Quantum Biology PhD Scholarships available at the University of Surrey from October 2018. Apply now!

Do you think you can contribute to the future of quantum biology, the first new science of the 21st century?

With the support of the Leverhulme Trust, the University of Surrey has established the world’s first Doctoral Training Centre for Quantum Biology headed by me and my Life on the Edge co-author, Jim Al-Khalili.

Over the next three years we will be awarding seven scholarships for new PhD students each year to study for a PhD within the Centre. Scholarships will pay the standard UK/EU fees and students will receive a stipend of £14,553 per annum. We are looking for applications for our first cohort of seven PhD students starting in October, 2018.

Each student accepted into the Centre will engage in a 3 year PhD programme. As well and me and Jim, the DTC will involve 16 staff members, mostly from Surrey but also from the National Physics Laboratory and the metrology company LGC (used to be Laboratory of the Government Chemist).

Laboratory space for the Centre will be within our new interdisciplinary Innovation for Health Learning Laboratory at the University of Surrey. This £12M state-of-the art laboratory space was established with the support of a £5 million grant from HEFCE to enable students from the physical, mathematical and biological science to work and learn alongside each other, giving valuable insight into each other’s speciality and engaging in hybrid research driven projects. However, students will also spend time in other leading laboratories, such as the National Physics Laboratory.

Students must have a BSc in Physics, Biology, Engineering, Mathematics or related disciplines and a willingness to work across the disciplines. Both theoretical and experiment projects will be offered on a range of areas from photosynthesis to molecular mechanisms of enzymology, olfaction, mutation, photosynthesis, nanobiotechnology, synthetic biology and many more topics. An A Level, or equivalent, in mathematics, will also be required for all students to ensure that everyone can communicate with each other within the Centre.

If you want to know more about Quantum Biology, why not read Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology (US edition here).

If you are interested in applying, please complete the online application form by 9th April, 2018.