Opportunities

Postdocs

Currently there are no Postdoc jobs available in the Rowe group.  Any jobs coming up will be advertised in Nature jobs and on the University of Edinburgh jobs website.

Potential postdocs who are willing to develop their own project ideas and apply for fellowship funding are welcome to apply at any time. Email me (Alex.Rowe@ed.ac.uk) and tell me why you want to work in the Rowe group. Include a full CV with names and contact details of two referees, plus fellowship project ideas and suggestions for funding sources. Applicants should ideally have a passion for malaria research combined with drive, initiative, independence, brains, “green-fingers” in the lab, the ability to write coherently and proven ability to finish-up and publish previous projects! Does that sound like you? Please apply!

Occasionally, 2 year inter-disciplinary postdoctoral fellowships may be available via the Centre for Immunity Infection and Evolution (CIIE).  These will be advertised on the CIIE website when available. These fellowships require a candidate to develop a project idea between two groups within CIIE covering different disciplines (infection biology, immunology, evolutionary biology).

PhD students

The Institute of Immunology and Infection Research has a small number of PhD studentships available every year (see http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/biology/immunology-infection/research-opportunities). They are awarded in January/February every year after a competitive interview process. All supervisors in the Institute put forward prospective candidates, and after short-listing and interview, the studentships are awarded to the 2-3 top-ranked candidates (not to individual supervisors or particular projects).

Anyone interested in applying for a PhD position should email me (Alex.Rowe@ed.ac.uk) in October/November of the academic year before the one in which they hope to start with:

  • a full CV including names and contact details for 2 academic referees
  • a transcript of degree marks
  • a statement of research interests (one side of A4 explaining why you want to do a PhD and why you want to work on malaria)

Projects will be in the general area of malaria host-parasite interactions outlined on the research pages, with a specific project being developed with the candidate before interview.

Prior experience shows that successful candidates have substantial prior research experience (summer holiday research attachments and honours projects), often in combination with a first class degree or an MSc with Distinction in a relevant subject.

For further information on PhD application procedures in Edinburgh see:

and for information on fees and funding see:

Prospective students who are high fliers and have the initiative and drive to apply for their own funding are particularly encouraged to apply (examples of funding schemes include http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Funding/Biomedical-science/Funding-schemes/PhD-funding-and-undergraduate-opportunities/wtd027399.htm or http://www.rsescotlandfoundation.org.uk/CRF/activities/postgrad/).

Clinical fellows

Any clinicians who are interested in a lab-based PhD in malaria research should look at possible funding sources (eg The Wellcome Trust-funded Edinburgh Clinical Academic Training Scheme or the MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship) and email me (Alex.Rowe@ed.ac.uk) with a CV, indication of research interests and motivation, and ideas about funding sources.