Four-year PhD Programme - (SBS-DTP) (Fixed Term)

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Cambridge, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 22 Jan 2021

The Department of Biochemistry the University of Cambridge has great research breadth and strength in disciplines including structural biology, molecular enzymology, cell signalling and control of gene expression, molecular microbiology, plant molecular biology and bioenergy, cancer and cardiovascular biology. This work focuses on the fundamental processes of biological systems, with particular emphasis on understanding at the molecular level. This doctoral training programme (DTP) educates and trains the next-generation scientists.

1. Students will join a specific research group and undertake a research project agreed with the principal investigator.
2. All students will have the opportunity to undertake a PIPS (Professional Internship for PhD students) of 3 months.
3. All students will receive a tailored career development programme designed to broaden their research and professional skills and participate in training and cohort building events with other students.

In addition to a primary supervisor, each PhD student will have an advisor and a postgraduate thesis panel comprising three members of faculty.

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. We are looking for highly motivated, enthusiastic and industrious individuals who are capable of thinking and working independently. The studentships are available to students who meet the UK residency requirements. Further information about your fee status can be found here: .

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

Find PIs' areas of research at

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

  • Your CV (max two A4 pages), with full contact details of 2 academic referees.
  • 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. Please search in the Course Directory for 'PhD in Biochemistry'.

    Funding: A stipend of £18,500 will be provided for up to 4 years from 1 October 2021. This funding also covers the University Composition Fee (Home fees) and Maintenance and an allowance for consumables.

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

    Closing date for applications: 22nd January 2021.  Interviews held: 4th and 5th February 2021.

    Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

    If you have any questions please in the first instance forward your enquiry to our Graduate Admissions Administrator at

    Please quote reference PH25255 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.

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