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PhD studentship: Development Mechanisms x 5 (Fixed Term)

Developmental biology is a remarkably cross-disciplinary area of biomedical research that spans traditional departmental boundaries and many different technologies, such as molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, imaging and bioinformatics. This field is increasingly significant in the era of readily available genome sequences, because functional studies of development are essential to decipher the roles of many genes, and will be invaluable if we are to reap the benefits of this wealth of new information. A major challenge now is to find more powerful, systematic and quantitative ways of investigating how this genetic information is translated into morphogenetic instructions, and to analyse how these instructions generate and are modulated by the forces that shape tissues and organs. Our PhD programme embraces this challenge and offers a powerful opportunity to explore the mechanisms underlying key developmental processes

Why Cambridge?

The University of Cambridge is exceptional in the depth and diversity of its research in developmental biology, and has a dynamic and interactive research community that is ranked amongst the foremost in the world. By bringing together members of four different Departments and the Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, this 4-year PhD programme will enable you to take advantage of the University's exceptional strength in this area. Cambridge has a strong track record of research at the interface between the physical and biological sciences, and we have enlisted members of the Departments of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Physics as co-supervisors for students wishing to undertake projects at the developmental biology/physical sciences interface. Choose from over 40 host laboratories and the whole range of experimental approaches and model organisms.

Programme Outline

During the first year students will: - perform laboratory rotations in three different participating groups working on at least two different experimental organisms; - learn fundamental aspects of developmental mechanisms through a series of teaching modules and experimental approaches sessions given by leaders in the field; - take an Impacts and Communications course that puts developmental research in context; - learn a variety of techniques such as advanced imaging. Students are expected to choose a laboratory for their thesis research by June 2019, and will then write a research proposal for the PhD. Together with three rotation reports and a review essay, this proposal will be assessed for the MPhil degree.

Collaborating Institutions - Department of Biochemistry - Department of Genetics - Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience - Wellcome Trust/Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute - Department of Zoology For further information on the programme and participating departments see:

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 4 years in the first instance. Studentships begin October 2018.

The deadline for applications is 04 January 2018, and interviews are to be held on the 22/23 January.

Please see for full instructions on how to apply.

Please quote reference PM13766 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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