Level: Ph.D
Host: Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Cambridge Institute
          University of Cambridge
Supervisor: Professor Sir Shankar Balasubramanian

Applications are invited for a 4-year PhD studentship in the group led by Professor Sir Shankar Balasubramanian, on a project that is multidisciplinary, exploiting both chemistry and biology to explore fundamental mechanisms of genome function. While the primary genetic code is understood, this project seeks to study alternative nucleic acid secondary structures and/or covalent chemical modifications of DNA bases to understand how they contribute to the function of DNA.
Preferred skills/knowledge

  • Applicants must have (or expect to obtain) at least the equivalent of a UK upper second class honours degree (and preferably a Masters) in a chemical or biological discipline that is relevant to the project.
  • Ideally, the candidate will have a strong background in organic chemistry and/or chemical biology. 
  •  A good knowledge of nucleic acid chemistry and/or molecular biology methods is desirable. 
  • The student must be highly motivated, capable of independent thought and have excellent communication skills with the ability to work collaboratively.

Funding & Eligibility

  1. The studentships provide a maintenance grant and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. 
  2. Non-EU nationals will be considered only if they can cover the differential for overseas tuition fees.

How to apply

  • Applications should include a cover letter(The cover letter should explain why you wish to be considered for the studentship and describe the qualities and experience you would bring to the role).
  • CV
  • Detailed academic transcripts
  • The contact details for at least two academic referees
  • All documents should be emailed to: Jo Lockhart, PA to Professor Balasubramanian (email: herchel-smith-medchem-pa@ch.cam.ac.uk), mentioning ‘PhD Chemistry’ in the subject line.

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