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Mechanics of Life Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme

King's College London

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: please see advert text
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 26th November 2021
Closes: 26th February 2022
 

The Mechanics of Life Doctoral Scholarship Programme is a unique multi-disciplinary doctoral training scheme funded by the Leverhulme Trust that focuses on how physical forces and changes in the mechanical properties of cells and tissues contribute to development, cell differentiation, physiology, and disease.

The programme is seeking physicists, chemists, mathematicians, engineers, biophysicists, microbiologists, biochemists and related disciplines to become future research leaders to tackle key outstanding questions in biology from a distinctly mechanical perspective. It will train interdisciplinary scientists to develop new techniques, methodologies and analytical tools required to resolve outstanding challenges underpinning Mechanobiology across a broad range of biological themes.

The course is unique to the UK and Europe it will build on current research and training strengths at King’s.

Students will be supported by two project co-supervisors. When possible one will be a physical scientist and the other a life scientist who are both fully committed to an interdisciplinary training approach.

Duration: 3.5 years

Study mode: Full-time

Postgraduate training

The training included on the programme will include:

Mechanics of Life Leverhulme DSP Training Programme

  • Mechanobiology lectures delivered by the supervisory team, focusing on specific techniques and their applicability to research questions relevant to mechanobiology. These seminars will provide breadth to student education in mechanobiology that complements the focused, in-depth project-based research.
  • Tailored workshops in research integrity, ethics, and entrepreneurship
  • When possible, students will give the opportunity to undertake a placement of up to 3 months.
  • Seminar Series - monthly research colloquia with speakers drawn from the Leverhulme PhD supervisor pool as well as outstanding external scientists. Speakers will target their talks to the level and scientific background of PhD students and aim to give ‘big picture’ insight into their research field and how it fits within the broader context of mechanobiology.
  • Annual Symposium. This two-day annual event will include scientific sessions that cover the breadth of interdisciplinary research fields included in the doctoral Programme and will feature first class national and international speakers who are invited by the students. Students will showcase their work with posters.

King’s central resources, encompassing transferrable skills training,

Management team

Professor Sergi Garcia-Manyes, Director

Doctor Katelyn Spillane, Co-Director

Ms. Rowena Peake, Programme Manager

Fees and funding

Studentship Award and Eligibility

All studentships are funded awards for 3.5 years and include tuition fees, stipend, and a research and training support grant (RTSG).

Tuition fees: Tuition fees will be fully covered by the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme for 3.5 years.

Stipend: Students will receive a tax-free stipend for each year of study at UKRI rates. As an indication, 2021/22, the stipend was £17,609 per annum.

RTSG: A generous allowance will be provided for research-related costs, including consumables, attendance at UK and international conferences, and training.

Eligibility: Both UK and overseas students are eligible to apply.

How to Apply

Applications are now open for October 2022 entry. The Doctoral Scholarship Programme will be considering applications in several rounds until all places have been filled.

Further details about how to apply can be on the King’s College London website using the link below.

http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mechanicsoflife

Please note that we do not accept CVs via email, to apply you will need to complete an application through the application portal, King's Apply.

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