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AstraZeneca/Pharmacology 4 year PhD studentship x 3 (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for 4-year PhD studentship funded by AstraZeneca and the Department of Pharmacology. The student will be working on collaborative projects co-led by departmental supervisors and AstraZeneca scientists. Apart from carrying out research, in the first year, the student will have compulsory training in: 1) Statistics, 2) Analysis of Biological Data and 3) Systems Training in Maths, Informatics, Statistics and Computation Biology (SysMIC). The student will join a vibrant research community of PhD students and scientists working on various research themes such as; Cell Signalling, Cancer and Infectious Diseases, Macromolecular Structure, Neuropharmacology and Vascular Pharmacology.

Candidate We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic individual, capable of thinking and working independently. Applicants should have or shortly expect to obtain a minimum of a UK II.i Honours Degree (or equivalent) in Pharmacology or a related subject including Cellular or Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. Competition is intense and the successful applicant is expected to demonstrate high academic achievements. This position is open to UK/EU candidates only.

Funding Full funding covering the University Composition Fee and Maintenance (currently £17,000 pa), is provided for up to 4 years, with effect from 1 October 2020. A maximum of four studentships will be awarded in this application round.

A summary of the projects available can be found at:

Application process

All applications will need to be made through the University Application Portal: for further information about the programme and to access the Applicant Portal. Please note that the course code for PhD applications to Pharmacology is BLPH22. Whilst making your online application please make clear that you are applying for AZ funding and the 2-principal investigators you are interested in working with. Your online application will need to include: - Two academic references
- Transcript
- CV/resume - Evidence of competence in English
If required - you can check using our tool - Statement of interest (1500 characters) - Application cost £65 (you have 3 applications) Informal inquires about individual projects should be directed to the supervisors. Applications need to be submitted by 9th December 2019. Applications will be assessed as and when they are submitted. Interviews will take place between 3rd and 14th, February 2020. Please quote reference PL21290 on your application and in any correspondence about these positions. The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

If you have any questions about this vacancy, please contact Amparo Saez,

Please quote reference PL21290 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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