with taught modules and two laboratory rotations in year one.
The advertised projects led by Sussex supervisors are:
- Dynamic modelling of synthetically lethal pathways to enable the development of cancer therapeutics (Industry led project) Dr Frances Pearl
- Characterisation of an atypical kinase regulating bacterial metabolism Dr Stephen Hare
- Brain mechanisms of high-strength alcohol seeking Dr Eisuke Koya
- Assessing impact of leptin peptides and analogues on tau aggregation and toxicity: towards novel therapeutics for Alzheimer’s disease Dr Cristina Pubill Ulldemolins
- Coastal rewilding and food security: understanding restoration pathways using ecoacoustics and environmental DNA (eDNA) Dr Mika Peck
- Exploiting Mycobacterium tuberculosis biofilm-derived phenotypes for transformative novel drug discovery Dr Simon Waddell
- Gaining a better understanding of apoptosis rescue; stabilizing p53 Mutants. Prof John Spencer
- Growing complimentary crops and nutritionally rewarding cultivars to sustain insect pollinators and crop pollination on farms Prof Dave Goulson
- Host plant relationships of insect potential vectors of Xylella fastidiosa Dr Alan J A Stewart
- Integration of visual and modulatory inputs in the early visual system Prof Leon Lagnado
- Mapping APOE and Microglial effects on cognition across the lifespan Dr Sarah King
- Multimodal imaging of selective recollection in youth and ageing Dr Alexa Morcom
- The causes and consequences of sexual reproduction in bacteria Professor Adam Eyre-Walker
- Uncovering the structural and molecular mechanism of CBTF, a key regulatory transcription factor during early embryonic development Dr Erika Mancini
- Understanding the genesis of chromosomal breakpoints: the role of a virus in driving MYC translocations in B cells Professor Michelle West
- SoCoBio studentships are open to UK and Overseas students according to the UKRI student eligibility rules.
- Up to 30% of each cohort of students may be overseas students, but Overseas PhD fees are not covered by the BBSRC scholarship.
- Candidate is counted as a UK student if he/she are : a UK national who has been living in the UK or EU for the three years prior to starting the course; an EU national with Settled Status; an EU national with Pre-Settled status who has been living in the UK for 3 years prior to starting the course; a student will Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK; an Irish National (due to a reciprocal agreement with the UK)
- All other students (e.g. EU nationals moving to the UK to start their PhD) will count as overseas students.
How to apply:
Apply online and provide all supporting documents as follows:
- The SoCoBio DTP Application Questionnaire Form
- Evidence of prior academic qualifications – these will be certificates or transcripts to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements.
- Evidence of English proficiency, if English is not the first language.
|Organization||University of Sussex|
|Subject areas||Biosciences, Engineering, Biotechnology|
|Eligibility||Open to all nationalities|
|Deadline||4 January 2021|