Faculty of Biological Sciences

There will be a number of funded opportunities available from November 2016; most PhDs will start in October 2017.

Project Overview

Deadline

Alumni Bursary

If you are a former student of the University of Leeds and intend to fund your MSc by Research or PhD yourself, you may be eligible for a 10% alumni tuition fee bursary.

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Postgraduate Loan for MSc by Research

A UK governement scheme providing loans of up to £10,000 towards postgraduate study

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 MSc by Research: Characterising the interactions between major nematode pathogens and the host coffee plant

12 month research MSc with Prof. Peter Urwin.  Funded by Nestle, covering fees at UK/EU level and a contribution towards living costs. 

This is a 12 month programme with no taught content; instead you will work on a research project and write a thesis from your results. An MSc by Research will develop your academic and practical skills and can be an excellent option if you want to explore your area of interest further. 

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30th Nov 2017

Plant geometry and growth angle control - understanding how gravity shapes plant form

Dr Stefan Kepinski, Prof. Michelle Peckham and Dr Netta Cohen

BBSRC funded project for UK/EU candidates

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Nanoscale physics of inter-cellular communication

Dr Ralf Richter

Funded PhD for UK/EU candidates.

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Increasing lifespan in carrots: determining the molecular and metabolic mechanisms that underpin the blackening phenomenon in cut carrots

Prof. Christine Foyer, Dr Katie Field

BBSRC funded project for UK/EU candidates

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Characterization of WHIRLY1 functions in cereal crops

Prof. Christine Foyer, Dr Chris West

BBSRC iCASE project for UK or EU candidates with 3 years residency in the UK only

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 Synthetic Protein-based Targeting of Scavenger Receptor Function in Heart Disease

British Heart Foundation funded PhD project with Dr Vas Ponnambalam and Dr Darren Tomlinson (UK/EU candidates only)

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HONOURs

An EU-financed Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action (MSCA) training network on host switching pathogens, infectious outbreaks and zoonosis. The objective of HONOURs is to train Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in all aspects of infectious outbreaks. The consortium consists of 10 high profile universities, research institutions and companies.

Entry requirements and how to apply

Viral nucleocapsid proteins, their structure and novel diagnostic assays

Development of impedimetric sensors for emerging negative stranded RNA viruses.

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 BBSRC Projects with Industry

The projects below are eligible for BBSRC funding. We have a number of studentships and funding will be awarded to the best candidates. The funding covers fees at UK/EU level plus a stipend of £14,553 for 4 years. Please note that candidates must have been resident in the UK for the last 3 years to be eligible for full funding; candidates who have not been resident in the UK are eligible for a fees-only studentship.  Apply online

Understanding signaling cascades - Dr Darren Tomlinson

 

Identifying and modulating aggregation propensity in bio-pharmaceuticals and dimerisation events in amyloid formation - Dr David Brockwell

 

Structure-function, mechanism of action and therapeutic potential of enzymes involved in metabolic diseases - Dr Elton Zeqiraj

 

Conformational dynamics of SMC complexes at the molecular level - Prof. Frank Sobott

 

Designing a chemical 'toolbox' for the efficient inhibition of metalloenzymes - Prof. Colin Fishwick

 

Gestational and early-life dietary impacts on performance, welfare and gut health - Prof. Lisa Collins 

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Elucidating the structure of previously inaccessible fusion intermediates of Influenza A Virus by cryo-electron microscopy

Dr Juan Fontana

Funded PhD for UK/EU candidates.

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 Endowed Research Scholarships

Fees at UK/EU level plus stipend of £12k per year for three years. 

The following scholarships are available:

  • Emma and Leslie Reid (1 award; research into diseases of the heart or brain)
  • Frank Parkinson (1 award; any research area; candidates must be born of British parents who have lived in Yorkshire for at least 10 years)
  • Frank Stell (1 award; research into Biology or Agricultural sciences; candidates must be resident or have parent/s resident within the former administrative area of the West Riding of Yorkshire)
  • Mary and Alice Smith (1 award; research into prevention or cure of cancer or heart disease; candidates must be British citizens and unmarried)

Full details and how to apply

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 BBSRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership in Mechanistic Biology 

The University of Leeds forms part of the White Rose Universities Doctoral Training Programme. The programme will fund interdisciplinary studentships in three priority areas, Agriculture and Food Security, Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, and World Class Bioscience. UK applicants will be eligible for a full award; European Union applicants will be eligible for tuition fees only, except where residency has been established for more than 3 years prior to the start of the course. Non-UK/EU candidates are not eligible.

How to apply:

  1. Complete the online PhD application. Please do not upload supporting documents.
  2. Complete the White Rose application form and email to fbsgrad@leeds.ac.uk including a CV (including reference contact details) and transcripts if available. 
  3. Forward the reference form to your referees and ask them to return it to us by email as soon as possible. It is your responsibility to request references and ensure we receive them by 4th May 2017.

We strongly recommend that you contact potential supervisors to discuss projects before applying.

Available projects

The White Rose DTP

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Dissecting the Multi-Scale Mechanisms of Cardiac Arrhythmias Through Computational Modelling

Dr Michael Colman, Prof. Ed White

Funded PhD for UK/EU candidates.

Details

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 Functional expression of M channel subunits in peripheral somatosensory system

Dr Nikita Gamper

MRC iCASE studentship. UK or EU candidates with 3 years residency in the UK only.

Details

 

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 Understanding the role of protein mechanical strength in biofilm formation and function

Dr David Brockwell (Leeds), Dr William Durham (Sheffield). Funded 4 year PhD for UK/EU candidates, under the White Rose Network scheme.

Details

How to apply

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Chemical and structural proteomics of the cancer super-controller Myc

Dr Megan Wright, Prof Frank Sobott, Prof Richard Bayliss

Funded PhD for UK/EU candidates.

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 Leeds Doctoral Scholarships

The University of Leeds is accepting applications for our Doctoral Scholarships. There are a number of fully funded places for 2017 entry, available across all disciplines, open to UK and international applicants.

Successful applicants will receive payment to cover their University tuition fees up to three years, along with a maintenance grant matching the Research Council UK rate (£14,296 for 2016/17).

Available for all UK/EU and International

 

Closed for 2017

 Sports and Exercise Sciences PhD- Demonstrator studentships

SES-PhD Demonstrating Studentships are available from October 2017 for students undertaking a PhD in the Faculty of Biological Sciences.  Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have the necessary skills to undertake SES demonstrating and if successful will be expected to undertake 120-250 hours of teaching per year. You should hold (or be in the final year of) a strong degree, equivalent to at least a UK upper second class honours degree, in a relevant discipline and should also have an interest in teaching.

The studentships are open to UK or EU candidates and will provide fees at UK/EU level plus a stipend of £14,553.

The following projects are available: 

Accelerometer-based gait analysis for quantitative assessment of physical activity outside the laboratory: validation and tool development for application to patient groups - Dr Graham Askew, Dr Andy Brown, Prof. Huw Summers (Swansea)

Sedentary behaviour and dietary habits of post treatment breast cancer survivors: An investigation into how habits are formed  - Dr Shaunna Burke, Dr Andrea Utley, Dr Camilla Fox

 Unravelling Exercise Training Effects on the Brain - Dr Ronaldo Ichiyama, Dr Jessica Kwok, Dr Graham Askew

 Pulmonary oedema in health and disease: implications for breathing mechanics, muscle fatigue and exercise tolerance. - Dr Bryan Taylor, Dr Al Benson, Dr Harry Rossiter

Please apply online, including a CV and transcripts

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Impact of plant-microbial symbioses on global biogeochemical cycling and climate through Earth’s history

Dr Katie Field, Dr Benjamin Mills , Dr Sarah Batterman and Prof. Steve Banwart

Funded PhD for UK/EU candidates.

Details

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Developing and optimising defined tissue culture surfaces for cellular differentiation of muscle

Prof. Michelle Peckham

BBSRC iCASE studentship. UK or EU candidates with 3 years residency in the UK only.

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Investigating the mechanism of hydrodynamic force induced protein aggregation

Dr David Brockwell, Prof. Sheena Radford

Funded PhD for UK/EU candidates, 4 year BBSRC studentship, under the Medimmune Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP)  

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Structural characterisation of the human equilibrative nucleoside transporter, a target for cancer, malaria and AIDS

Dr Steven Harbone, Prof. Adrian Goldman, Prof. Peter Henderson

BBSRC iCASE studentship. UK or EU candidates with 3 years residency in the UK only.

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Effects of zinc oxide on the pig gut microbiome and performance

Prof. Helen Miller and Dr Kenny McDowall

BBSRC iCASE studentship. UK or EU candidates with 3 years residency in the UK only.

Details

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Impacts of offshore wind farms on populations and demography of gannets: reducing uncertainty in risk assessments

Prof. Keith Hamer and Prof. Tim Benton

NERC Industrial CASE studentship.  UK or EU candidates with 3 years residency in the UK only.

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Characterisation of X-domains - proteins with likely importance in biomass processing

Dr Glyn Hemsworth

Funded PhD for UK/EU candidates

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University Research Scholarship

Two PhD studentships for UK/EU candidates, providing fees and stipend for three years.

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