Studentship – Four-year PhD Programme

Department of Biochemistry, Cambridge

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 09th Nov 2021
  • Funding amount: Funding Available
  • Funding for: EU Students, International Students, UK Students
  • REF: PH28925
  • Closes: 03rd January 2022
  • Hours: Full Time

SALARY: £18,500 pa plus fees (Home fees only)

Applications are invited for a four-year PhD programme In the Department of Biochemistry as part of the School of Biological Sciences Doctoral Training Programme (DTP). Biochemistry is one of the largest departments within the School of the Biological Sciences in the University of Cambridge. The Department is especially strong in research, with investigators of international standing in a wide range of disciplines including structural biology, molecular enzymology, cell signalling and control of gene expression, molecular microbiology, plant molecular biology and bioenergy, cancer and cardiovascular biology.

The programme educates and trains the next-generation of doctoral scientists in all aspects of cutting-edge biochemical research which, in the department, focuses on the fundamental processes of biological systems with a particular emphasis on understanding at the molecular level.1. Students awarded places on the programme will join a specific research group from the outset and undertake a research project agreed with the principal investigator.2. All students will have the opportunity to undertake a 3-month PIPS (Professional Internship for PhD students).3. All students will receive a tailored career development programme designed to broaden their research and professional skills and the opportunity to participate in training and cohort building events with BBSRC and other students.

In addition to their direct supervisor, each PhD student will also have an advisor and a postgraduate thesis panel comprising three members of faculty, two of which are chosen by the student. Our PhD programmes offer many opportunities for both specialised training and the acquisition of transferable skills.

Applicants should have or shortly expect to obtain a minimum of a UK II.i Honours Degree (or equivalent) in Biochemistry or a related subject. We are looking for highly motivated, enthusiastic and industrious individuals who are capable of thinking and working independently. The studentships are available to students who meet the UK residency requirements. Further information about your fee status can be found here:

Application process – You should identify one or more labs in which you might wish to study, then make informal contact with the principal investigator(s) to ensure they are potentially able to supervise you, and to understand the research project you would undertake.

Find PIs’ areas of research at

When contacting the PI, please e-mail the following information:1. Your CV (max two A4 pages), with full contact details of 2 academic referees.2. A covering letter (max two A4 pages) highlighting (a) your research interests, (b) what you hope to achieve from the programme, (c) your career aspirations beyond the programme, and (d) why you wish to undertake this programme in the Department of Biochemistry.

PI’s email addresses can be found at you receive support from the PI you should apply using the Applicant Portal:

You can submit one application with one PI for consideration. Multiple applications with different PIs will not be accepted. Fully completed applications (with references) must be submitted by the deadline. Please search in the Course Directory for ‘PhD in Biochemistry’.

Funding – A stipend is provided for up to 4 years from 1 October 2022 which covers the University Composition Fee and Maintenance and an allowance for consumables.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 4 years. If you have any questions, please contact our Postgraduate Admissions Administrator:

Interviews will be held on Thursday, 13th January 2022 and Friday, 14th January 2022.

If you have questions about the application process please email

Please quote reference PH28925 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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