Core/Standard Studentships

Applications for Core (or ‘Standard’) studentships for entry in October 2024 are now closed.

Successful applicants have been notified.

Note that not all projects listed will be funded; studentships will be competitively allocated to the best students, with 7 projects receiving funding at each institution (Leeds, Sheffield and York), so 21 studentships in total.

How to apply for Core studentships

Students may apply for up to three projects anywhere in the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). Applications will be to the DTP centrally, using an online ‘Expression of Interest’ (EoI). The EoI will include:

  • CV information; not submitted separately
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) data
  • Names of two referees

Deadline for Expressions of Interest is midnight Sunday 7th January 2024.

Click here to go to the Expression of Interest on-line form

What happens next?

After candidates have applied, they will receive confirmation of receipt of their application from the DTP. Candidates will be informed as soon as possible if they have been shortlisted for interview.

Interviews will be held either Friday 2nd and Monday 5th to Friday 9th February, or Monday 19th to Friday 23rd and Monday 26th February 2024.  Interviews will be held at Leeds, Sheffield, York.  The panel will consist of representatives from all 3 Universities.  Shortlisted candidates will be notified of a specific time/date to attend.  Interviews will be held in person.

Paperwork – Please note that, prior to interview, shortlisted candidates must make formal applications to the Graduate School at each institution, supplying the necessary paperwork not already submitted as part of the EoI. Candidates will be advised of the process for this.

Core Studentship Projects

The projects on offer are listed below:

UniversityLead SupervisorProject Details
SheffieldDr Dan BoseCryoEM and structural mapping of gene-regulatory non-coding RNAs
SheffieldDr Stuart CampbellMaking Sense of Floral Scents: Investigating the mechanisms of tissue specific scent production in plants
SheffieldDr Luke DunningUnraveling the mechanics of lateral gene transfer between grasses
SheffieldDr Iwan EvansYou are what you eat: mining macrophage diversity to enhance phagocytosis
SheffieldDr Matt JohnsonExploring the structure and dynamics of Complex I and ATP synthase in photosynthetic organisms
SheffieldDr Stuart JohnsonUnderstanding the primary role of myosin VI in the function of auditory hair cells
SheffieldProf Mikko JuusoloCould direct synaptic feedback from the Drosophila brain to its compound eye mediate the pop-out selective attention phenomenon in flies?
SheffieldDr Ian LidburyMicrobial warfare or recycling? Identifying the molecular mechanisms underpinning cell envelope hydrolysis in plant bacteria
SheffieldDr Nicola NadeauThe genetic and developmental control of complex nanostructure formation in butterfly wing scales
SheffieldDr Anton NikolaevUnderstanding the physiological and molecular changes in mouse retinal cells during development and ageing
SheffieldDr Emily NoelExtracellular matrix dynamics in making and shaping the heart
SheffieldDr Andrew ParnellImaging bacterial death on nanostructured antibacterial surfaces
SheffieldDr Henry RoehlThe regulation of epithelial cell dynamics during zebrafish tail regeneration
SheffieldDr Tatyna ShelkovnikovaPost-translational protein modifications (PTMs) in the regulation of stress-responsive biomolecular condensates
SheffieldDr Lisa SmithCell wall changes during plant reproduction
SheffieldProf David StruttUsing cross-linking mass-spectrometry and Alphafold to explore planar polarity protein conformations and complex organisation
SheffieldDr Ian SudberyHow can we identify variants in untranslated RNA that affect stem-cells
SheffieldProf Stuart WilsonUnderstanding the structure of mRNA in vivo.
LeedsDr Graham AskewMuscle function during running
LeedsDr Julie AspdenMechanisms of protein synthesis in neural development
LeedsDr Tom BennettInside-out: defining a novel nucleus-plasma membrane hormonal signalling mechanism in plants
LeedsProf Amanda BretmanBee fertility in a warming world – how climate change affects reproduction
LeedsAssociate Professor Elizabeth DuncanSensing the environment: How do environmental cues affect reproduction in insects?
LeedsDr Glyn HemsworthInvestigating the molecular function of the AAL cassette in gram negative bacteria
LeedsDr Jonathan LippiattThe structural and mechanistic basis of neuronal sodium-activated potassium channel function and pharmacology.
LeedsDr Viktor LukacsGenome engineering to identify molecular targets of analgesic natural compounds
LeedsProf Andrew MacdonaldUsing a novel anal epithelial cell culture model to understand the mechanisms of human papillomavirus transcriptional re-programming
LeedsDr Stephen MuenchUnravelling the mechanisms behind inherited heart disease through time-resolved electron microscopy
LeedsProf Neil RansonHow does removal of stalled outer membrane proteins at the BAM complex contribute to outer membrane integrity?
LeedsProf Lee RobertsHow does skeletal muscle communicate across organs, tissues and cell types to induce the beneficial metabolic effects of exercise?
LeedsProf Bruce TurnbullMolecular Snail Trails: mapping the movement of protein toxins and virus particles through the glycocalyx for cell entry
LeedsDr Simon WalkerKiller flies: sensory physiology and flight control of an aerial predatory insect
LeedsProf Michael WebbStructural basis for phosphohistidine-dependent regulation of C4 photosynthesis
YorkProf Luke AlpheyUnderstanding the role of piRNAs in mosquito immunity
YorkProf Fred AntsonRevealing Virus Assembly Mechanisms through Cutting-Edge Cryo Electron Microscopy
YorkDr Dave BoucherNovel functions of RNA-binding proteins in inflammasome signaling
YorkDr Will BrackenburyBioelectrical control of epithelial cell behaviour
YorkDr Katherine BridgeDevelopment of a site-directed chromatin interactome technology to map transcriptional drivers of hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) ex vivo expansion
YorkProf Dawn CoverleyStructure and function of CIZ1-histone complexes
YorkProf Seth DavisMechanistic perception of evening coolness in Arabidopsis
YorkProf Katherine DenbyEngineering Gene Regulatory Networks To Enhance Crop Disease Resistance
YorkDr Daphne EzerHow seeds detect the season
YorkDr Martin FascioneChemGlycoPectin: Chemical glycobiology tools for the mechanistic exploration and inhibition of pathogenic plant pectin degrading enzymes
YorkProf Gideon GroganShining a Light on Enzymes: Photochemistry of Iminases
YorkDr Andrea HarperChemical warfare in the rhizosphere: unlocking the defensive roles of plant root exudates against the bacterial pathogen Ralstonia solanacearum
YorkDr Michelle HawkinsHow do helicases prevent replication and transcription machinery collisions?
YorkDr Chris HillDefining the mechanism of enteroviral cis-replicative elements using structural, biophysical and virological approaches
YorkDr Sean MeadenUnderstanding the drivers of viral lifestyles in the soil microbiome
YorkDr Liz RylottEngineering nickel hyperaccumulation in biomass crop plants
YorkDr Federico SabbadinNew secreted virulence factors from Phytophthora infestans
YorkProf Dani UngarMechanistic dissection of intra-Golgi vesicle targeting
YorkDr Pegine WalradInvestigating the impact of PRMT-catalysed methylation on RBP:RNA interactions, mRNP granule formation (LLPS), structural dynamics and gene regulation