Overview

BBSRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership in Mechanistic Biology 

Departments of Biology and Chemistry

8 four-year fully funded PhD studentships 

This prestigious BBSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) brings together the very best molecular, chemical and cellular bioscience research across the White Rose Consortium of Universities (Leeds, Sheffield and York), which maps on to the research themes of the BBSRC. Students will benefit from a regional PhD training programme that has interdisciplinary collaboration at its core. The aim is to enable students to develop a range of research skills in biological and biochemical areas as well as equip them with core mathematical, data analysis and generic professional skills that are necessary for bioscience research in the coming decades. At York, the White Rose Partnership brings together researchers from the Departments of Biology and Chemistry spanning different research centres (BPSI, CII, CNAPJBU, YCCS, YESI, and  YSBL).

Our 4-year fully funded PhD programme in Mechanistic Biology offers projects aligned with the BBSRC strategic priorities in Food Security, Bioenergy and Industrial Technology and World Class Bioscience. 

Applications for 2019 entry will open soon 

 

Studentships

Studentships

Studentships: 9 four-year fully funded PhD studentships will be available soon on this prestigious programme for entry in October 2019. 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 studentships are fully funded by BBSRC and cover: (i) a tax-free annual stipend at the standard Research Council rate (£15,004 estimated for 2019 academic year), (ii) research costs, and (iii) tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.

Eligibility: The studentships are available to UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements. Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award. Further information about eligibility for Research Council UK funding can be found at the following website: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/documents/studentship-eligibility-pdf/

Entry requirements: Students with, or expecting to gain, at least an upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, are invited to apply.  The interdisciplinary nature of this programme means that we welcome applications from students with backgrounds in any biological, chemical, and/or physical science, or students with mathematical backgrounds who are interested in using their skills in addressing biological questions. 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 28 January 2019.

Interviews: Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview to take place at the University of York on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 February 2019. Candidates will be asked to give a 10 minute presentation prior to 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 biol-pg-admissions@york.ac.uk

Available projects

Biology Projects (PhD in Mechanistic Biology) - projects for 2019 entry will be advertised soon

Closing date for applications: Monday 7 January 2019

SupervisorsProject TitleResearch Area
    Biochemistry, Biophysics, Microbiology, Plasma Physics
    Genetics, Cell Biology / Development, Pathology, Neuroscience / Neurology
   

Biophysics; Cell Biology/Development; Immunology; Medical/Clinical Science; Molecular Biology; Neuroscience/Neurology; Pharmacology/Toxicology

    Neuroscience, Genetics, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry
    Botany / Plant Science, Genetics, Evolution, Molecular Biology, Applied Mathematics, Bioinformatics, Statistics
    Plant science, bioinformatics, genetics, molecular biology, pathology
    Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Cell Biology / Development, Molecular Biology
    Agricultural Sciences, Ecology & Conservation, Evolution, Genetics, Microbiology, Zoology/Animal Science
    Evolution, Microbiology, Medical Science, Ecology, Virology, Parasitology, Statistics, Applied Mathematics, Bioinformatics, Data Analysis
    Cell Biology/Development, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Data Analysis, Bioinformatics
    Botany/Plant Science; Agricultural sciences; Genetics; Biochemistry; Molecular Biology
    Plant science, bioinformatics, genetics, molecular biology, microbiology, agricultural science, ecology, agronomy and soil science.
    Microbiology, Parasitology, Molecular Biology, Immunology
    Agricultural Sciences; Botany / Plant Science; Ecology & Conservation; Microbiology
    Cell Biology/Development; Genetics; Molecular Biology
 

 

Cell Biology/Development, Molecular, Biology, Biochemistry, Cancer/Oncology, Genetics.
    Super-resolution, Single-molecule, Fluorescence microscopy, Molecular interactions, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Structural Biology, Nanoscale
    Agricultural Sciences; Biotechnology; Plant Science; Cell Biology
    Biophysics, Molecular Biology, Plant Science, Optical Physics, Structural Biology, Cell Biology
 

 

Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology / Toxicology, Synthetic Chemistry
 

 

Parasitology, genetics, bioinformatics, cell biology
    Cell Biology/Development; Genetics; Molecular Biology
    Biochemistry, Cell Biology/Development, Molecular Biology
    Analytical Chemistry, Cell Biology / Development, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience / Neurology 
    Biochemistry, Cancer/Oncology, Cell Biology/Development, Molecular Biology
    Neuroscience, genetics, biochemistry, cell biology
    Membrane transport, Pathogenesis, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Structural Biology
    Microbiology, Evolution, Molecular Biology, Genetics


Chemistry projects (PhD in Biological Chemistry)
 

In addition, the Department of Chemistry is offering projects in Biological Chemistry. Applications to these projects must follow a different route (PhD in Biological Chemistry). Instructions on how to apply are in each project description. For further information on the application process please email chemgrad@york.ac.uk

How to apply

Before you apply

Applications are made via "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).

Eligibility

The studentships are available to UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements. Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award. Further information about eligibility for Research Council UK funding can be found at the following website:http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/documents/studentship-eligibility-pdf/

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. You can select up to 3 projects, however we would encourage informal discussions with different project supervisors to help you to rank projects in order of preference. Contact details for academic staff can be found on each project description.

Applying

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 '2019 October, Full Time' or '2019 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. If you decide to apply for more than one project (maximum three), please number them in order of preference. The deadline for applications will be Monday 7 Januaty 2019.

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 then be forwarded to the White Rose Admissions Committee 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 in the Department of Biology on Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 February 2019.  Video interviews can be arranged for international applicants. 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 biol-pg-admissions@york.ac.uk

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