Primary supervisor: Professor Claudio Stern FMedSci FRS, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University College London
Project title: “Dynamics of cell behaviour during somite formation”
A studentship funded by the Anatomical Society is available in Claudio Stern’s lab. The project will study the mechanisms of somite formation, to elucidate the molecular and physical mechanisms that control somite size, shape and regional identity and the role of the “segmentation clock” and local cell-cell interactions in this process. It is a multi-disciplinary project and will involve advanced live imaging (including super-resolution microscopy in vivo), molecular biology, biophysics and some computational modelling. The project may include travel to the labs of collaborators in the USA and/or Singapore.
Conditions and requirements: This PhD studentship is open to British, Irish or European citizens who have spent at least three years at a British or Irish institute of higher education. It is funded by the Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland and offers a stipend (tax free) of £16,553 per annum (revised annually), university fees (UK/EU rate) and a contribution to research expenses as well as funds to travel to meetings. Funding is for 3 years but it may be extended to a fourth year if necessary. Candidates should have a 2.1 (or equivalent) degree or better in a Biomedical, Physical or Computational science-related area and strong interest in developmental biology, ideally along with some laboratory experience working in a biomedicine-related research project. Experience with microscopy, programming (preferably PYTHON) and/or other computational/mathematical skills, are not essential but will be an advantage.
Starting date: 1 October 2018 or earlier by arrangement.
To apply (with a cover letter, CV a brief statement of your interests and the names and contact details of two academic referees), or for further information please contact Prof. Stern: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is no formal closing date for applications but a student will be appointed as soon as a suitable, high quality candidate is identified.