CMBI Clinical PhD Programme

The CMBI Clinical Research Training Fellowship is aimed at clinically qualified professionals (usually at speciality Registrar level) with training in microbiology and/or infectious diseases, or possible other infection related specialities such as intensive care, gastroenterology or respiratory medicine, who wish to undertake a PhD. Specifically, the focus will be on providing future clinical academics with the knowledge and analytical skills that will enable them to pursue high quality and clinically relevant independent research in the field of bacterial infection biology.

Applications are invited from exceptional medical graduates who demonstrate a commitment to a research career and aspire to become the next generation of clinical academic leaders to join our prestigious PhD Fellowship Programmes.

There are two Fellowships available, based at the South Kensington campus, providing an ideal base for those wishing to pursue a career in academic clinical science. Applicants do not require prior laboratory experience though this would be desirable. Applicants are also welcome to propose topics in bacterial infection biology that are suitable for PhD study and complement ongoing research programmes in the CMBI.

The Fellowships will be full-time and fixed term for three years, part time options will be considered. The scheme funding covers clinical salary, PhD registration fees at the UK/EU rate, College fees, associated project costs and general training costs.

Applicants must be GMC registered, fully qualified medical doctors in training in the UK, and at Core Training level or above, in any specialty. The fellowships will be fully funded for three years and the PhD is expected to be completed within this period, after which the post holder will return to their postgraduate clinical training.

Clinical Research Training Fellowships will be advertised in late 2018.


PhD Studentships in Bacterial Pathogenesis and Infection

By collaborating extensively with Imperial College-associated hospitals, centres of research excellence and industry, the CMBI aims to understand molecular and structural mechanisms underlying bacterial pathogenesis, host immunity and antimicrobial resistance. This knowledge is then exploited to develop novel therapeutic approaches to combat bacterial infections.

Up to five fully funded, 3.5-year PhD studentships are available to commence in October 2018. The studentships are open to UK and EU nationals and include home/EU tuition fees and a stipend of £18,000 per year. Please note that EU nationals must have lived in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the studentship (including for the purpose of full-time education). Applicants who do not meet these eligibility requirements will not be considered.

Successful candidates will have or expect to gain a first class or upper second class Honours degree in biological sciences (or other appropriate science subject), and a Master’s degree or equivalent research experience in a relevant subject area. Applicants are requested to send a full CV (including the names and email addresses of at least two academic referees) and a personal statement outlining how a PhD degree will impact upon their career aspirations. Applicants are also requested to identify two projects (indicating order of preference) from this list for which they wish to be considered.

PhD Studentships will be advertised in late 2018. 


For informal enquiries relating to the above opportunities, please contact Professor Ramesh Wigneshweraraj.

For general information on postgraduate study at Imperial College please see Research opportunities.