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Postgraduate Courses and Studentships

PhD studentships on offer in Cambridge and selected opportunities from elsewhere will be advertised here. You are also welcome to browse the research directory and contact potential supervisors directly.

Latest Studentship Opportunities

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[Closes 28 Jan 2018] PhD Opportunity: Pushing the boundaries of 3D printed mechanisms for open source instrumentation Sharing designs for lab instruments as “open source hardware” could bring about a step change in science and medicine, by making high quality instruments more widely available and easier to customise or automate. This is an opportunity for a talented student with a background in Physics, Engineering, or a related discipline, to study for a PhD aligned with the "Open Lab Instrumentation" project that includes the Universities of Bath and Cambridge as well as our partners STICLab in Tanzania.
[Closes 12 Jan 2018] Synthetic Biology Centre for Doctoral Training 2018 Cohort is now open for applications The Synthetic Biology Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) is a collaboration between the Universities of Bristol, Oxford and Warwick. It offers a four-year training programme leading to a PhD. The programme is designed for students with both physical and life sciences backgrounds.
[Closes 27 Nov 2017] PhD on plant gene regulation PhD available with Dr Nicola Patron of the Earlham Institute on design principles for synthetic gene regulation - understanding how cis-regulatory functions are encoded in plant DNA.
[Closes Jan 2017] Studentships available at EPSRC and BBSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Synthetic Biology The EPSRC and BBSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Synthetic Biology (SynBioCDT) is a doctoral training programme that combines the fundamental understanding of biological systems with the principles of engineering, so as to create the next generation of industrial and academic leaders in the nascent field of Synthetic Biology.
[Closes 31 Jan 2017] PhD Studentship: OpenIP strategies for emerging technologies This PhD project with Dr Frank Tietze at the Institute for Manufacturing will be focused on a recent phenomenon that can be labelled “OpenIP”, for instance where large IP owners strategically make IP freely available through patent pledges. These seem to be carefully designed by the companies for different reasons and with a number of restrictions on licensees, such as non-assertion clauses.
[Closes 28 Nov 2016] 4yr PhD at John Innes Centre: Directing biosynthesis of bioactive triterpenes for pharmaceutical applications A four-year PhD studentship is available in Anne Osbourne's lab at the John Innes Centre, Norwich entitled 'Directing biosynthesis of bioactive triterpenes for pharmaceutical applications'
[Closes 20 May 2016] OpenPlant Studentships in plant synthetic biology now open to applications Three fully-funded, four-year PhD studentships are available from the University of Cambridge in association with OpenPlant, a UK Synthetic Biology Research Centre creating open technologies for plant synthetic biology.
[Closes 20 March 2016] PhD Studentship: Microdroplets and Synthetic Biology for Algal Biotechnology Applications are invited for a PhD studentship that forms part of a multidisciplinary, multicentre project "Algal oils by design", which aims to establish microalgae as an industrial biotechnology platform for the production of high value lipids, such as omega-3 fatty acids.
[Closes 4 March 2016] UK-France joint PhD programme includes Synthetic Biology The UK-France joint PhD programme aims to develop research in key areas of mutual interest to France and the UK, including areas of synthetic biology. Expressions of interest for the programme should be submitted by Friday 4 March 2016.
[Closes 23 Nov 2015] PhD studentship in ‘Development of a small scale automated bioreactor platform for AMR product optimisation using a synthetic biology approach’. Loughborough University is inviting applications for a PhD studentship in ‘Development of a small scale automated bioreactor platform for AMR product optimisation using a synthetic biology approach’.

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