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Job Opportunities


PhD studentships x 11 (Fixed Term)

The Department of Pathology has an excellent reputation in pure biological and biomedical research and is offering eleven fully funded* studentships from October 2020 to work with one of the Research Group Leaders in this large and vibrant Department.

Funding* will cover the student's stipend at the current Research Council rate and University Fees. The studentships will be funded for three years in the first instance subject to eligibility**, with the possibility of additional funding in the fourth year depending on circumstances.

The list of available projects is shown below. Applicants can select up to a maximum of three supervisors/projects, although this is not a requirement. Applicants should hold or be about to achieve a First or Upper-Second (2.i) class degree in a relevant subject. Additionally, the Department requires that by the time of interview all potential students must have fulfilled the language requirements for admission. (

Supervisors and Projects available for October 2020:

Dr Andrew Blagborough - Dissecting the role of protein disulphide isomerase in plasmodium, and targeting function to block malarial transmission

Professor Ian Brierley - Investigating the regulation of coronavirus sub-genomic mRNA transcription, translation and the impact on the host response to infection

Professor Nick Coleman - MicroRNA dysregulation in malignant germ cell tumours: more than a biomarker?

Professor John Doorbar - The cellular origin of Human Papillomavirus associated Neoplasia

Dr Brian Ferguson - How is viral DNA sensed by human cells?

Dr Valeria Lulla and Dr Andrew Firth - A newly discovered protein encoded by enteroviruses: from mechanism to application

Dr Bidesh Mahata - Immune cell-mediated steroidogenesis in regulating cancer immunity

Dr Rahul Roychoudhuri - High-throughput discovery of mechanisms underlying tumour immunosuppression using functional genetics

Professor Geoffrey L Smith - Inhibition of innate immunity by vaccinia virus: a discovery tool for host restriction factors

Dr Liz Soilleux - Development of a high throughput butyrophilin analysis, to complement a holistic immunological analysis tool for clinical diagnosis/prediction of prognosis

Dr Richard Hayward - Dissecting inclusion biogenesis - the specialised intracellular replicative compartment of Chlamydia trachomatis

Full details of the projects and how to apply are available from the following link:

*The studentships are available to UK nationals and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements. Further information about your fee status can be found at the following website:

Applications from ineligible candidates will not be considered. Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance. The closing date for applications is 1 January 2020. Interviews will be held during the week commencing 20 January 2020.

General queries regarding these positions should be directed to or Izzy Starkey 01223 333872.

Please quote reference PK21381 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.