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Fully-funded BBSRC DPhil Clinical Neurosciences studentship in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline

Determining how stimulation-driven epigenetic changes shape the immune system and contribute to disease (Application DEADLINE: 29 July 2022) 

Project description

Development and application of epigenetic models using primary human peripheral blood samples in order to understand how DNA modifications can shapes a cell’s phenotype and future function. 

We are pleased to invite applications for a fully-funded D.Phil (PhD) BBSRC CASE studentship (up to 4 years) with Dr Kate Attfield and Professor Lars Fugger, including a 3-month industrial placement in the laboratories of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).   

 As a doctoral student in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Oxford, the successful applicant will be a part of one of the leading and largest clinical neuroscience departments in Europe. A PhD (DPhil) in Clinical Neurosciences provides an opportunity to develop state-of-the-art skills through a range of research and practical training in world-class research laboratories. The department, as a whole, sponsors regular seminars and public lectures which attract distinguished national and international speakers. 

The student’s training will be tailored to their requirements, drawing from the vast range of courses available at Oxford and covering both specialist scientific methods and techniques and transferable skills. Most training will take place in the lab under the direct supervision of Dr Attfield and Prof Fugger, as well as by senior members of the lab team.  

As part of the collaboration with GSK, this project also offers exciting opportunities to learn key techniques central to the execution of the programme of work from industry experts, including expertise in immunology, epigenetics and drug discovery. 

Entry requirements 

Applicants must have achieved a first class, or upper second class, honours degree, or equivalent, in a biological science. Prospective applicants who are unsure whether their first degree qualifies are welcome to email to check. 

The studentship will include University fees for a home (UK) student and a stipend of no less than £19,062 per year for four years plus a £5,000 Research Training Support Grant. 


The planned closing date for applications will be Friday, 29 July 2022.  The start date is October 2022. 

Please apply online via the Graduate Admissions studentship pages and use code 22CLINNEUR03WEB when prompted during the application process. 

Please note that there is no need to provide a separate research proposal if you are applying for this studentship - you will only need to ensure you quote this reference when applying: 22CLINNEUR03WEB.


The successful student will also be allocated a college place at Wolfson College.