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INEOS Oxbridge Doctoral Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance

INEOS Oxbridge Doctoral Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance

The INEOS Oxbridge Doctoral Initiative is a programme from the Ineos Oxford Institute for Antimicrobial Research (IOI), University of Oxford and University of Cambridge to train the next generation of outstanding scientific champions to tackle the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

This is our call to the brightest minds to join us in tackling the growing global threat of antimicrobial resistance using cutting-edge science and innovation. This presents you with an extraordinary opportunity to make an important scientific contribution while training with internationally leading scientists at Oxford and Cambridge. If this initiative excites you then we encourage you to apply – wherever you are!

About AMR

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – when microbes, such as bacteria and viruses, outwit our medicines and cause untreatable infections – is already a huge and growing health problem around the world. Recent data published in The Lancet suggests that there may have already been nearly 5 million global deaths related to drug resistant infections in 2019. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that by 2050, this figure will increase to 10 million, overtaking the number of cancer related deaths and making antimicrobial resistance one of the most pressing health problems faced by humanity today.

About the programme

The INEOS Oxbridge Doctoral Initiative on AMR integrates the expertise and capabilities of two Universities that are globally recognised for excellence in health science research. This is funded by the INEOS Oxford Institute, with studentships fully funded for 3.5 years (fixed term). There are 7x studentships available, to start in October 2023.

3 studentships will be awarded in Oxford (DPhil) and 4 will be awarded in Cambridge (PhD), but students will be encouraged to train in both Universities. This provides the chance to experience the best of both academic environments and their established networks.

The programme offers:

Immersion in both Universities

Although registered in either Oxford or Cambridge as their home base, all students will have ample opportunity to spend periods of time as a visitor in the second University, taking part in ongoing collaborations.

Collaboration

Each project is distinct and unique for that student, but there will be the opportunity to collaborate with other students and projects within the initiative, with the additional possibility of input from industry.

Funding

Our studentships are fully funded for three and a half years, through the generous support of the INEOS Oxford Institute. This funding covers UK/international University of Cambridge & Oxford fees in addition to living costs (stipend), which will be equivalent to the standard Wellcome stipend rate.

Future prospects

By the time you graduate, you will have acquired skills that are in high demand worldwide. This includes expertise in drug discovery, machine learning and analysis of big data. Such skills will support your future ambitions wherever these take you, including academia, pharma and private-sector companies.

Available projects


A total of seven projects are available in this round:

  • 2023 Project: Targeting Mycobacteria with both Diversity-Oriented Synthesis (DOS) and Structure-Based Approaches
    Registered in: University of Cambridge
    Primary supervisor: Professor David Spring (University of Cambridge) email: spring@ch.cam.ac.uk
    Collaborators: Professor Chris Schofield (University of Oxford), Professor Tim Walsh (University of Oxford), Professor Andres Floto (University of Cambridge)
  • 2023 Project: Understanding the economic factors in antibiotic prescribing for neonatal sepsis from LMICs
    Registered in: University of Oxford
    Primary supervisor: Professor Koen Pouwels (University of Oxford) email: koen.pouwels@ndph.ox.ac.uk
    Secondary supervisor: Professor Tim Walsh (University of Oxford)
  • 2023 Project: Microdroplet platform for screening antimicrobials.
    Registered in: University of Cambridge
    Primary supervisor: Professor Tuomas Knowles (University of Cambridge) email: tpjk2@cam.ac.uk
    Co-supervisor: Professor Andres Floto (University of Cambridge)
    Collaborators: Professor David Spring (University of Cambridge), Professor Chris Schofield (University of Oxford)
  • 2023 Project: Fragment-based antibiotic discovery for Mycobacterium tuberculosis pneumoniae using machine learning
    Registered in: University of Cambridge
    Primary supervisor: Professor Marko Hyvonen (University of Cambridge) email: mh256@cam.ac.uk
    Secondary Supervisor: Professor David Spring (University of Cambridge), Professor Chris Schofield (University of Oxford), Professor Andres Floto (University of Cambridge)

Application process


We are now accepting applications.
Application Deadline: 20 January 2023 at 11:59pm GMT.
Start Date: October 2023.

  • Applicants who have already applied for one of the Oxford Chemistry DPhil programmes, and who now wish to make an application to the INEOS Doctoral Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance, can email graduate.admissions@chem.ox.ac.uk to express their interest (quoting IOIOXCHEM).
  • Applicants who have already applied for one of the Oxford DPhil programmes, and who now wish to make an application to the INEOS Doctoral Initiative on Antimicrobial Resistance, can email the graduate admissions offices of the respective department to express their interest (quoting the reference number).
  • Candidates who wish to be considered for more than one of the Oxford INEOS projects, need to submit only one DPhil application for a programme of study linked to their first-choice project, and explain their interest in (an)other Oxford project(s) in their personal statement.

Additional information


Additional information about the different departments and courses can be found below:

University of Oxford:

University of Cambridge:

Contact information


If you have any questions about the application process, please contact:

Chemistry: graduate.admissions@chem.ox.ac.uk

Biology: graduate.admission@biology.ox.ac.uk

Population Health: graduate.admissions@ndph.ox.ac.uk

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