PhD Studentships

CINCHRON PGR Studentship

CINCHRON is a H2020 Innovative Training Network which will start in June 2018.

The Network consists of 14 laboratories in 7 EU countries and Israel. We offer 15 PhD positions (2 of which will be based in Leicester) in the field of Comparative Insect CHRONObiology and provide:

 High profile research projects in an Innovative Training Network Program

  • Frequent network meetings (every 7-8 months) in different parts of Europe and Israel, with courses and workshops delivered by international experts
  • Intensive contacts with international collaborators & obligatory secondments to other research laboratories for up to several months
  • Possibilities to visit and collaborate with the commercial sector  
  • Highly competitive salaries and good working conditions

For a detailed description of the Project, Eligibility rules, and instructions on how to apply please visit

Closing date for applications: 15th December 2017

Start date for studentship: 1st October 2018


Funded 3 year PhD studentships

There are currently two 3 year-funded PhD studentships available in the Department of Genetics & Genome Biology to start 24th September 2018.

The studentships, which are jointly financed by the Department and the College of Life Sciences (CLS), are open to Home/EU students and are offered at the standard Research Councils UK rate.

Candidates for these studentships may apply for any of the following projects on offer:

Software tools for sequence variant handling for precision medicine 

Supervisor: Prof Raymond Dalgleish                   

Investigation of the Virulence Traits of Meningococcal Carriage and Disease Isolates

Supervisor: Dr Chris Bayliss

Investigating the influence of the synaptonemal complex in crossover formation in Arabidopsis

Supervisor: Dr James Higgins                                   

Copy number evolution in mesothelioma – characterising early deletions.

Supervisor: Dr Edward Hollox                                   

Circadian cycle events during macrophage control of systemic infection

Supervisor: Prof Marco Oggioni                                

Investigation of mechanisms that underlie the excision of human herpesvirus 6 genomes from telomeres and regulation of viral gene expression

Supervisor: Dr Nicola Royle                                      

Exploring the role and therapeutic potential of 3-nitrotyrosination in Alzheimer’s disease

Supervisor: Dr Joern Steinert                                    

Molecular Control of Pollen Fertility and Stress Responses for Food Security

Supervisor: Prof David Twell                                     

Applicants should hold or expected to hold a First or Upper Second class degree in a relevant field by September 2018.  Those holding a Lower Second class degree plus a Master’s degree or with 3+ years relevant post-graduate experience may also be eligible.  Applications from candidates with degrees from abroad may be eligible if their qualifications are deemed equivalent.

Informal academic queries can be directed to either the Postgraduate Admissions Tutor, Dr Celia May (, or the individual project supervisor.

Formal applications should be made via the following link:

On the funding section of the online application please select Studentship then CLS from the drop down menu and include the project title and supervisor name on proposal section



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