BBSRC MRes/PhD Studentship Hormonal and epigenetic consequences of early-life adversity in the European starling

Reference Code: IN055

Closing Date: 1st March 2013

Name of the supervisor(s)
Professor M Bateson, Institute of Neuroscience (IoN)
Professor C Relton, Institute of Genetic Medicine (IGM)
Professor D Nettle, Institute of Neuroscience (IoN)


Duration of the award
4 years (MRes Medical and Molecular Biosciences followed by a three-year PhD)

Project description
This interdisciplinary project will examine the impact of early-life adversity on DNA methylation and hormonal function in European starlings. It forms part of a larger project on the consequences of early-life adversity for development and adult behaviour. The hormonal component will be carried out in collaboration with Dr Karen Spencer of the University of St. Andrews. The project will involve a mixture of laboratory work and experience working with the birds in the field at our colonies in Northumberland.

Value of the Award and Eligibility
Depending on how you meet the BBSRC’s eligibility criteria, you may be entitled to a full or a partial award. A full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend of £13,590 (2012/13). A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

Person Specification
Candidates should have an excellent degree (at least a 2:1) in a suitable area of the life sciences, and have an interest in development or epigenetics.

How to Apply
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application form inserting the reference number IN055 and selecting ‘Master of Research/Doctor of Philosophy (Medical Sciences) – Neuroscience’ as the programme of study. Only mandatory fields need to be completed (no personal statement required) and a covering letter, CV and (if English is not your first language) a copy of your English language qualifications must be attached. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote the reference number IN055 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project.

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You should also send your covering letter and CV to Suzi Englebright, Postgraduate Secretary, Institute of Neuroscience, Henry Wellcome Building, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4HH, or by email to

Further Information
For further details, please contact:
Professor Daniel Nettle
Telephone: 0191 222 8993

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