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We are recruiting ten open-minded students from any scientific, mathematical, engineering or computing discipline to work on the development of instruments across our Themes.

The Rosalind Franklin Institute is a new physical sciences institute, funded by the UK government. We drive bold and innovative technology development through interdisciplinary collaborations across our scientific Themes. This includes building a unique multimodal imaging mass spectrometer and using electron microscopy to allow the imaging of biological molecules in motion.

We are recruiting ten open-minded students from any scientific, mathematical, engineering or computing discipline to work on the development of instruments across our Themes.

Our one-of-a-kind fully funded PhD programme will provide high-level interdisciplinary skills training, individual mentoring, access to industrial collaborations through a team of world-leading supervisors and new laboratory facilities.

Our Themes include:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Informatics
  • Biological Mass Spectrometry
  • Correlated Imaging
  • Next Generation Chemistry
  • Structural Biology

Franklin PhD students will have a wide-ranging choice of project, which will have real-world impact and collaborate with universities and partners across the UK. They will receive an enhanced annual £18,000 stipend and other benefits shown here.

How to apply

Please click here to apply for our 4-year programme (starting October 2022). We strongly recommend that you peruse our guidance available here for what to include in your personal statement to us.

We will recruiting throughout the year to fill our cohort. The next deadline for our review of applications will be midnight on Monday 3rd January 2022. We look forward to reading about your skills, experiences and motivation in wanting to study with us. Good luck!

International applicants

We welcome applications from international candidates, who bring unique perspectives and experiences to the Franklin. We can offer one international candidate a funded place on our Franklin PhD studentship. The successful international candidate will remain registered with University of Edinburgh for the four years, during which time Edinburgh will generously cover international tuition fees. This means that this recipient of the Edinburgh scholarship will not have to pay any fees and will also receive an £18,000 annual stipend funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please check our Frequently Asked Questions section here or contact us at training@rfi.ac.uk.

If you are curious about our new 4-year PhD programme, please register here to join our Zoom Q&A on Monday 6th December at 13:00. Ask your questions and meet some of our scientists to find out about life at the Franklin.

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