Applications open – deadline 27th November 2023

Professor Lady Tricia Cohen was one of the two co-founding Principal Investigators (PIs) of the MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit (MRC-PPU) at the University of Dundee when it was set up in 1990. In those days, the Unit comprised only 15 scientific and support staff but has since grown to 14 PIs and over 200 scientific and support staff. Tricia joined the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Dundee in 1971, where she was the first woman to combine running a research team with bringing up a young family. Tricia became a pioneer in developing our understanding of protein phosphatases, the enzymes that remove phosphate from proteins, an area in which she had an international reputation. She died from lymphoma in 2020. To read more about Tricia’s life and career please click here and here.

We are seeking applications from bright and enthusiastic students with an outstanding academic record and passion for research for the 2nd Tricia Cohen Prize Studentship. The successful applicant will start in September 2024 and will work in one of the 8 laboratories chosen to host the studentship. To view the list of projects, click here

Applicants are invited to select up to three of the projects on offer, which are all focused on molecular and/or genetic aspects of cell regulation and human disease, the fields in which Tricia was most interested. The entire 4-year PhD studentship will be spent in the laboratory of choice.

To apply for the 2nd Tricia Cohen Prize Studentship, candidates are asked to submit a CV with the names and contact details of three referees, and a covering letter (maximum 2 pages) explaining why you have chosen to apply to these particular laboratories and projects being offered.  Please submit your documents as email attachments to . Following submission of your CV and covering letter, please complete this equality, diversity and inclusion questionnaire.  Application deadline 27th November 2023.  We aim to recruit inclusively and applications from all backgrounds and nationalities are welcomed.

Students will have access to all the world class research facilities of the MRC-PPU and Schools of Life Sciences and Medicine. The stipend is £20,000 per annum tax-free, fees are covered, as well as the cost of attending an international conference during the PhD. 

About Dundee.

The University of Dundee was ranked the top University in the UK for Life Sciences in both the 2014 and 2021 Research Assessment Exercies conducted by the UK Government. It is superbly equipped by the highest international standards. Dundee is located on the Estuary of the River Tay in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The rental prices of flats/apartments for students are among the lowest in the UK. There are direct trains from Dundee to London and other major cities in the UK and twice daily flights from Dundee Airport to London Heathrow. There are many Flights to Europe, North America and Asia from Edinburgh Airport one hour away by bus or car.