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Studentships 2019

The Pirbright Institute has formed partnerships with a number of different universities and companies in the UK to offer a selection of exciting studentships studying viral infections of animals.

These partnerships offer students an exceptional opportunity to obtain a broad view of infectious disease research in a rich, stimulating and unique research environment. Students will have the opportunity to work with the different partners involved in their project, thereby giving them access to novel ways of tackling the problems of livestock diseases through interdisciplinary, cross-institutional approaches. This will be coupled to core skills training at the student’s host institutions, providing flexible training options and experiences that will support a wide range of career choices.

Applications are therefore invited for these studentships as detailed below.

UK Posgraduate Doctoral Loans:

A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan (of up to £25,700) can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate doctoral course, such as a PhD.  Students in receipt of Research Council funding are not eligible.  Details can be found here.

Residential Guidelines for Research Council Studentships:

For further information on residence eligibility for studentship funding please refer to Residential Guidelines for Research Council Studentships

Ref Number/Closing Date PhD Project title Supervisors Abstract

2019-21 LA

Closing date: 27.09.19

Engineering genetic systems for control of Anopheles stephensi Prof Luke Alphey (The Pirbright Institute), Dr Rob Noad (RVC), Dr Michelle Anderson (The Pirbright Institute)

A PhD studentship is available to a highly motivated student interested in the genetic control of mosquitoes. 

New tools are required for improved malaria control or elimination.  The development of CRISPR-based systems has led to a resurgence of interest in “gene drive” methods.  Gene drives bias inheritance in their favour and can thereby, in principle, persist and even increase in allele frequency in wild populations despite not conferring an individual fitness benefit.  However, simple CRISPR/Cas9-based designs may spread through entire species, which is unlikely to be desirable in all cases.  Instead, we seek to develop alternative gene drive designs allowing intervention in one population with minimal impact on nearby non-target populations of the same species.   The student will focus on the development of such population-level drive systems in the mosquito Anopheles stephensi, an important malaria vector that is also relatively amenable to genetic studies. Full details and how to apply

The Pirbright Institute also has the following studentships which should be applied for through our partner organisations:  

Partner Organisation/s Project Title Applications

Further information

Studentships provide for tuition fees and stipend depending on eligibility (see full project details).

How to apply

See the 'how to apply' section for further information.

General enquiries can be emailed to

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