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PhD Opportunities 2017

Four vacancies for 4-year MRC funded PhD/DPhil Studentships starting October 2017

Closing date Tuesday 7th February 2017 

The MRC Harwell Institute is an International Centre for Mouse Genetics at the forefront of studies in mouse functional genomics and mouse models of human disease. We are engaged in lifetime studies – from developmental abnormalities through to diseases of ageing.

There are several research themes offering PhD projects at the MRC Harwell Institute for 2017:

  • Genetic basis of type 2 diabetes
  • Genetics of circadian rhythms and sleep in health and disease
  • The genetics and pathology of deafness
  • The role of cilia in development and disease
  • Disorders of sex development
  • Bioinformatics of mouse models of disease
  • Statistical genomics
  • Investigating Novel Stress Response Pathways in Neurological Disease
  • Novel and bespoke mouse models for dissecting neurodegenerative disease

Our doctoral training programme

MRC Harwell Institute offers first class opportunities for PhD students including a formal training programme. Students join a 4-year PhD programme that includes an initial three month induction and rotation across the projects offered before selecting and embarking on their research project. MRC DTA Students are registered with the University of Oxford.  The studentship includes an annual stipend of £15,240 and University fees.  As part of specific collaborations students may be registered in other Universities.   We are also an Affiliated Research Centre with the Open University ( and currently have six students registered with the Open University.  We offer the same opportunities and have the same expectations of ALL of our students regardless of how they are funded or where they are registered.

Currently we have 24 doctoral training students. Together with the postdoctoral fellows and other members of the Unit our students contribute to a vibrant atmosphere providing a supportive environment for the development of future leaders in mouse genetics and the life sciences.

Residence requirements

Residence requirements are detailed in the Research Council UK (RCUK) conditions of research council training grants as follows:

For purposes of residence requirements the UK includes the United Kingdom and Islands.

To be eligible for a full award (stipend and university fees) a student must have:

  • Settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay.
  • Been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for three years prior to the start of the studentship. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences).
  • Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals).

More information

Information about potential supervisors and research interests can be found on our Research pages. 

Informal inquiries can be made to the Director of Graduate Studies Professor Roger Cox by emailing

Entry requirements for 2017-2018 can be found at Entry requirements for 2017-18

How to Apply

To apply visit the MRC jobs website. Please note that as well as completing the online information you will need to include contact information for two referees, and upload your CV and a one-page covering letter outlining your interest in doing a PhD in Harwell.

Applications open January 2017

To apply click here