mardi 15 novembre 2016

BBSRC SWBio DTP PhD CASE studentship: A One Health analysis of tuberculosis risk in cats, livestock, people and the environment. Ref: 2323

About the award

The South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership
The South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (SWBio DTP) is a BBSRC-funded PhD training programme in the biosciences, delivered by a consortium comprising the Universities of Bristol (lead), Bath, Cardiff, Exeter, and Rothamsted Research. Together, these institutions present a distinctive cadre of bioscience research staff and students with established international, national and regional networks and widely recognised research excellence. The partnership has a strong track record in advancing knowledge through high quality research and teaching in partnership with industry and government.
The aim of the SWBio DTP is to produce highly motivated and excellently trained postgraduates in the BBSRC priority areas of Agriculture & Food Security (AFS) and World-Class Underpinning Bioscience (WCUB). These are growth areas of the biosciences and for which there will be considerable future demand.

The award
This project is one of a number that are in competition for funding from the South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (SWBio DTP).  The SWBio DTP are recruiting up to five CASE studentships across the partnership.
For UK/EU nationals who meet the residency requirements outlined by the BBSRC, the studentship will cover funding for 4 years (48 months) as follows.  These awards might be available to part-time students, but only in exceptional circumstances, in which case the funding will be paid on a pro-rata basis.
•    a stipend at the standard Research Council UK rate; currently £14,296 per annum for 2016-2017
•    research and training costs
•    tuition fees (at the standard Research Councils UK rate
•    additional funds to support fieldwork, conferences and a 3-month internship
Further information about eligibility can be found in the BBSRC Guide to Studentship Eligibility.   

Academic Supervisors:
Main Supervisor:  Professor Robbie McDonald, University of Exeter
Co-supervisor:  Professor Dez Delahay, Animal and Plant Health Agency
Co-supervisor: Professor David Hodgson, University of Exeter

University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Cornwall

Project Description:
The increasing incidence of emerging infectious diseases in animals presents a challenge to the health and welfare of people, as well as their managed animals. This project will take a collaborative ‘One Health’ approach to understanding the potential for transmission of zoonoses among people, their managed animals (livestock and companion animals) and wildlife. The PhD will focus on a model system of mycobacterial infections that can cause tuberculosis in cats, livestock, wildlife and people. The student will examine the risks of cats acquiring and transmitting mycobacterial infections. The project will involve field studies of cat behaviour and foraging and interaction with actual and potential disease hosts (animals and humans) and potential sources of infection in the environment. The study will take place in disease hotspots, and will employ a range of telemetry and proximity-sensing technologies in the field as well as cutting edge diagnostic approaches and stable isotope analyses in the laboratory. It will be a collaboration between researchers at the University of Exeter, Animal and Plant Health Agency and The Roslin Institute and will provide training across a range of techniques and approaches in disease biology. The project will suit an interdisciplinary thinking biologist or veterinarian interested in developing a One Health approach to understanding and controlling important infections in animals and people.
This project will benefit from a CASE partner, Animal and Plant Health Agency. CASE students will be required to undertake a placement with the CASE partner which will be for a minimum of 3 months and can take place at any stage during the PhD.  This placement will be directly related to the PhD project. For further information about the CASE studentship, please contact the main supervisor.
Entry requirements:
Applicants should have obtained, or be about to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an appropriate area of science or technology.  Applicants with a Lower Second Class degree will be considered if they also have Masters degree or have significant relevant non-academic experience. In addition, due to the strong mathematical component of the taught course in the first year and the quantitative emphasis in our projects, a minimum of a grade B in A-level Maths or an equivalent qualification or experience is required.  If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 6.5 in IELTS and no less than 6.5 in any section by the start of the project.  Alternative tests may be acceptable, please see
Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award but no stipend.  Applicants who are classed as International for tuition fee purposes are not eligible for funding.  Further information about eligibility can be found in the following document:
Selection process
Please note, the studentship selection process will take place in two stages:
1.     The project supervisors will consider your application and may invite you to visit for an informal interview. You can apply for more than one BBSRC SWBio DTP project, although supervisors may take into account your interest and commitment to their particular project.  If you apply for multiple projects, please indicate your preferred project choice in your letter of application.  Each application for an individual project will be considered separately by the project supervisors.
2.     After closure of applications, each supervisory team will then nominate their preferred applicant.  A shortlist will be selected from these nominations and shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview on a selection day at the University of Exeter.  Please note that nomination by a project supervisor therefore does not guarantee the award of a studentship.


Application deadline:5th December 2016
Value:£14,296 per annum for 2016-17
Duration of award:per year
Contact: CLES PGR Team +44 (0) 1392 725150 /

How to apply

Click here to apply

Please be aware you will be asked to upload the following documents:
•         CV
•         Letter of application outlining your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake the project.  Please indicate your preferred project choice if applying for multiple BBSRC SWBio DTP projects.
•         Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained.  This should be an interim transcript if you are still studying.
•         If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your proficiency in English (see entry requirements above)
You will be asked to name 2 referees as part of the application process however we will not contact these people until the shortlisting stage. Your referees should not be from the prospective supervisory team.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Monday, 5 December 2016. Interviews will be held at the University of Exeter in early February 2017.

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email or phone +44 (0)1392 725150 / 723706. Project-specific queries should be directed to the primary supervisor.