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New PhD studentships available

Open for applications: Closing date Friday 6th March 2015 (deadline extended)

MRC Harwell is an International Centre for Mouse Genetics at the forefront of studies in mouse functional genomics and mouse models of human disease. We are engaged in lifetime studies – from developmental abnormalities through to diseases of ageing.

We are offering PhD projects in these areas at the Mammalian Genetics Unit at MRC Harwell for 2015:

  • Cilia, Development & Disease
  • Neurobehavioural Genetics
  • Genetics of type 2 diabetes
  • Genetics of Deafness
  • Biocomputing
  • Statistical Genomics
  • Age-related disease

Our doctoral training programme:

MRC Harwell offers first class opportunities for PhD students including a formal training programme. Students join a 4-year PhD programme that includes an initial six-month induction and rotation across two laboratories of their choice before selecting and embarking on their research project. Students register with either the University of Oxford or the Open University. Currently we have 24 doctoral training students. Together the many junior members of the Unit contribute to a vibrant atmosphere providing a supportive environment for the development of future leaders in mouse genetics and the life sciences.

The Mary Lyon Centre at MRC Harwell is one of the best state-of-the-art SPF mouse facilities in Europe. Supporting core facilities include: Bioimaging, Transgenics/Genome Editing, Frozen Embryo and Sperm Archiving (FESA), Genomics, Phenotyping, Clinical Chemistry, Proteomics, Histology and Pathology. MRC Harwell has strong collaborative basic and clinical science links with the University of Oxford and many other UK biomedical research centers.

More information about potential supervisors and research interests can be found on our research pagesInformal inquiries can be made to the Director of Graduate Studies Professor Roger Cox by emailing

Apply Now:

Award of an MRC-funded studentship within the Unit is conditional on achieving a first-class or 2.1 honours degree, or equivalent, in a biological science or related discipline. Graduates in 2015 please indicate in your cover letter the predicted class of your degree. Applicants will please send to the following files (1) a one page covering letter, (2) a CV with the names and contact details of two referees and (3) a completed application form (attached below).

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