Edinburgh is an excellent place to work and live. The Institute of Evolutionary Biology is one of the leading evolutionary departments worldwide and shares close links with the also excellent Institute of Immunology and Infection Research, in which the foundations of modern malaria genetics were discovered.
Our work is mainly empirical (experimental) and we use malaria parasites as a model system to tackle interesting evolutionary questions, which we hope will also provide new insights into the biology of these important parasites. We are also interested in other organisms (e.g. Melittobia parasitoid wasps) and mathematical modeling approaches.
In Edinburgh, PhD studentships are usually awarded to students rather than supervisors or particular projects. Project outlines will be posted on www.findaphd.com every autumn though we are especially keen hear from students with their own project in mind. The extent to which a proposed project has been developed before the interview rounds is very variable - some students have very specific projects whilst others are considering quite broad areas.
If you would like to apply for a PhD position in our group, email me:
Statements of research interests vary widely - some projects are planned in detail, others consist of 1 or more broad conceptual areas. Anywhere on this spectrum is fine as there is plenty of time and scope for your project to develop as you progress. Deadlines for applications and interview dates vary from year to year but roughly, applications are required by the end of January and interviews are held in early March.
More information can be found on the School of Biology Postgraduate Website.
Fellows or postdocs wishing to work with or in the group on related projects are very welcome.
If you would like join us, you should drive the preparation of a fellowship or grant application to obtain funding. The Institute of Evolutionary Biology has a development program to assist fellows with the preparation of their applications, interview practice and career development during fellowships.If you are a sabbatical visitor there are plenty of routes to obtain funding for your visit.