Pirbright Studentships 2019

At the present time we are encouraging applications for our partner studentships with The Pirbright Institute which support research undertaken under the joint supervision of academics at The Pirbright Institute and the University of Oxford. These studentships may be of particular interest to students with interests in areas such as virology, immunology, pathogen evolution and animal health and welfare. Examples of projects that were offered in previous years include:

  • Elucidating the interplay of viruses, bacteria and mucosal immunity in the avian gut: How virus-induced immunosuppression exacerbates secondary infections at the mucosa. Dr. Andrew Broadbent, The Pirbright Institute; Prof. Adrian Smith, University of Oxford.
  • Investigating intra-host influenza virus diversity. Dr. Holly Shelton, The Pirbright Institute & Prof. Ervin Fodor, University of Oxford
  • Selection, geography and the evolution of pathogens. Dr. Luca Ferretti, The Pirbright Institute and Prof. Daniel Wilson, University of Oxford
  • Genetic control of pest insects. Prof. Luke Alphey, The Pirbright Institute and Prof. Michael Bonsall, University of Oxford

Students also undertake a 12-week professional internship to gain direct experience of the areas of work.

Candidates for Pirbright studentships should apply directly to the Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP and state in their application that they wish to be considered for a Pirbright studentship. Their personal statement should include an explanation of their interest in working at The Pirbright Institute. Students who are awarded Pirbright studentships will have the opportunity to participate fully in the 4-year training programme provided by the DTP, and will have the opportunity to undertake exploratory projects in two research groups before committing to a specific 3-year research project, which will be undertaken under the joint supervision of researchers at The Pirbright Institute and the University of Oxford or Oxford Brookes University.

We welcome applications from students who hold, or are on target to achieve a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in a relevant academic subject. Up to 38 studentships are available for UK and EU students for the forthcoming academic year supported by the BBSRC and the partnership (BBSRC eligibility criteria apply).

Full details of the programmes and information on how to apply can be found at www.biodtp.ox.ac.uk or by e-mailing dtpenquiries@biodtp.ox.ac.uk