2024/25 Studentships

Departmental Studentships 2024/25

The Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London has funding for five departmentally funded PhD studentships, to commence in October 2024. Imperial College London is thrilled to have been recently named University of the Year 2022. We are a place where talented people bring their best ideas and hard work to address the great challenges in the world. It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society and we are searching for the people to help us get there.

What next? Before you apply you should check that your research interests align with the research interests of the available supervisors. A list of available supervisors can be found here and research themes in the Department are here. Please direct informal enquiries and project specific requests for further information to the relevant supervisors.

Funding and Eligibility: The studentship will cover UK tuition fees and will provide an annual tax-free maintenance stipend at the standard UKRI level, currently at £20,161 (rising annually by an amount linked to inflation), in 12 monthly instalments. Studentships will be funded for a maximum of 36 months, subject to satisfactory progress. A BSc in biological, or related, sciences is required at Upper Second Class level or better and candidates with a master's degree, in addition to the BSc, might be given preference. We strongly encourage applications from students from under-represented groups that align with the Department’s equality, diversity and inclusion priorities. These include home (British citizens or residents) students coming from non-Russell group universities and/or are from a minority ethnic group, such as those of Black, Asian or mixed heritage as well as those from white minority ethnic groups (e.g. Gypsy, Roma and Irish Traveller). Candidates must be UK nationals (EU candidates with settled status in the UK may be considered), International students are not eligible.

We are offering an online Q&A information session for those who may not have had any exposure to Imperial or who come from under-represented backgrounds, the session will provide advice and support for the application and interview process. The session will take place on 14 December 2023, 12:30 – 13:30. Register to attend this Q&A session here.

How to apply: Applicants must submit their cv, personal statement and the contact details of two referees to their preferred supervisor. You may only apply to one supervisor. Deadline for applications 12th January 2024. Supervisors will then select their top candidate to put forward to the Departmental selection panel. Departmental interviews are anticipated to take place the w/c 5th February 2024.

For queries about the application and interview process please contact Rozan Hamilton-Nixon at r.hamilton-nixon@imperial.ac.uk or James Ferguson at james.ferguson@imperial.ac.uk.

Funded PhD studentship in XFEL Science at Imperial College London

Start date: 1 October 2024 or sooner

Duration: 4 years

Level of support: Home Studentship, fees and stipend

Supervisor: Prof Jasper van Thor, Molecular Biophysics, Imperial College London

Co-Supervisor: Prof Jon Marangos, Physics Department, Imperial College London

Location/Departments: Joined Life Science and Physics.

 

Project Description

A fully funded 4-year PhD position is available in the group of Professor Jasper van Thor at Imperial College London. The PhD is supported by the STFC UK Hub for the physical sciences on XFELs (HPSX) and Imperial College. The project will involve all aspects of executing and analysing ultrafast X-ray crystallography experiments at X-ray Fee Electron Lasers (XFELs). The project involves developing methods and experiments in order to increase the time resolution towards few-femtosecond and attosecond resolution. The PhD project will include experimental components involving sample environment, optics, diagnostics, beamline instrumentation and detector data processing, as well as computational aspects involving crystallographic data analysis and modelling. The project will be co-supervised by Professor Jon Marangos in the physics department. A part of the project will include work in the physics department on the configuration and use of a laser driven plasma hard X-ray source ‘The Imperial College Laboratory for Ultrafast X-ray Diffraction (LUXD)’. The new LUXD facility will allow pump-probe femtosecond chemical crystallography. Informal questions can be asked by email to JvT (email j.vanthor@imperial.ac.uk) or JPM (email j.marangos@imperial.ac.uk).

Requirements and eligibility

You will have either a physics, chemistry or biochemistry undergraduate degree with a 2:1 result or better. Additionally, a Masters degree with Merit or better in a relevant physics or chemistry topic will be preferred. Only students classified as Home (UK) for fees purposes are eligible to apply.

How to apply:

The 4-year PhD studentship is jointly funded by STFC XFEL Physical Sciences Hub and Imperial College London Life Science Department. Applications should be sent to Jasper van Thor by email (j.vanthor@imperial.ac.uk) and should include a CV and a cover letter with a personal statement. The CV should contain names and contact details for three references and details for courses taken and marks obtained.

Funded PhD studentship in molecular bioenergetics at Imperial College London

Start date: 1 October 2024
Duration: 3 years
Level of support: Home Studentship, fees and stipend

Supervisor: Prof Peter Nixon, Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London

Department/Location: Department of Life Sciences, S. Kensington Campus, Imperial College, London, SW7 2AZ

A fully funded 3-year PhD position is available in the group of Professor Peter Nixon at Imperial College London (Home - Professor Peter Nixon (imperial.ac.uk). The PhD is part of a research collaboration between Peter Nixon (at Imperial College) and Dr Anja Krieger-Liszkay (at CNRS, Paris, France) to study alternative routes of photosynthetic electron transfer as possible targets for enhancing photoautotrophic growth under stress conditions, especially the role of the elusive PGR5 protein in cyclic electron transfer.  The project will involve the construction of nuclear and chloroplast mutants in green algae, the isolation of proteins for structural studies and analysis of algal physiology. Informal questions can be sent by email to PN (email p.nixon@imperial.ac.uk)

Eligibility You have a biochemistry or relevant life science undergraduate degree with a 2:1 result or better and will have by October 2024 a Masters degree in a relevant topic. Only students classified as Home (UK) for fees purposes are eligible to apply.

Application process:

The 3-year PhD studentship is funded by the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London.

Applications should be sent to Peter Nixon by email (p.nixon@imperial.ac.uk) and should include a CV and a cover letter with a personal statement. The CV should contain names and contact details for three referees and details of courses taken and marks obtained.

Deadline for applications: 31st January 2024.