EASTBIO BBSRC DTP PhD Studentships 2016

Application Deadline: Monday 14 December 2015 - How to Apply

The following projects will be supervised by an inter-disciplinary team of academic staff.

Agriculture & Food Security

Bioscience for Health

Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy

World Class Underpinning Bioscience


EASTBIO is a partnership between the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and St. Andrews; The Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA); and the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA). The Partnership was created in response to the establishment of BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) to provide PhD training in areas of strategic relevance to the BBSRC. The EASTBIO Partnership will be appointing around 29 PhD students to start in September 2016. The DTP scheme will provide students with excellent cross-disciplinary research training in line with the current BBSRC strategy for research support and training.

Our overarching aim is to develop a unified, cutting edge training curriculum for postgraduate research students, that will equip our students both to undertake world-class research projects and for their future employment needs. Our proposed programme will cover the three main priority areas identified in the BBSRC's Strategic Plan - Agriculture & Food Security, Industrial Biotechnology & Bioscience, Bioscience for Health and World Class Underpinning Bioscience - and will provide state-of-the-art training in the BBSRC Core Skills areas, emphasising new ways of working.

Training Programme Overview

The EASTBIO programme is designed to provide multidisciplinary training for students with diverse backgrounds including bioscience, biomedical, mathematical and physical sciences.  The focus will be on ‘Interdisciplinary Training’, ‘Enabling New Ways of Working’ and development of ‘Niche Skills’.  Expert training in one discipline will be supplemented by cross disciplinary training in others, enabling students to draw on a range of technologies and approaches to address biological questions.  The programme structure will be tailored to the individual student’s background, training needs and the nature of the research project.

EASTBIO will run a comprehensive training programme structured into three components:

(i) Research Training

(ii) Bioscience Skills Training

(iii) Generic Skills Training

 The programme will be supported by annual residential and non-residential workshops and symposia.