CTR Graduate Studentships


Centre for Trophoblast Research, Dept of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience, Cambridge
Closing date: 
18 December 2017
Natalie Henry

The Centre for Trophoblast Research aims to fund up to two PhD studentships commencing in October 2018. These may be held in any relevant department within the University or affiliated institutes. The studentships will be awarded on a competitive basis and applicants will be expected to demonstrate both a strong academic background and an aptitude for research. The studentships will be fully funded at Wellcome Trust rates for three or four years of full-time research depending on academic background, and are open to UK, EU and overseas students. The Centre is also willing to consider hosting students for the PhD who have already secured independent funding. For information regarding the costs of PhD training in Cambridge please refer to the Board of Graduate Studies’ website http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/gradstud/.

Applicants should hold, or expect to obtain, a first class honours degree in a relevant biological subject. Applicants holding a Masters degree will also be welcome to apply for a 3-year studentship. For overseas students the minimum undergraduate GPA for entrance into the University is 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale), and those for whom English is not their native language should see the Board of Graduate Studies’ guidelines regarding Competence in English. Research students are initially admitted without being registered for a particular degree, and are only registered for the PhD on satisfactory completion of a report at the end of their first year of study.

Application procedure
We encourage all applicants to make initial informal enquiries of individual members of the Centre regarding projects on offer at http://www.trophoblast.cam.ac.uk/info/projects.shtml. Once you have identified a potential supervisor and project you should make a formal application as follows:

Send a curriculum-vitae, a half-page personal statement outlining your motivation for research at the Centre, two confidential academic references in sealed envelopes, and, if possible, a transcript of your undergraduate results to:

The Administrator,
Centre for Trophoblast Research,
Physiology Building,
Downing Street,
Cambridge CB2 3EG, UK

All elements of the application must arrive by December 18th 2017, and incomplete applications cannot be considered. Please note that candidates will also need to apply separately for admission through the University central system: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/blpdpdpdn/apply. The funding and admission processes are two separate steps.

Short-listed candidates will be interviewed in person or by telephone towards the end of January 2018.