PhD Studentship in the GlaxoSmithKline Immunology Catalyst - Medicines Research Centre


Thinking about your post-graduate career?

Exciting Industry/Academic PhD studentship in the GlaxoSmithKline Immunology Catalyst, Medicines Research Centre, Stevenage, UK.

A properly functioning immune system is crucial to maintain health and immunology is a fertile research area for the discovery and development of new medicines.

In 2015, GSK R&D launched the Immunology Network - a unique approach that brings together cutting-edge immunology expertise, technology and experience from academia and GSK. The goal of the Immunology Network is to drive major breakthroughs in immunology, share knowledge, spark new ideas, inspire new science and foster strong and enduring collaborations - ultimately helping to shape the future of medical immunology research.

Leading immunologists from academia: Prof. Luke O’Neill FRS, Prof. Clare Bryant, Prof. Timothy Radstake, Prof. Kathy Triantafilou, Dr. Seth Masters and Dr. Florent Ginhoux, have joined the Immunology Network. These academic scientists pursue their own immunology research while physically located in GSK laboratories, working alongside GSK scientists and utilising GSK technology in a framework known as the ‘Immunology Catalyst’.

The Immunology Catalyst is now expanding to include a PhD Training Programme to train and develop the next generation of immunologists.

GSK is joining forces with Trinity College Dublin to deliver this PhD Training Programme. Trinity has an excellent reputation for immunology and the Programme Sponsor is Prof. Luke O’Neill FRS, a scientist of world renown. Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin is ranked 1st in Ireland and in the top 100 world universities by the QS World University Rankings.

We are now seeking exceptional and highly committed PhD candidate for the Programme. This is a unique opportunity for a PhD student to connect with some of the best minds in immunology, working on frontier areas of basic immunology research in world-class research facilities.

The successful candidates will be able to leverage the formidable tools and technologies of industry, receive excellent scientific and developmental training and gain unique experience in drug discovery. Collectively, this provides a unique opportunity and a strong start to a scientific career. As an Immunology Catalyst PhD student, you will be fully funded, based at the GSK Medicines Research Centre in Stevenage, UK and registered at Trinity College Dublin. Students will be co-supervised by both a top GSK scientist and a leading academic immunologist based in the Immunology catalyst.

Specific project details will be made available at interview, however project focus areas will include:

  • Complement system
  • Immuno-metabolism
  • Inflammasome biology
  • Systems biology approaches to understanding immunological disease

To apply, visit GSK Careers ( and search requisition ID WD96885. Applications close 7th December 2016, interviews will be held in January 2017. Candidates must possess (or be predicted to achieve) at least Upper Second (2.1) Class Honours degree (or MSc.) in Immunology, Biochemistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science, Molecular Biology, Genetics, or a closely related subject and have a fluent command of written and oral English. Successful applicants will be hired on a GSK temporary fixed - term contract of 4 years duration commencing 2017. Applicants must currently have and retain the right to work in the UK for the duration of the PhD. PhD degrees will be awarded by Trinity College Dublin. Admission and progression of candidates will be in accordance with the provisions of Part III of the Calendar of Trinity College Dublin.

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