Life Sciences Research Scholarship
22 Oct 2017
Life Sciences Research Scholarship

Closing date: 31 October 2017

Contract: 3 years of funded scholarship with 6 months to complete the thesis

Salary: The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend. The bursary will be limited to a maximum of £14,340 p.a. dependent upon the applicant's financial circumstances assessed in section C point 4 in the KESS II Participant Proposal Form.

There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.

KESS II Funded PhD Studentship available: The development and application of a MeDIP (methylated DNA immunoprecipitation) assay for epigenetic profiling of primary ascites-derived cells to determine a link between metabolism and drug-resistance in ovarian cancer

Background - Swansea University Life Sciences Scholarship

Swansea University is a UK top 30 institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

The aim of this studentship is to investigate aberrant epigenetic profiles of key metabolic genes, concentrating primarily on DNA methylation and altered histone modifications, in ascites-derived tumour cells using Chromatrap’s solid-state immunoprecipitation (IP) platform from Porvair.

In addition to using Chromatrap’s technology the objectives of the studentship will also be met using a variety of analytical approaches including, but not limited to, advanced cell culture (primary ascites-derived cells), fluorescent (confocal) microscopy, metabolic and biochemical assays (ELISA, qPCR, Western Blot and fluorescent-based plate-reader assays), as well as flow cytometry.

This project is a collaboration between Swansea University Medical School (Dr James Cronin and Dr Lewis Francis) and Porvair (Dr Amy Beynon).

Scholarships are collaborative awards with external partners including SME’s and micro companies, as well as public and third sector organisations. The scholarship provides 3 years of funding with a 6 month period to complete the thesis. The achievement of a postgraduate skills development award, PSDA, is compulsory for each KESS II scholar and is based on a 60 credit award.

Scholarship Eligibility & Skills

Candidates should have a 2.1 or above in their undergraduate degree, preferably in Genetics, Biochemistry or a related subject. They should also be eligible for UK/EU Fees.

For more information on eligibility criteria please refer to section C of the KESS II Participant Proposal Form. For any queries relating to Section C – Eligibility, please contact

For details on the University’s English Language entry requirements, please visit –

How to apply

Applicants are strongly advised to contact Dr James Cronin regarding information on the area of research via email (

To apply:

  1. Complete the KESS II Participant Proposal Form
  2. Complete the KESS Supplementary Application Form
  3. You will also need to provide copies of the following documentation:
  • Degree certificates
  • References
  • CV
  • English Language certificate (if required)
  • All supporting documentation as detailed in Section C of the KESS II Participant Proposal Form

Please return both application forms and supporting documentation to the KESS Office at the address stated on the KESS II Participant Proposal Form (original ink signatures only).

For any queries please contact

The deadline for applications is 4pm 31 October 2017.