Studentships 2013

*New PhD opportunity*

The Natural History Museum is offering one joint PhD studentship with the University of Bristol, starting on 1 October 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified graduates (first degree result at least 2:1), and the studentship is only open to those who qualify for ‘Home’ tuition fees (generally UK/EU residence).

Deadline for applications: 5 September 2013. See below for details and application instructions.

Joint PhD studentship with the University of Bristol

Project title: Evolutionary patterns in deer on Mediterranean islands

Application deadline: 5 September 2013

The Natural History Museum, in collaboration with the University of Bristol, seeks applications for a fully-funded 3-year PhD studentship as part of a Leverhulme-funded grant.

The studentship will be based at the Museum under the supervision of Professor Adrian Lister. The student will be registered for the PhD degree at the University of Bristol under the supervision of Dr David Richards.

Essential requirements
  • First degree (at least 2.1 final result) in a relevant subject (preferably biological).
  • Demonstrated competence in statistics and the use of statistical software (including graphics).
  • Taken course(s) in evolutionary biology, including basic genetics.
  • Understanding of phylogenetic analysis.
  • Ability to work alone for prolonged periods, while also being able to contribute as part of a team.
  • Good observational skills and manual dexterity.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.

This studentship is available only to students who qualify for ‘Home’ tuition fees (generally UK/EU residence).

Desirable requirements
  • Masters degree (passed at a good level) in a relevant subject.
  • Experience (taught or preferably research) with modern and/or fossil mammalian dental and skeletal material.
  • Taken course(s) in developmental biology.
  • Experience of phylogenetic analysis.

Please send the following documents to Prof Adrian Lister ( by 5 September 2013

  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Covering letter outlining your interest in the PhD position, relevant skills training, experience and qualifications for the research, and a statement of how this PhD project fits your career development plans.
  • Transcripts of undergraduate and Master's degree results (or list course results to date if not yet complete).
  • Two academic references including (if applicable) Masters project supervisor.

Interview date: September 2013. Interview held at the Natural History Museum.
Studentship Start Date: 1 October 2013 or as soon as possible thereafter.


The studentship will cover University of Bristol UK/EU tuition fees (£3900/yr) plus a tax-free maintenance grant of £15,726 per year for three years.

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Contact Prof Adrian Lister


For general enquiries about PhD studentships please contact:

Dr Eileen Cox DSc
Head of Postgraduate Studies
Science Directorate department
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road


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