PhD Studentship in Cell and Molecular Biosciences - Understanding the Molecular Regulation of Autophagy During Ageing

Newcastle University

Value of award

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,553. Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees. Additional funding to cover research costs.

Number of awards: 1
Start date and duration: January 2018 for 3 years
Application closing date: 30 November 2017


A highly motivated full-time PhD student is required in the laboratory of Dr Nuria Martinez-Lopez, as part of the Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences.

The successful candidate will join a project on autophagy, a fundamental process in human health that maintains tissue homeostasis. The lab is particularly interested in understanding how autophagy decreases with age, with the main aim of developing new strategies that sustain autophagy activity and prolong healthspan. In addition, we aim to elucidate novel unconventional roles of autophagy proteins that contribute to critical cellular functions besides their role in cellular recycling.

You will be expected to carry out the specified project/s using the appropriate tools and techniques available under the support and direction of the principal investigator. You will contribute to other ongoing projects, maintain an up-to-date knowledge of the relevant literature, generate high quality data suitable for publication, keep excellent laboratory records of all experimental procedures and outcomes, and assist with general laboratory duties. Previous laboratory experience is essential. Excellent communication and writing skills are essential.

Sponsor: Barbour Foundation

Name of supervisor(s): Dr.Nuria Martinez-Lopez, Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences 

Eligibility Criteria

You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree equilavent in biology, biomedical sciences, biochemistry or similar. A further qualification such as an MSc or MRes is essential.

This award is available to UK/EU and international applicants. If English is not your first language you must have IELTS 7 with at least 6.5 in the written component, or equivalent.    

How to Apply

All applicants should complete the University's postgraduate application system

Create an account. Complete mandatory fields and include:

  • Insert the programme code 8300F* in the programme application system
  • Select 'PhD in the Faculty of Medical Sciences - Cell and Molecular Biosciences' as the programme of study
  • Insert the studentship code CB133 in the studentship/partnership reference field
  • Attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote the studentship reference code CB133 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • Attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications

* The online application system will only allow one application using the programme code 8300F. If you are applying for TWO or more projects using that code then you will need to email our Postgraduate Admissions Service with the following information:

  • Your application number (from the first project application that you submitted online)
  • The second studentship code and its corresponding title
  • A two page covering letter for the second project

Our Postgraduate Admissions Service will then forward this information to the relevant selector in the Faculty of Medical Sciences.

Contact: Dr.Nuria Martinez-LopezE-mail: for Cell and Molecular Biosciences 

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