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The Department of Biology PhD Studentship


A 3-year fully funded PhD studentship

The Department of Biology is offering a fully-funded 3-year PhD studentship for an October 2018 start. Projects in different areas of Biology and Biochemistry are available for application.  The successful candidate will be required to contribute to departmental teaching by undertaking 30 hours/year demonstrating for Biology practicals.

Applications are now under consideration.

Interviews will be held on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 February 2018




Studentship: One 3-year fully funded PhD studentship is available for entry in October 2018. To be considered you need to select a suitable project from the list available and submit an application through the University of York online system. Please check the 'How to apply' tab before submitting your application. 

Value: The studentship is fully funded by the Department of Biology and covers: (i) a tax-free annual stipend at the standard Research Council rate (£14,533 for 2017-2018, to be confirmed for 2018-2019 but typically increases annually in line with inflation), (ii) research costs, and (iii) tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.

Eligibility: UK and EU students only.

Entry requirements: Students with, or expecting to gain, at least an upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, are invited to apply. Please check the 'How to apply' tab for further details.

Shortlisting: Applicants will be notified if they have been selected for interview in the week commencing on Monday 29 January 2018.

Interviews: The interviews will take place at the University of York on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 February 2018. Video interviews can be arranged if absolutely necessary. Candidates will be asked to give a 10 minute presentation prior their interview by an academic panel.

Queries: If you have any queries about a specific project, please contact the appropriate project supervisors, their emails can be found on our academic staff list. If you have any queries related to the application process please contact our Biology Admissions Office

Available projects

Available Projects

Our 3-year fully funded Department of Biology PhD Studentship offers projects across areas of biology and biochemistry.

Applications are now open.

SupervisorsProject TitleResearch Area

Dr Will Brackenbury & Dr Dimitris Lagos

Cancer ion channels and the immune microenvironment

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Cancer / Oncology, Cell Biology / Development, Immunology, Medical / Clinical Science, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience / Neurology, Pharmacology / Toxicology

Dr Paul Fogg & Dr Gavin Thomas

The Impact of Gene Transfer Agents on Bacterial Evolution.

Bioinformatics, Evolution, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Virology

Dr Ville Friman & Dr Daniel Jeffares Unravelling the genetic basis of phage-antibiotic synergy with Ralstonia solanacearum plant pathogen Agricultural Sciences, Bioinformatics, Evolution, Genetics, Microbiology
Dr Darren L Goffin & Professor Miles Whittington Disrupted cortical dynamics in autism spectrum disorders Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Physiology 
Dr Andrea Harper & Professor Ian Bancroft Rising from the ashes: How do trees resist fungal pathogens?  Botany/ Plant Science, Molecular Biology, Genetics
Dr James Hewitson & Dr Dimitris Lagos Regulation of anti-parasite macrophage function by non-coding RNA

 Immunology, Parasitology, Cell Biology / Development, Molecular Biology

Dr Chris MacDonald & Professor Nia Bryant Developing molecular therapy approaches for cystic fibrosis  Biochemistry, Cell Biology/Development, Genetics, Molecular Biology
Dr Luke Mackinder & Dr Gareth Evans Discovering the post translational regulation of the algal CO2 concentrating mechanism

Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Botany/Plant sciences, Biotechnology

Please check the 'How to apply' tab before submitting your application.

How to apply

Before you apply

Applications are made via our "Select" (our University's Online Application Service). Your application can be completed in stages as our online system allows you to save your progress and come back later to finish it. We do not require you to provide a sample of written work.

Academic requirements

Students applying for this research programme should normally have obtained an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent).


Only UK and EU students are eligible to apply.

Selecting a project

Please try to identify a research project that suits you.  This is to ensure a proper match between your research interests and your prospective supervisors. We do not encourage applications to more than one project however we would encourage informal discussions with different project supervisors to help you decide which project to apply to. Contact details for academic staff can be found on each project description.


To submit your application, please click on the 'APPLY NOW' button inside the project description.  This will take you to the University's Online Application Service. Please select '2018 October, Full Time' or '2018 October, Part Time' as your start date and then click on the 'Start application' button. It is very important that you write the title of the project you are applying to and the names of the project supervisors.

After you apply

Once your application has been received, it will be assessed by the appropriate project supervisors. You might be asked to take part in a telephone or skype interview to discuss your suitability for the project. The strongest applications will be then forwarded to the Selection Panel for shortlisting. If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited for a formal interview where you will be required to make a 10 minute presentation to the panel. The interviews will take place at the University of York on a date to be confirmed.  Video interviews can be arranged if absolutely necessary. You will be notified as soon as possible after the interview dates whether your application has been successful, placed on a reserve list, or unsuccessful. If you are successful, you will be required to confirm your intention to accept the studentship within 10 days.

If you have any queries related to the application process please contact our Biology Admissions Office

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