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UoA3 PhD Studentships 2016

PhD studentships in health, biomedicine, chemical biology and psychology available from 3rd October 2016

We invite applications for full-time PhD studentships in health and allied subjects, to be based at The Open University. A number of projects are available, spanning our vision of ‘bench for society’ research in health and wellbeing. The nominal start date is 3rd October 2016. Candidates are required to have a first degree in a relevant subject (see individual projects for details). Studentships cover full-time fees and a stipend (currently £14,296 per annum) for three years.

If you would like to apply, please provide a completed an application form, an up-to-date CV and a personal statement describing your suitability for the project and any other relevant information that you think may support your case for consideration. Please ensure you indicate clearly the project(s) of interest in your application. Completed forms and documentation should be sent by email Science-PhD-Recruitment by 29th July 2016. Interviews will be held at our Milton Keynes Campus (or via Skype by arrangement) dates to be advised.

The Open University campus in Milton Keynes provides a friendly and flexible working environment for all of its staff and students. Applications are welcomed from UK and EU citizens for full time study. We particularly welcome applications from women and underrepresented groups.

You are encouraged to contact the lead supervisor of the project(s) for any informal enquiries relating to the project and candidate suitability. General enquiries should be directed to or

Click on the title of each project below for a detailed description.

OU1: Causes of heart dysfunction in Batten disease.
Contact: Dr Katja Rietdorf

OU2: Development of tools for glycan analysis and quantitative sialic acid glycomics
Contact: Dr Sarah Allman

OU3: Influence of the changing microbiome on metabolic control from gestation to childhood: manipulating parental diet for healthy outcomes in offspring
Contact: Dr Vicky Taylor

OU4: Targeting gold nanoparticles to brain endothelium via the transferrin receptor
Contact: Prof David Male

OU5: Investigation into the molecular mechanisms underlying idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH)
Contact: Prof Nacho Romero

OU6: Translational studies of the effects of circadian rhythm disruption on cognition and emotional state.
Contact: Dr Christopher Heath

OU7: The effect of organophosphate exposure on neuronal function and its role in mood disorders
Contact: Dr Rachel McMullen

OU8: Epigenetics and non-coding RNAs as novel therapeutic targets for incurable neuroendocrine prostate cancer.
Contact: Dr Francesco Crea

OU9: Novel bio-imaging agents and their application to studies of cellular processes
Contact: Dr James Bruce

OU10: Development of molecular imprints for protein isoform detection and manipulation
Contact: Dr Nicholas Turner