British Heart Foundation – National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI)

4-year MRes/PhD Studentship, within the BHF doctoral training programme 


We have four MRes/PhD studentships available to commence in October 2021 on the following projects:

  1. Synthesis and Efficacy of a New Class of Hydrophobic Haemostatic Medical Devices
  2. Non-invasive imaging of myocardial coronary micro-vessel morphology and flow dynamics in vivo using super-resolution ultrasound 
  3. Therapeutic potential of Rgl1 as a novel transducer of vascular inflammation and atherogenesis 
  4. Mapping myocardial structure using omnipolar electrograms and deep learning

Applications are invited for a BHF 4-year MRes/PhD studentship starting in October 2021 at the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI) in partnership with the Bioengineering Department at Imperial College. There are four studentships per year which are fully funded through the Department and a BHF training grant made to Professor Jane Mitchell. Studentships will cover tuition fees (at the Home/EU rate) and a tax-free stipend starting from £22,278 per annum for a total of 4 years. Students will join a well establish doctoral training program with bespoke teaching activities, seminars, mentors and workshops. In addition, there is a consumable allowance £4000 for the MRes year (plus the additional in-course £2500 per MRes project) for both BHF and Department funded studentships and £10,000 (BHF funded studentship) and £5000 (Department studentship) per PhD year. A travel fund of £1000 in total per student will be provided.

The Cardiovascular Sections of the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, are located within the Main Campus at South Kensington, the Brompton Campus and Hammersmith/White City Campus. Bioengineering is also located at Main Campus at South Kensington and at White City. Students will have the opportunity to work in state of the art facilities within a highly developed research environment where our ambition is to translate research findings to help those with cardiovascular diseases. All students benefit from a full programme of training in research and transferable skills organised through the Graduate School, the quality of which has been recognised several times at the Times Higher Education (THE) Awards

General requirements
Applicants must hold, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject from a recognised academic institution. Candidates must fulfil College admissions criteria and meet BHF residency requirements. Please see below under each studentship for specific qualification requirements.

How to Apply
To apply, please email Jaya Rajamanie ( with the following documents.
- Your CV
- The names and addresses of at least two academic referees.
- A personal statement of no more than 1,000 words explaining your interest in the project.
Selected candidates will get a tour of the relevant campus.

Please assume that your application has not been successful if you have not heard from us within a month of the closing date.
Closing date for all applications: 29th March 2021.

Interviews will be held online in mid-April.