Trinity College Dublin Collaborative PhD Programme

GSK Immunology Network (IN) and Trinity College Dublin have joined forces to deliver a novel academic-based PhD Training Programme located at GSK Medicines Research Centre in Stevenage.

In 2015, GSK R&D launched the Immunology Network - a unique approach that brings together cutting-edge immunology expertise, technology and experience from academia and GSK.  The goal of the Immunology Network is to drive major breakthroughs in immunology, share knowledge, spark new ideas, inspire new science and foster strong and enduring collaborations - ultimately helping to shape the future of medical immunology research. 

Leading immunologists from academia: Prof. Luke O’Neill FRS, Prof. Clare Bryant, Prof. Timothy Radstake, Prof. Kathy Triantafilou, Dr. Seth Masters and Dr. Florent Ginhoux work at GSK Stevenage andpursue their own immunology research while physically located in GSK laboratories, working alongside GSK scientists and utilising GSK technology in a framework known as the ‘Immunology Catalyst’.

The Immunology Catalyst is now expanding to include a PhD Training Programme to train and develop the next generation of immunologists.  PhD students will be able to connect with some of the best minds in immunology and undertake an academic-based PhD working on frontier areas of basic immunology research in an industry setting with world-class research facilities. 

For the duration of their 4 year PhD, students will be co-supervised by an academic and an industrial GSK supervisor - both expert immunologists in their field at the forefront of immunological research.   Students will benefit from being associated with an outstanding University and be able to leverage the tools and technologies of industry while receiving excellent scientific and developmental training.   This provides a unique opportunity to gain experience in drug discovery and a strong start to a scientific career. 

PhD students will be registered at Trinity and carry out their scientific research in GSK labs and spend up to ten percent of their time at the University for coursework.  Trinity has an excellent reputation for immunology and the Programme Sponsor and Trinity advisor for each PhD project is Prof. Luke O’Neill FRS.  To join the PhD Programme, students require an excellent MSc or BSc degree, together with excellent theoretical, practical and communication skills and a motivation to do research in immunology.  The first two PhD students will be joining in Q4 2017 and will work on collaborative projects aligned within the Refractory Respiratory Inflammation (RRI) and Cytokines, Chemokines and Complement (C3) Discovery Performance Units (DPUs).

Immunology Network PhD Programme – framework

How to apply

Applications for this programme are currently closed. Please keep an eye on this page for further details.