The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) leads the discovery and application of new technologies and approaches to minimise the use of animals in research and improve animal welfare. We fund research, support training and development, and stimulate changes in regulation and practice.

NC3Rs-funded studentships are due to commence in 2014. Candidates should hold, or realistically expect to obtain, at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent. They should have a strong academic background in the biological sciences and a desire to pursue research in line with that of the research groups. Requirements vary for each studentship.

Funding provides full support for tuition fees for the three-year duration of the PhD, associated project costs, and an annual tax-free stipend. The minimum stipend is set annually by RCUK for 2013/2014 – £13,726 outside London, £15,726 in London.

Why do an NC3Rs-funded PhD?
– Gain a solid introduction to research that aims to replace, reduce and refine the use of animals in science.
– Undertake scientific training with a prestigious university committed to 3Rs research.
– Join the UK’s growing 3Rs research community and participate in our studentship summer school.
– Contribute to research that advances the boundaries of how science is conducted.

For further information, details of the application process and deadlines for submission, please contact the relevant project supervisor:
University of Aberdeen with Marine Science Scotland

Development of a method for non-lethal sampling from individual fish to investigate host responses to ectoparasites. Supervisor: Professor Chris Secombes
University of Birmingham with University of Oxford

Creating an in vitro model of pathogenic ossification to explore methods for dispersion. Supervisor: Professor Liam Grover
University of Edinburgh

Motor neuron regeneration in larval zebrafish. Supervisor: Dr Catherina Becker
The Babraham Institute, University of Cambridge

Towards engineering a multi-cell lineage multi-organism intestine. Supervisor: Dr Marc Veldhoen
University of East Anglia with University of Liverpool

Development of a non-mammalian, pre-clinical screening tool (FETOX) for predictive analysis of drug safety. Supervisor: Dr Grant Wheeler
University of Hertfordshire with GlaxoSmithKline

DM-MAP: Drug and Metabolite Microsampling Analytical Platform for preclinical medicines development. Supervisor: Dr Darragh Murnane
University of Leeds

Development of an in vitro system to determine the causes of aberrant, leukaemogenic V(D)J recombinant reactions. Supervisor: Dr Joan Boyes
University of Liverpool

Developing molecular therapies for glaucoma using an ex vivo human organ culture system. Supervisor: Professor Colin Willoughby
University of Oxford

Development of a patient-derived cellular model of circadian disruption in bipolar disorder. Supervisor: Dr Sridhar Vasudevan
Royal Holloway, University of London with University College London

Find the target of valproic acid; pioneering the use of a non-animal model for basic biomedical (epilepsy) research. Supervisor: Professor Robin Williams
Royal Veterinary College

Replacing rodent models for investigating the influence of the microbiome upon innate immune responses and resistance to pathogens. Supervisor: Dr Rachel Lawrence
University of Southampton

Exploitation of an ex vivo disease model to characterise early events in retinal degeneration. Supervisor: Dr J Arjuna Ratnayaka
University of Strathclyde

Developing microfluidic systems for high-throughput studies of functional neuronal networks. Supervisor: Dr Michele Zagnoni
University of Sussex

Development of a refined model of neuropathic pain: a model without frank nerve injury. Supervisor: Dr Andrew DilleyPosts are open to UK nationals. EU nationals, who have spent at least 3 years prior to the application resident in the UK, are also eligible to apply. Non-UK residents can only be considered if the Research Organisation can demonstrate a shortage of high-quality UK candidates, and this must be approved by the NC3Rs prior to appointment

Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

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