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iCASE 2020: Four industrial CASE (iCASE) studentships are available for doctoral study at Oxford

MRC Enterprise Studentship Programme 2020 (industrial CASE awards)

Four industrial CASE (iCASE) studentships are available for doctoral study at Oxford, to start in October 2020. Each iCASE studentship is fully-funded for four years with a stipend of £20,000 p.a., all course fees paid, plus a research training support grant. Applications must be received by 12 noon (UK time) Friday 10 January 2020. Details on how to apply can be found here.

Designed to nurture the academic entrepreneurs of the future, the Enterprise studentship programme offers a stimulating educational experience as part of the Oxford-MRC DTP cohort, with the additional benefit of working closely with an industrial partner. This will provide entrepreneurial training opportunities and an insight into how commercial science is conducted alongside a superb academic base within the University. Students will work for at least 3 months in the associated company.

The four projects are:

1.       Oxford Bruker Neuroproteomics Studentship (Lead supervisor: Assoc Prof Olaf Ansorge, commercial partner: Bruker Daltonics)

2.       Integrating human functional genomics, epigenomics and transcriptomics to accelerate drug discovery for precision medicine in asthma. Acronym: OxMAP (Oxford Multiomics Asthma Project) (Lead supervisor: Dr Timothy Hinks, commercial partner: Sensyne Health)

3.       Chimeric Antigen B Cell (CAR B Cell) Therapy for Targeted Therapeutic and Prophylactic Vaccination (Lead supervisor: Prof Len Seymour, commercial partner: Oxford Genetics)

4.       Understanding common genomic pathways between endometriosis and other chronic pain conditions and their functional significance (Lead supervisor: Prof Katy Vincent, commercial partner: Lilly UK)

 

Entry Requirements

Within equal opportunities principles and legislation, applications will be assessed in the light of an applicant’s ability to meet the following entry requirements:

1. Academic ability

Proven and potential academic achievements

Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in a relevant discipline such as biology, biochemistry, or medicine. However, entrance is very competitive and most successful applicants have a first-class degree or the equivalent.

A previous master's degree is not required.

No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or GMAT scores are sought.

Other appropriate indicators will include: 

Supporting documents

You will be required to supply supporting documents with your application, including references and an official transcript. See 'How to apply' for instructions on the documents you will need.

Performance at interview

Interviews are normally held as part of the admissions process.  

Candidates who are shortlisted are interviewed as part of the admissions process. Shortlisting will be based on the criteria given above. There will be a minimum of three academics on the interview panel. By preference, interviews will be conducted in person, but when this is not possible we will use telephone or Skype (with video) and ensure that applicants are not disadvantaged by using these forms of communication. Normally the interview will consist of a five-minute presentation of previous project work by the applicant, followed by 15-25 minutes of questioning from the panel.

Publications

Prior publications are not required, but research experience and a demonstrable interest in the commercialisation of research may be an advantage.

Other qualifications, evidence of excellence and relevant experience

Evidence of a prior interest in the area of research proposed is likely to advantage your application.

2. English language requirement

Applicants whose first language is not English are usually required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the standard level required by the University.

3. Disability, health conditions and specific learning difficulties

Students are selected for admission without regard to gender, marital or civil partnership status, disability, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, age or social background.

Decisions on admission are based solely on the individual academic merits of each candidate and the application of the entry requirements appropriate to the course.

Further information on how these matters are supported during the admissions process is available in our guidance for applicants with disabilities.

4. Assessors

All recommendations to admit a student involve the judgment of at least two members of academic staff with relevant experience and expertise, and additionally must be approved by the Director of Graduate Studies or Admissions Committee (or equivalent departmental persons or bodies).

Admissions panels or committees will always include at least one member of academic staff who has undertaken appropriate training.

It would be expected that graduate applicants would be familiar with the recent published work of their proposed supervisor.

 Eligibility

To be eligible for a full award, applicants must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and must have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. Further details about residence requirements may be obtained here.

How To Apply

Before applying for these positions we recommend you contact the lead supervisors for informal discussions. To make a formal application, please complete the University’s online application form for the DPhil in Interdisciplinary Medical Research (MRC DTP) (course code R25_1). In your application, you must indicate that you are applying for an advertised studentship competition, using the reference code iCASE. Please indicate clearly which project(s) you are applying for, in order of preference. It is possible to apply for up to 3 MRC iCASE projects on your application. You will need to provide a CV outlining your academic achievements and relevant experience, and a personal statement (500 words max) detailing your interest and fit for the studentship. Note that no project proposal is required for the iCASE studentship applications.

If you wish to apply for both the iCASE projects and other non-iCASE projects within other departments, you will have to make separate applications in addition to your iCASE application.

If you have any specific queries about the iCASE application process, please email mrc@medsci.ox.ac.uk. General advice on how to pick a graduate advisor and how to choose a scientific problem can be found in these two articles:

All applications must be received by the deadline of 12 noon (UK time) Friday 10 January 2020.

We expect to interview shortlisted applicants in February and to make offers by the end of February. 

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