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

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


We have four MRes/PhD studentships available to commence in October 2023 on the following projects:

  1. Epicardial adipose tissue as a mediator of cardiac arrhythmias - Supervisors: Dr Fu Siong Ng, Dr William Scott and Professor Prakash Punjabi
  2. The contribution of ERG noncoding variants to primary lymphoedema - Supervisors: Dr Graeme Birdsey, Dr Ines Cebola
  3. Flexible polymeric pacemaker leads - Supervisors: Professor Rylie Green, Dr Josef Goding, Dr Fu Siong Ng
  4. Anti-oxidised LDL antibodies and their humanised fragments for the treatment of atherosclerosis: From in vitro mechanistic studies to in vivo functional molecular imaging - Supervisors: Professor Ramzi Khamis, Professor Jane Mitchell, Professor Dorian Haskard

 One NHLI 3-year PhD studentship also available to commence in October 2023

  1. Mapping myocardial structure using omnipolar electrograms and deep learning - Supervisors: Dr Rasheda Chowdhury, Dr Chris Cantwell

 Applications are invited for the BHF 4-year MRes/PhD studentship starting in October 2023 at the National Heart and Lung Institute (NHLI) in partnership with the Bioengineering Department at Imperial College. There are four BHF DTP MRes/PhD studentship places (3 studentships funded by the BHF and 1 matched Departmental studentship).

In addition, we are also advertising for a 3-year (Department) PhD studentship.

Studentships will cover tuition fees (at the Home rate) and a tax-free stipend starting from £22,278 per annum for a total of 4 years. Students will join a well-established doctoral training program with bespoke teaching activities, seminars, mentors and workshops.

In addition, there is a consumable allowance £4000 per student 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. Please click above under each studentship title 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 and ensure that you specify your degree classification for your undergraduate and postgraduate degrees (and attach scanned copies of the certificates if possible).

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: 20th February 2023.

Interviews will be held online at the mid/end of March 2023.