Department of Biochemistry Postgraduate Studentships


In collaboration with the Medical Sciences Division and Colleges, the Department awards a number of Postgraduate Research Studentships each year. These are full awards that will cover University and College Fees and funding for living expenses. All applicants that apply by the early January deadline will automatically be considered for one of these awards.

In addition to Department of Biochemistry Studentships, we occassionally advertise studentships that are associated with a specific Group Leader or Project. Details about these studentships are given below.

Group Leader and Project-specific Studentships

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Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford

Main academic supervisor: Prof. Kim Nasmyth

Please quote Studentship Source Code:Kim1


Cohesin is a member of a class of ring-shaped complexes that govern the topology of chromosomal DNAs in eubacteria, archebacteria, and eukaryotes. Work in our lab has shown that Cohesin mediates chromatid cohesion by entrapping sister DNAs inside its tripartite ring. The research project will focus on elucidating the mechanisms by which co-entrapment of sister DNAs within the cohesin ring is achieved. To address these mechanisms the student will need to apply and use techniques such as genetics, biochemistry, structural biology, genome-wide sequencing techniques and advanced microscopy in both mammalian and yeast systems.      

Training Opportunities:

The student will receive training, as required, in the aforementioned techniques.

The Scholarship

The scholarship covers course fees (at the Home/EU rate) and a grant for living costs for full-time students of not less than £15,009 per annum. Awards are made for the full duration of your fee liability for the agreed course.

The scholarship is funded by the Nasmyth Lab.

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Students with a molecular biology, cell biology or biochemistry background, ideally with some relevant practical undergraduate experience, would be preferred.

Informal enquiries are welcome:

To apply for this funded studentship, please submit an online application to the University of Oxford (Erol to add link) for admission to the D.Phil. in Biochemistry (course code: RD_BC1) by the deadline 12.00 noon (UK time) 24th May 2019.  It is very important that you quote Studentship Source Code Kim1. No research proposal is required as part of the application. Instead you are required to upload a personal statement of no more than 1000 words, describing your motivation and aptitude for this position, and your CV, plus including official transcripts of your undergraduate marks and degrees. Please arrange that three referees directly submit references for you.

Project Title: Elucidating how the brain develops from stem cells using revolutionary imaging technologies at single molecule and cell resolutions

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