Graduate Research & Training
UKRI MRC Human Genetics Unit

MRC 3.5-year International Visiting PhD projects: Human Genetics, Genomics and Disease

Collaborative PhD Projects between MRC Human Genetics Unit (University of Edinburgh) and Max Delbrück Center (Berlin, Germany). Applications now closed.

Closing date: Now closed

Interviews: 12-13th June 2024

Applications are invited from outstanding candidates for MRC funded 3.5-year international visiting PhD studentships in Human Genetics, Genomics and Disease. These studentships will involve a collaborative research project between the MRC Human Genetics Unit (HGU), part of the Institute of Genetics and Cancer at the University of Edinburgh, UK and the Max Delbrück Center (MDC) in Berlin, Germany. These studentships will be primarily based in HGU at the University of Edinburgh and will involve collaborative research visits to MDC in Berlin. Successful candidates will benefit from high quality training, mentorship, cutting-edge technological infrastructure and research excellence across both institutions to develop their abilities to tackle challenging questions in biomedical research.

Who should apply?

We are seeking motivated students excited by new opportunities who are keen to engage in high quality biomedical research. Applicants should have a UK or international 1st class or 2.1 degree or a Masters in any relevant discipline in biological or biomedical sciences.  Applications are open to all individuals irrespective of nationality or country of residence. All applicants should satisfy the University of Edinburgh’s English language requirements. 

Studentships are available to start in September 2024. These studentships are fully funded and include tuition fees, an allowance for research consumables and an enhanced UKRI stipend of £20,122 p/a.

For informal enquiries or concerns about eligibility please contact Ian Adams (Ian.Adams@ed.ac.uk). Enquiries about specific projects should be directed to the project supervisor.

Application procedure

Click the following link to apply for this studentship:

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**PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS LINK WILL TAKE YOU TO THE UoE DEGREE FINDER;  ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED VIA THE GENETICS AND MOLECULAR MEDICINE LINK, AS ALL MRC HUMAN GENETICS UNIT SCHOLARSHIPS ARE FIELDED VIA THIS ROUTE.

When applying for this studentship, please follow these guidelines:

Please note that the online application system does not have a 3.5 year PhD option, so all applicants should choose PhD (full time) 3 years option.

Before clicking the “apply” button, applicants should select their start date as September 2024.

In the Research Topic section please outline your research interests and in the Research Project section, give the title of the project you are applying for. Available projects are listed below. Applications listing no project, or multiple projects, will not be considered.

In the Referees section, applicants should enter details of 2 academic referees to support their application and should ensure they select “yes” in the email reference request section.

In the Document Upload section, undergraduate/postgraduate degree certificates/transcripts and, where applicable, English language certificates can be uploaded as supporting documents. You do not need to upload a research proposal in this section.

Any other queries regarding the application process should be sent to student-admin@igc.ed.ac.uk

Available projects

Sequence Determinants of mRNA Fate in Neuronal Differentiation

Supervisors: Prof Grzegorz Kudla and Dr Marina Chekulaeva