At NIBSC we develop standards and reference materials, test medicinal products and carry out scientific research; activities that are essential for making sure the biological medicines patients receive are safe and effective.

As a centre of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency we play a leading role in protecting and improving public health and supporting innovation through scientific research and development.

Our collaborative, 
multi-institutional 3-year PhD studentships offer an opportunity to develop knowledge and expertise in biological medicines and gain valuable experience working in different research environments. 

Applications for the 2019 programmes are now open.
Find out more on the available studentships below:

Studies on targeting VEGF-induced changes in the function and metabolism of intraocular cells to gain insights into the molecular mechanisms of resistance to antiangiogenic therapy for eye neovascular diseases.
Application deadline: 11 February 2019

SCI05W  - What are the implications of genetic variation for the control of Japanese encephalitis virus?
Application deadline: 5pm, 4 March 2019

SCI065 - Can microbiome therapy (FMT) be used to treat Primary Bile Acid Malabsorption (BAM)?
Application deadline: 5pm, 15 March 2019

Further studentships will be advertised shortly.

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Working at NIBSC

Our scientists work at the interface of industry, academia and medicines regulation, collaborating with manufacturers, regulators and control laboratories and researchers worldwide to support the use and development of biological medicines. Because of their specialist expertise, NIBSC scientists are often required to respond rapidly to public health emergencies, such as pandemic influenza, or safety issues associated with use of biologics. 

We also help to develop national and international policies related to the use of biological medicines, sharing our knowledge and expert advice with key committees and policy making bodies.  

To allow us to protect and improve public health we receive some core funding from the UK Department of Health, and also supply reference materials and undertake control testing. Our scientific research is supported by external research grant funding secured from a range of international as well as national grant awarding bodies.