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Wellcome - PhD Programme in One Health Models of Disease, 2020
Deadline for applications: 16 Jan 2020 12:00 (UK)
The new 4-year PhD programme in One Health Models of Disease: Science, Ethics and Society will provide unique training in state-of-the-art techniques in the design and application of new One Health models of neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, developmental, and infectious diseases of humans and animals.
The programme combines scientific excellence with a commitment to improving the working environment and transition support for trainees.
Genome editing and animal bioscience
Technological advances in genome editing and animal bioscience have potential for huge societal impact, and are opening up enormous opportunities for the development of novel and innovative models of disease at the cellular, tissue and whole animal scale.
Such models can transform our approach to understanding pathogenesis, facilitating the development of therapies or preventive measures.
Bioethics and social science
Central to the programme, students will receive training in bioethics and social science to allow them to appreciate the ethical and societal implications of these powerful new approaches.
Alongside the main PhD project, this innovative and versatile programme combines core training in relevant experimental techniques, bioethics and social sciences. There are also options to undertake external internships, depending on the interests of individual students.
Students will be supervised by world-leading life scientists addressing important diseases of humans and animals, and social scientists and bioethicists conducting cutting-edge research into the social and ethical dimensions of 21st century science.
We are looking for candidates who have (or who expected to be awarded), at least a good 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent in a relevant subject.
Typically candidates will already have a good understanding of the field they propose to study, and at least some hands-on research experience.
Given the very broad remit of this programme – from computational modelling to bioethics – and the wide range of expected career paths our students will follow, we warmly encourage candidates from a variety of academic disciplines, experience and interests to apply.
There is no need to contact a supervisor before applying – the projects described on the website are to give you an idea of the type of work you may be able to undertake with supervisors once you select your PhD project toward the middle of your first year on the programme.
Six students recruited each year
The Programme has an intake of six students per year.
Five places will be fully funded by the Wellcome Trust and are open to applicants from the UK, EU and the Rest of World.
In addition a sixth fully funded scholarship will be awarded by the University of Edinburgh which is also open to applicants from the UK, EU and the Rest of World.
Fees for all students will be at UK/EU rates and will be funded by the Programme.
For more information, or to apply, visit the call webpage.