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NIHR Exeter BRC PhD Studentship: Exploring the Non-coding Genome to Identify Novel Genetic Causes of Rare Disease

University of Exeter - Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Qualification Type: PhD, Integrated Masters / Doctorate
Location: Exeter
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: UK tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of £18,622.00 for 3 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Placed On: 27th November 2023
Closes: 2nd January 2024
Reference: 5013

Research Theme: Genetics and Genomics 

Programme of Study:

MPhil/PhD Genetics and Genomics, within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. 

Project description:

Understanding the genetic causes of rare disease leads to major advances in our understanding of the mechanisms of disease and can lead to improved treatment. Whilst rare diseases are individually rare, cumulatively they affect 1 in 17 people, including 3.5 million in the UK. 

NIHR Exeter BRC Commitment:

This Studentship will be nested within the National Institute of Health and Care Research Exeter Biomedical Research Centre (NIHR Exeter BRC), hosted by the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in partnership with the University of Exeter and in collaboration with South West NHS organisations. The first of its kind for the South West peninsula, the Centres fundamental objective is to improve health outcomes for patients and the public by translating scientific breakthroughs into potential new treatments, diagnostics and medical technologies. 

This studentship will provide the opportunity to work with world-leading researchers and have access to state-of-the-art facilities. The NIHR Exeter BRC are committed to developing and nurturing a diverse and rich pipeline of talented researchers by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to excel and contribute significantly to the local and national economy via the delivery of high-quality and impactful translational biomedical research. Expertise will be harnessed from across the partnership to deliver the best possible training and career development opportunities, with the student provided the opportunity to be embedded in a rich research culture, with a growing body of early career researchers. 

We are delighted to have already recruited some exceptionally talented researchers at various career stages to our NIHR Exeter BRC, including Senior Investigator Fellows, Translational Fellows and our first cohort of PhD students who started with us in September. 

It should be noted that funding will not allow all projects to be appointed to, as such, the top performing candidates as chosen by the selection panels will be matched to their project of choice and only these will be awarded. You are able to apply for up to two projects being advertised within this funding round. 

Fees and funding:

For eligible students, the studentship will cover Home tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £18,622 (in alignment with standard Research Council UK rate) for 3 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study, in addition to a Research Training and Support Grant (RTSG). The student would be based at the Research, Innovation, Learning and Development (RILD) building based at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital site in Exeter, near to the St Lukes Campus. 

Timeline:

The closing date for applications is midnight on Tuesday 2nd January 2024.

Interview panels will be held virtually in late January/ early February 2023 for a September 2024 start. 

Contact details:

If you would like to discuss the studentships further, please contact the primary supervisor as stated in the advert.

If you have any queries surrounding the application process or the BRC more generally, please contact Dr Sophie Gould (NIHR Exeter BRC Training and Events Manager) at S.L.Gould@exeter.ac.uk.

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