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PhD studentship: BBSRC iCASE Student in Respiratory Immunology

Clinical and Experimental Sciences

Location:  Southampton General Hospital
Closing Date:  Friday 12 July 2019
Reference:  1152719FC

Main Supervisor: Dr Karl Staples

Other members of the supervisory team: Dr C. Mirella Spalluto, Prof Tom Wilkinson

Duration of the award: 4 years, full time

Project description: 

We have the opportunity for a PhD student to join the Pulmonary Immunology Group under the supervision of Dr Karl Staples, 

Dr C. Mirella Spalluto and Prof Tom Wilkinson. This group has a long-standing interest in the immunology of the respiratory tract with a specific focus on the response of the human lung to bacterial and viral infections.

The aim of this BBSRC iCASE studentship is to gain a better understanding of lung mucosal immunity, to elucidate how systemic immunity could be predictive of lung immunity, and scrutinize the mucosal compartment for immune responses to bacterial infections.  As this is an iCASE award, in addition to work in Southampton, this research will be complemented by a period of research at the GlaxoSmithKline campus in Siena, Italy.

Please contact:  Dr Karl Staples (

Person Specification: See below.

The successful candidate is likely to have the following qualifications:

  • A 1st or 2:1 degree in a relevant discipline and/or second degree with a related Masters

Funding information:
Only UK/EU students are eligible to apply.  Subject to eligibility, the studentship will be paid in line with the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) recommended maintenance stipend plus UK fees.

Administrative contact and how to apply:

Please complete the University's online application form, which you can find at

You should enter Dr Karl Staples as your proposed supervisor. To support your application provide an academic CV (including contact details of two referees), official academic transcripts and a personal statement (outlining your suitability for the studentship, what you hope to achieve from the PhD and your research experience to date).

Informal enquiries relating to the project or candidate suitability should be directed to Dr Staples (

Closing date: Friday 12th July 2019

Interview date:  Week commencing 22nd July 2019

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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