Open positions and how to apply
Interested in joining us? Great! First please read on for more information about applying and answers to some common questions. Interested students and postdocs are then welcome to contact Helen Alexander with informal enquiries. Please attach your CV and explain why you are interested in joining the group. We welcome diverse scientific backgrounds - e.g. maths, physics, biology - in our interdisciplinary group.
University of Edinburgh students
Honours and Master's projects will normally be offered and allocated through your program's centralised organisation. The projects we offer will vary from year to year, but may include Honours projects across the Biological Sciences (with priority to Ecology and Evolutionary Biology programs), Master's in Computational and Applied Mathematics, and others. If you are particularly interested in joining our group for your project, you are welcome to contact Helen Alexander in advance to discuss a project proposal.
You are welcome to contact Helen Alexander to discuss possibilities for summer projects, Master's thesis rotations, etc. Please explain what sort of topics you are interested in studying, and attach your CV. However, please note that unfortunately we have limited capacity to offer student projects, and University of Edinburgh students typically have priority.
We are not currently recruiting for any PhD positions. If you are interested in doing your PhD here in the future, please read on for further information.
PhD projects will normally be advertised around November, with application deadlines in early January, to begin studies the following October. If you have your own research ideas, within the scope of our research interests, please get in touch as early as possible to discuss potential projects.
PhD scholarships (covering a stipend and tuition fees) are available on a competitive basis for both UK and international students. In most cases, funding is for 4 years. If you are considering an external scholarship (e.g. from your home country), please get in touch as early as possible to discuss feasibility.
We do not currently have any funding to hire postdocs.
We welcome candidates interested in applying for externally funded postdoctoral fellowships to be hosted in our group. If you want to develop your own project, broadly within the scope of our research interests, you are welcome to contact Helen Alexander to discuss the possibilities.
Important notes: Many fellowships have only one application round per year, and the process from application to starting a position can take up to a year. Please check eligibility requirements when identifying potential fellowship(s). Institute-level support will generally be required for applications, so please get in touch early to discuss.
Potential funding sources include:
- BBSRC Discovery Fellowship
- Human Frontier Science Program Postdoctoral Fellowships
- Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellowships
- Royal Society Newton International Fellowships
- Schmidt Science Fellows
- Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship
- Wellcome Early Career Award
- University of Edinburgh Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships (XDF)
- You can also try searching the funding database at ECR Central or looking for fellowships offered by your home country.