MRes/PhD Studentship - The effect of cartilage-dependent matriptase activity on remodelling events in cartilage and bone in health and disease
Reference Code: CL055
Closing Date: 28th June 2012
Name of the supervisor(s)
Professor AD Rowan, Institute of Celluar Medicine
Dr A Gartland, Sheffield University
MRC/Arthritis Research UK
Duration of the award
4 year PhD including Mres in biomedical Sciences in Year 1.
A PhD post is available within the Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) at Newcastle University entitled “The effect of cartilage-dependent matriptase activity on remodelling events in cartilage and bone in health and disease”. CIMA is a MRC/Arthritis Research UK-funded Centre of Excellence led by Liverpool University and includes Newcastle and Sheffield Universities. The post is a 4 year PhD which includes an MRes in Biomedical Sciences in the first year, and is at Newcastle University with Professor AD Rowan but the candidate will be expected to spend at least 3 months in Sheffield with Dr A Gartland during their PhD project.
The project will assess whether changes in cartilage lead to changes in bone, or vice versa, and begin to identify the molecular pathways underpinning such alterations. The project will provide training in cell and tissue culture, cell and molecular biology techniques as well as histology and micro-computed tomography.
Value of the Award and Eligibility
Depending on how you meet the MRC’s eligibility criteria, you may be entitled to a full or a partial award. A full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend of £13,590 (2012/13). A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.
Graduates should hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2:1 honours degree in biology (Molecular Biology, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences etc) or a related subject. Candidates with further research experience and/or a further qualification such as, for example, an MRes will be considered for a 3 year PhD.
How to Apply
Please e-mail your covering letter and your CV to Professor Drew Rowan (firstname.lastname@example.org) who can also be contacted for further information. You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application form inserting the reference number CL055 and selecting 'Doctor of Philosophy (Medical Sciences) – Cellular Medicine' as the programme of study. Only mandatory fields need to be completed (no personal statement required) and a covering letter, CV and (if English is not your first language) a copy of your English language qualifications must be attached. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote the reference number CL055 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project.
Closing date for applications: June 28th 2012. Interviews will take place around mid July.
For further details, please contact Professor Drew Rowan (email@example.com)