Our lab is based at the University of Exeter (Cornwall campus, Penryn) in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Current Opportunities

Currently looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work on the mechanisms underlying differences in susceptibility across species of Drosophila – specifically antiviral RNAi – in collaboration with Ronald Van Rij and Darren Obbard. Experience with molecular techniques for studying RNAi required (e.g.). Interested people should contact me directly.

PhD studentship working on evolution of host range/host shifts/host adaptation in Staphylococcus-bacteriophage system with Ben Longdon and Angus Buckling – application link  and full project details. Interested people should contact me directly for an informal chat. Application deadline 3/12/18.

PhD and Post-Doc Opportunities

If you’re interested in working in the lab as a postdoc or associated research fellow, please get in touch, I’m very happy to discuss ideas and support applications.  There are various funding schemes available, information about some of these and support from the centre is available here but don’t hesitate to ask about potential options.

If you’re looking for a PhD, then send an email with your CV and a one-side covering letter that explains your background and interests in science (1/3), your previous research experience (1/3) and an outline of the work you would like to undertake, tying this in to the work we already do (1/3). Deadlines for applications are generally in the Autumn to start the following September. New lab means lots of attention and shiny new science toys.

Undergraduate student summer projects

If you would like to do a summer project in the lab, ideally please get in touch before the 1st of March. Summer studentships can be funded by applying for a stipend (e.g. from the Genetics Society or Wellcome Trust).

Life in the lab

If you would like to come and work in the lab you should be excited, passionate and enthusiastic about doing good science, and want to work in a friendly and sociable group. Being keen to work hard is essential, but so is knowing when to take time off to get some perspective! Liking good music, good food, vast quantities of tea, being outdoors and going to the beach is beneficial but not essential!

Biosciences at Exeter is an excellent research environment, and includes a range of researchers working on various aspects of evolution and ecology, including a large number of groups working on host-parasite interactions.