The John Innes Centre (JIC), The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) and The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) offer two major types of PhD Programme:
Students on this programme apply to carry out research on a specific project. In most cases these projects are conceived by the supervisor and are advertised on our web site for competitive applications. These studentships are usually fully-funded (stipend, fees and research support costs). Students bringing their own funding (e.g. from national governments) may sometimes develop a project plan together with a supervisor. All applicants will be subject to the same assessment for acceptance on our PhD programme.
JIC, TSL and TGAC are partners in the BBSRC-funded NRP Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). The DTP programme offers four year funded studentships in all of the NRP research institutions and details can be found at the DTP web site http://www.biodtp.norwichresearchpark.ac.uk/ .
Most Project studentships involve a four-year period of study, of which the first three years are devoted to experimental work and related training. Students must submit their written thesis by the end of the 4th year. Project studentships will occasionally only provide three year’s funding in which case the student has an additional unfunded Registration-only year in which to complete writing up and submit the thesis.
'I'm a third year PhD student in Jeremy Murray's group, investigating the symbiosis between soil bacteria, underground fungi and the legume Medicago truncatula.
Regular lab meetings have built up my confidence in presenting my work to a scientific audience, and I have attended and presented my PhD work at a number of conferences during my three years at JIC.'
Kirsty Jackson, Project PhD student
Students on this prestigious four-year programme pursue three short research rotations during their first year, with the aim of enhancing their research training, before selecting a supervisor and a topic for their 3-year research project. Students benefit from experience of a wide range of experimental approaches and research environments. There is a general empowerment of student choice in the selection of both research topics and supervisors. (This elite programme is supported by the John Innes Foundation, the John Innes Centre, The Sainsbury Laboratory and The Genome Analysis Centre). See Rotation PhD programme
'As a rotation student I had the fantastic opportunity of undertaking three short projects with three different labs in my first year. At the end of my first year I chose to stay in the Coen lab, where I now work on understanding how shape develops.
In particular I use a combination of experimental work (3D imaging and gene expression studies) and computational modelling to investigate the role of tissue cell polarity in the development of barley flower and maize leaf.'
Annis Richardson, Rotation PhD student