Welcome Trust 4-year PhD Programme in Molecular, Genetic and Lifecourse Epidemiology

University of Bristol - Faculty of Health Sciences/Bristol Medical School/Population Health Sciences

Hours: Full time to start Oct 2018
Closing date: 9am,21st December 2017

The project:

Our ability to fully exploit new molecular and genetic technologies in epidemiology depends on a new generation of inter-disciplinary scientists who can harness the benefits of these technologies in exciting and productive ways. Our innovative four-year PhD programme offers you the opportunity to develop the knowledge and technical skills to become future research leaders in this field.

The MGLE 4-year PhD programme has been funded by the Wellcome Trust and is based in Bristol Medical School at the University of Bristol. Our programme aims to equip graduates from a wide range of disciplines with the technical skills and training to exploit new technologies and data in ways that could significantly improve our understanding of causal pathways in disease and its progression.


Our researchers apply molecular, genetic and lifecourse data and analytical methods within population based cohorts such as the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/alspac/ ) and UK Biobank (http://www.ukbiobank.ac.uk/). Our community of researchers come from many different scientific backgrounds, and we strongly encourage applications from a wide range of disciplines (e.g. natural sciences, biostatistics, molecular genetics, econometrics, biochemistry, mathematics, statistics, physics, engineering and computational science). Our PhD programme and training environment will provide non-epidemiologists with the necessary training to apply their skills in this field.

Programme structure:

PhD studentships are funded for 4 years and have two components:

1) Our foundation year combines specific and generic skills training with practical experience gained from undertaking three 'mini-projects'. Each miniproject consists of a 10 week period during which you work on a project in one of the programme research areas (eg. epidemiology, genetics, epigenetics, bioinformatics/data science or molecular laboratory research).

The miniprojects are integrated with a choice of 1-5 day Short Courses which you will select on the basis of experience and training needs. You will also have the opportunity to attend external specialist courses and international meetings.

2) Years 2-4 are spent undertaking your main PhD research project. You will be encouraged to continue attending courses and conferences throughout your studentship, with a focus on presenting your results at international conferences towards the end of your project.

How to apply:

Before applying please email phs-pgradmin@bristol.ac.uk for further details.

You are strongly advised to discuss your PhD proposal with potential supervisors. Potential projects are listed on the programme website, but you are welcome to contact potential supervisors about your own project ideas if they are relevant to the programme.

How to apply:

Please make an online application for this project at http://www.bris.ac.uk/pg-howtoapply. Please select on the programme Choice page.

Funding: The Wellcome Trust provides support for four years and includes a stipend of £19,919-£23,997, PhD registration fees at UK/EU student rate, research expenses totaling £40,000 over 4 years, travel and transferable-skills training. International students can apply but would need to first secure alternative sources of funding to cover the difference between home and overseas fees for 4 years

Contacts: phs-pgradmin@bristol.ac.uk

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