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Four-year PhD programme based in the Department of Pharmacology

last modified Dec 02, 2015 09:06 AM
Applications are invited for a four-year PhD programme based in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Cambridge and the new AstraZeneca Global Research and Development Centre at Cambridge.


Purpose and details

The programme aims to educate and train the next-generation doctoral scientists in all aspects of cutting edge pharmacological research and its applications in medicine and biology. 

  • Students awarded places on the programme can undertake two laboratory rotations prior to joining a group for the PhD research project OR can join a specific research group from the outset.
  • All students will have the opportunity to spend some time conducting research at the AstraZeneca Global Research and Development Centre in Cambridge.
  • All students will receive a tailored career development programme and an AstraZeneca-based project supervisor (in addition to a Pharmacology based supervisor), designed to broaden their research and professional skills.

Applicants should have or shortly expect to obtain a minimum of a UK II.i Honours Degree (or equivalent) in Pharmacology or a related subject including Cellular or Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. Competition is intense and successful applicants are likely to demonstrate high academic achievements. We are looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic individual, capable of thinking and working independently.

Deadline for applications:  15th January 2016; interviews late January 2016.

Funding: Full funding covering the University Composition Fee, Maintenance (currently £17,000 pa), and an allowance for consumables is provided for up to 4 years, with effect from 1 October 2016.

Any enquiries should be addressed to Dr. Lesley MacVinish by email at

To apply, please e-mail the following at

  • your CV with full contact details of 2 academic referees (max two A4 pages),
  • your academic transcript, and
  • a cover letter (max two A4 pages) highlighting (a) your background/research interests, (b) how you will fit in with    this project, (c) what you hope to achieve in the programme and your career aspirations beyond the programme, and (d) why this programme at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge is the best place for you to pursue your interests.

Applications will be assessed as and when they are submitted. Face-to-face and/or telephone interviews will take place up to 31 January 2016.

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