New Ker Memorial PhD Studentship available at the University of Edinburgh for 2017

The Edinburgh Infectious Diseases Ker Memorial PhD Studentship in infectious disease research is available at the University of Edinburgh in 2017. 

Edinburgh Infectious Diseases is the network of researchers across the city of Edinburgh with an interest in infectious disease.  It includes basic scientists, clinicians, veterinarians, and social scientists and provides a vibrant environment for exciting collaborative research. 

As part of our development of ground-breaking multidisciplinary research in infectious diseases, the new Ker Memorial Studentship will be held jointly in the School of Biological Sciences and the Deanery of Biomedical Sciences.  It offers the successful student the opportunity to undertake world class research, alongside invaluable career development training in teaching.

The Studentship is funded for UK/EU students for four years, covering fees and a stipend of ~£14K per annum, which is partly funded by a generous gift by Miss Aileen Ker, in memory of her father and grandfather who were infectious disease physicians in Edinburgh in the early 20th century.

Apply by Thursday 16 December 2016


Available projects

There are six projects available to the successful student.  Candidates should contact supervisors to discuss projects prior to making an application.  Please note only one Studentship will be awarded.

Project title:  Coinfection Dynamics in African Children

Supervisors: Dr Francisca Mutapi (Email address: f.mutapi@ed.ac.uk; School of Biological Sciences) and Prof Mark Woolhouse (Email address: mark.woolhouse@ed.ac.uk; Deanery of Biomedical Sciences)

Project title:  Development of a data-science driven technology to identify synergistic inhibitors of viral replication

Supervisor: Prof Jurgen Haas (Email address: juergen.haas@ed.ac.uk; Deanery of Biomedical Sciences) and Prof Manfred Auer (Email address: manfred.auer@ed.ac.uk; School of Biological Sciences)

Project title: How can real-time sequencing of viral genomes help inform epidemiology and public health of acute viral epidemics?

Supervisors:  Prof Andrew Rambaut (Email address: a.rambaut@ed.ac.uk; School of Biological Sciences) and Prof Mark Woolhouse (Email address: mark.woolhouse@ed.ac.uk; Deanery of Biomedical Sciences)

Project title:  Metabolite mediated control of Drug Resistance in Klebsiella pneumoniae

Supervisors: Dr. Thamarai Schneiders (Email address: Thamarai.Schneiders@ed.ac.uk; Deanery of Biomedical Sciences) and Dr. Teuta Pilizota (Email address: teuta.pilizota@ed.ac.uk; School of Biological Sciences)

Project title:  Ovotransferrin family proteins – nature’s defence factors as new antimicrobial substances for animal health and food security

Supervisors:  Prof Manfred Auer (Email address: manfred.auer@ed.ac.uk; School of Biological Sciences) and Prof Jürgen Haas (Email address: juergen.haas@ed.ac.uk; Deanery of Biomedical Sciences)

Project title:  Vesicle fusion proteins in herpesvirus egress through the nuclear envelope as potential therapeutic targets

Supervisors:  Dr Eric Schirmer (Email address: e.schirmer@ed.ac.uk; School of Biological Sciences) and Professor Michael Cousin (Email address: M.Cousin@ed.ac.uk; Deanery of Biomedical Sciences)


Career development in teaching

In addition to giving the student an outstanding resarch training, The Ker Memorial Studentship has been designed to also provide the successful candidate with career development training in teaching. 

The student will contribute 180 h teaching per academic session for the first three years of their study. This will be combined with associated tasks such as marking or demonstrating, e-tutoring or group facilitation, perhaps with some lecturing or course development experience towards the end of their studies.

This training will be structured in the same way as the University of Edinburgh Principal's Career Development PhD Scholarships.


Flexible start date

The projects offered for this studentship are available from spring 2017.  However the start date is flexible and students can begin their studies up until 1 October 2017.


    Apply now

    The closing date for applications is Thursday 16 December at 12 noon. 

    The Studentship will be administered by Edinburgh Infectious Diseases.  For further information contact the Executive Manager Hilary Snaith (eid@ed.ac.uk).


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