PhD Studentship: Studying Microbial Pathogenicity Using Functional Genomics

University of Bristol - School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

The project

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and talented PhD student to work under the supervision of Dr Ruth Massey in the School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. The Massey group has pioneered the application of functional genomics approaches to understanding how pathogens such as Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae cause disease in humans (for recent publications see PMID: 28785103 and PMID: 26331877). The successful candidate will join this research team and will be trained in the use of cutting edge molecular and cellular techniques including the necessary bioinformatics training. They should have some experience in a molecular or microbiology laboratory, and a willingness to embrace this multi-disciplinary project.

Interested and suitably qualified candidates should make informal contact at with Dr Ruth Massey ( before 31 January 2018. The intended start date for the project is September 2018, but there is flexibility. After contacting Dr Massey, you may be invited to make a formal application by sending a 2-page CV and covering letter explaining why you want to join this PhD program, and then additionally applying using the University of Bristol on-line application system.

How to apply

Please make an online application for this project at Please select Cellular and Molecular Medicine on the Programme Choice page. You will be prompted to enter details of the studentship in the Funding and Research Details sections of the form. For general enquiries linked to the online application process, please email

Candidate requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, a first class honours degree (or equivalent; a 2:1 degree qualification would be the minimum) and/or with a research Masters degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. microbiology, molecular biology, biomedical sciences, biochemistry). Applications are welcome from enthusiastic, self-motivated and high performing candidates.


Scholarship covers full UK/EU PhD tuition fees and a tax-free stipend at the current RCUK rate (at the standard Research Councils UK rate; currently £14,553 per annum for 2017-18). PhD to commence in September 2018, but there is flexibility.


Interested and suitably qualified candidates should make informal contact with Dr Ruth Massey by email on

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