RACE PhD Studentships

RACE PhD Studentships – applications invited

Applications are now invited for four-year full time PhD studentships within the Research into Inflammatory Arthritis Centre Versus Arthritis (RACE), to start in October 2020. 

RACE is a collaboration between the Universities of Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle and Oxford, with funding and support from Versus Arthritis.  The programme capitalises on the expertise of the contributing academic institutions, and offers an outstanding opportunity for students to undertake excellent project-based research training within excellent research environments.  Students will be encouraged to spend time in the laboratory of their second supervisor. 

Please find below a list of the available PhD projects. If you are interested in finding out more information or applying for these studentships, please contact the lead supervisor. 

Project title

Lead supervisor name

Lead supervisor email address

Lead university

Application deadline

Functional consequences of the capture of IgA immune complexes by FcRL4+ B-cells

Prof Dagmar Scheel Toellner



6 January 2020

A collaborative approach to understanding how intestinal inflammation contributes to systemic inflammation in seronegative arthritis

Prof Simon Milling



15 December 2019

Investigating epigenetic suppression of anti-inflammatory metabolic pathways in the rheumatoid myeloid compartment

Prof Carl Goodyear



15 December 2019

Bcl-3 as a mediator of immune dysregulation in CD4+ T-cells of early rheumatoid arthritis

Dr Arthur Pratt



11 December 2019

Biomaterial-based therapeutics for in vivo induction of tolerogenic dendritic cells

Dr Catharien Hilkens



11 December 2019

Using changes in the synovial microenvironment to define disease progression and treatment response in rheumatoid arthritis

Prof Kim Midwood



10 January 2020

Immuno-geography of synovial lining and macrophage function

Prof Irina Udalova



10 January 2020

Induction of T cell tolerance

Prof Michael Dustin



10 January 2020

Applicants will normally be expected to reside (or have residency) within the UK/EU. Applicants should have obtained, or expect to obtain a 2:1 or 1st Class Honours degree in a relevant subject.

Support includes an annual stipend at RCUK rates (Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle universities) and Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology rates (Oxford University) for four years, PhD registration fees at UK/EU student rate, research expenses and travel costs.