PhD Studentship in Molecular Endocrinology

Brunel University London

United Kingdom



Applications are invited for a partially funded PhD Studentship. The student working on this project will investigate the role of novel hormones in the human placenta and their role in human reproduction.  

Project details

The human placenta is a transient endocrine organ that is crucial for the maintenance of pregnancy. The successful student will:

• Study the expression at gene, protein level as well as cellular distribution of novel hormones in cell lines and in clinical samples.

• Use microarrays or RNAseq to identify the key genes that are differentially regulated by these hormones.

• Dissect further the intracellular signaling in vitro using 3D cultures.

This partially-funded studentship offers bench fees plus Home (UK) tuition fees for 3 years for a maximum of 36 months.  Preferred start date is 1st October 2019. 

The work will be conducted in the Department of Life Sciences under the direct supervision of Dr Emmanouil Karteris and in collaboration with clinicians and researchers from other leading UK Universities, offering to the student the opportunity to be part of a dynamic research network specialising in molecular and cellular endocrinology.

For informal discussions about this studentship, please contact Dr Karteris ( 


Candidates should have an undergraduate degree (first or upper second class) or equivalent qualification  in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology or similar disciplines. A Master’s qualification in biochemistry, cellular and/or molecular biology is highly desirable. Experience in mammalian cell culturing, qPCR and protein analyses is essential.  Applicants who have not been awarded a degree by a University in the UK will be expected to demonstrate English language skills to IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in any section). 

How to Apply

If you wish to apply, please e-mail the following to by midnight Sunday 23rd June 2019. 

  • An up-to-date CV.

  • A single-page A4 single-spaced personal statement stating the name of PhD Studentship being applied for and setting out why you are a suitable candidate (i.e. outlining your qualifications and skills).

  • One example of your academic writing (e.g. an essay, a section from an undergraduate or Masters’ Dissertation).

  • A summary of your teaching experience or the teaching activities you feel you could support.

  • Names and contact details for two academic referees.

  • A copy of your highest degree certificate and transcript.

  • A copy of your English language qualification (where applicable).

Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview week commencing 15th of July 2019. Applicants chosen for interview will be instructed to submit a formal online application via Admissions.   

For further information about how to apply, please contact the College of Health and Life Sciences Postgraduate Research Student Office on

In your application, please refer to