Synthetic Biology PhD studentships - EPSRC & BBSRC Centre for Doctoral Training

University of Warwick - Synthetic Biology Centre for Doctoral Training, School of Life Sciences

Programme overview

4-year PhD studentships are available and cover UK/EU or Overseas Tuition Fees in full and pay an annual stipend of at least £14,296. Eligibility criteria apply.

Synthetic biology (SB) is a new and exciting multidisciplinary field that has the ambitious goal of “engineering biology”. The goal of synthetic biologists is to (re)engineer biological systems through the application of engineering principles. Engineered biological systems are finding applications in industry and medicine and, equally importantly, provide a basis for understanding natural biological systems.

Join SynBio CDT – the World’s first graduate school in Synthetic Biology
SynBioCDT is a collaboration between the Universities of Oxford, Bristol and Warwick and is funded by the research councils EPSRC and BBSRC. It offers comprehensive training in the design and engineering of biological systems encompassing not only individual cells but also self-assembled biomimetic systems, engineered microbial communities and multicellular organisms, combining the multiple perspectives of engineering, life and physical sciences. This breadth of coverage will produce a skilled, energized and well-funded UK-wide SB community with the opportunity to revolutionise bio-industries.

Synthetic Biology at the University of Warwick

The University of Warwick is a leader in SB research and hosts the Warwick Centre for Integrative Synthetic Biology (WISB), one of the six national centres in SB. WISB creates a vibrant SB community at Warwick, spanning Schools of Life Sciences, Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, and Medicine and is globally connected to other SB centres in the US, Brazil, Spain and Germany.

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We encourage applications from students with a wide range of academic backgrounds, including Engineering, Biology, Biochemistry, Physics, Plant Sciences, Chemistry, Statistics,  Mathematics & Computing.

Application deadlines for October 2017 entry :   

Round 1 : 18 November 2016

Round 2 : 13 January 2017

Information on eligibility, entry requirements and the application procedure can be found on the link provided.  Enquiries should e-mail Nikki Glover at

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