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Engineering Biology in Cambridge


PhD studentships on offer in Cambridge and selected opportunities from elsewhere will be advertised here. You are also welcome to browse the research directory and contact potential supervisors directly.

Latest Studentship Opportunities

Funding available for 4-year PhD studentships from the Leverhulme Trust.

Fully funded PhD Studentships available for collaborative projects between the University of Cambridge and AstraZeneca in areas including Biologics Engineering, Oncology Machine Learning & AI, Data Sciences & AI, and Biopharmaceutical development.

Fully funded PhD/DPhil studentships available to train the next generation of cutting-edge antimicrobial resistance researchers.

Up to £1500 funding for University of Cambridge staff and students supporting initiatives across that aim to challenge discrimination and inequalities, increase the representation of under-represented groups, raise awareness of issues related to equality, diversity and inclusion, and facilitate implementation of good practice.

The Forum for Global Challenges are inviting proposals for contributions to their inaugral conference in May 2022. Topics include green economy, restoring nature, future of cities, food and nutrition security and health and wellbeing.

Funded PhD position available at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) under the supervison of Prof. Morten Otto Alexander Sommer and Dr. Ruben Vazquez Uribe in the Bacterial Synthetic Biology section at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability. Using synthetic biology to develop engineered bacterial therapeutics for the gut microbiome.

Up to £1500 funding for University of Cambridge researchers to undertake innovative public engagement with research activities.

3 Year bursary for students currently enrolled on a PhD programme. Subjects include: computational neuroscience, health research, machine learning and systems and networking.

Part-time year-long course supporting postdocs and fellows to develop their research identity and the capability to lead independent research projects.

Opportunity for early career researcher/science graduate at syntheic biology startup working on pan-coronavirus antivirals.

PhD Studentship available in the lab of Dr Richard Gill at Imperial College London. Working to develop remote sensing technologies to reveal pollination signatures in real-time.

New program to help graduate students develop important professional skills to complement their academic education and improve job-readiness.

Opportunity for post-graduate students, postdocs and staff to join Easter term i-Teams projects exploring bio-inspired robotics, 3D data visualisation and improved cancer treatments.

Opportunity to improve your communiaction skills by pitching your research to a public audience in 3mins. National competition including mentoring and £1000 prize.

Solve for Tomorrow is a nationwide competition, empowering the UK’s next generation of innovators to change the world for good. No qualifications required. No existing expertise needed. Just an idea that uses technology and a desire to make a difference.

Opportunity for Cambridge graduate students and ECRs to present their research at one of six virtual research symposia focused on net zero and zero-carbon solutions.

£10,000 funding for enterpreneurs aged 18-30 in the UK and South Africa to tackle global challenges.

Four week online course for postgraduates and researchers. Free self-paced course from the University of Cambridge Biological Sciences Libraries Team.

Linnean Society award of £1000 and a medal for the best doctoral thesis in biology.

Graduate student positions available with Sam Rodriques in the Applied Biotechnology Laboratory at the Francis Crick Institute. Projects include work on connectomics, viral vectors for gene therapy, and sequencing-based diagnostics for cancers and rare diseases.

Up to 3 year fellowships availble for PhD students representing the future of research in areas including computational neuroscience, heath research and machine learning. Includes a bursary and assigned Google mentor. Internal application process via the Research Strategy Office.

IFST travel bursaries support students to attend conferences or meetings related to all areas of food science and technology.

PhD position available working in the lab of Prof. Nigel Minton at the University of Nottingham, in collaboration with FOLIUM SCIENCE. Engineering bacterial endospores for drug delivery.

PhD position available working in the lab of Klaus Winzer at the University of Nottingham, in collaboration with Deep Branch. Developing sustainable protein feed alternatives.

PhD position available working in the lab of Matt Loose at the University of Nottingham, in collaboration with Oxford Nanopore Technologies. Developing DNA sequencing technologies.

4-year funded PhD programme in Bioprocess Engineering Leadership: Complex Biological Products Manufacture based at UCL.

4-year funded PhD studentships in agri-food based across the University of Reading, Cranfield University, the University of Surrey, Queen’s University Belfast, Aberystwyth University, and Brunel University London.

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in BioDesign Engineering aims to train the next generation of leaders at the interface of biology, engineering and data science. The CDT will have an integrative training programme that covers experimentation, automation, coding, data science and entrepreneurship applied to the design, realisation and optimisation of novel biological systems for diverse applications.

The CDT is being led by Imperial College with the University of Manchester and University College London as partners. All students will undertake the MRes in Systems and Synthetic Biology at Imperial College in their first year, with an extended project at the lead-supervisor institution, followed by a 3 year PhD registration in that host institution.

Our aim is to build an inclusive cohort of students with diverse skillsets from life sciences, engineering and physical/computational backgrounds. We therefore encourage applications from students that reflect this diversity.

The vigorous development of Systems and Synthetic Biology constitutes a huge challenge that must be met both from the research and education perspectives. mSSB represents the first step towards nurturing a new brand of researchers and engineers to face up to the challenge.

The aim of mSSB is to provide students from the Life Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering, Chemistry, Physical and Computer Sciences a mean to fruitfully engage in collaborative work across disciplinary boundaries, with applications in Systems & Synthetic Biology. Students undertaking the course will gain hands-on experience in experimental Biology, modelling and designing. They will also enhance transversal capacities including planning a project, giving a seminar, perceiving the industrial, economical and ethical issues associated with these developing fields.

Synthetic biology aims at engineering bio-computing devices in living organisms. Key to this endeavour is the computer-aided design of biological systems, which is not yet robust enough to design fully predictable genetic circuits. To this end, we need standards. Foremost among emerging computing standards is the Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL), an open standard for the representation of in silico biological designs.

This PhD project will focus on the research and development of novel design methods for synthetic biology based on SBOL. SBOL is being developed by an international community, for which the supervisors are Editor and Chair. This standard provides a data format that can capture information of complex systems in unprecedented level of detail, leading to the potential automation of synthetic biology workflows.