Thank you for your interest in studying with us at The Franklin, applications for our PhD programme are currently closed. If you would like to contact us regarding PhDs funded through other means please e-mail training@rfi.ac.uk. Also, please subscribe to our mailing list to find out when applications open again and keep up to date with other Franklin news.

Our innovative PhD programme will recruit students to work on interdisciplinary projects with real world impact, with world-leading research supervisors, access to industrial collaborations and brand-new laboratory facilities.

Programme timeline

Students will be primarily based in our Franklin hub at Harwell for the duration of their PhD.

Foundation Year: Whilst initially registered with one of our partner universities, our students will be completing modules and a research project with our science theme leaders.

Years 1 – 3 PhD: Students will then select a project, transfer (if needed) to the relevant member university, where they will be registered, and have PhD project supervision consisting of a panel of Franklin researchers and collaborators from the partner university. The student will then graduate from this university.

Affiliations

Our collaborators will include our ten member universities:

Every successful applicant for the Franklin PhD programme will be registered as a PhD student at one of these universities – depending on their subject specialty/theme – and will graduate from the same university. However, we expect that students will spend the majority of their time working in our new central hub in Harwell Campus, to ensure they have access to the new lab tools which will be necessary for their research.

Our Member Institutions

Supervision

Successful applicants will have a team of supervisors throughout their PhD journey, as well as a Training Coordinator to support their wellbeing. Students will be supervised by a panel including senior Franklin researchers, and the corresponding partner university.

During the course of the first year, students will work with supervisors to select a project and collaborating universities – the selected project will be a match for the student’s interests and skills. All projects will be interdisciplinary projects working with and across Franklin technologies.

There are many potential supervisors available at the Franklin, some of which are pictured below. Supervisors for this cohort’s PhD projects are yet to be confirmed and other potential supervisors can be found on our people’s page.

Potential PhD supervisors

Professor Josephine Bunch

Science Co-Director Biological Mass Spectrometry

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Professor Josephine Bunch

Science Co-Director Biological Mass Spectrometry

Professor Josephine Bunch is Co-Director of the National Centre of Excellence in Mass Spectrometry Imaging (NiCE-MSI) at NPL and Chair of Biomolecular Mass Spectrometry at Imperial College London. Josephine is an NPL Fellow and leads research and metrology in MALDI […]

Professor Zoltan Takats

Science Co-Director Biological Mass Spectrometry

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Professor Zoltan Takats

Science Co-Director Biological Mass Spectrometry

Professor Takats has obtained his PhD from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary. He has worked as a post-doctoral research associate at Purdue University, Indiana, USA. After returning to Hungary, he served as Director of Cell Screen Research Centre and also […]

Dr Bela Paizs

Head of Molecular Structure Elucidation

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Dr Bela Paizs

Head of Molecular Structure Elucidation

Bela is the Head of Molecular Structure Elucidation in the Biological Mass Spectrometry theme. He studied chemistry and completed his PhD in quantum chemistry in Budapest, then moved to the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg where he was first […]

Professor Angus Kirkland

Science Director, Correlated Imaging

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Professor Angus Kirkland

Science Director, Correlated Imaging

Angus Kirkland completed his MA and PhD at the University of Cambridge using high resolution electron microscopy to study the structures of colloidal metals. Following a post-doctoral Fellowship Angus was elected to the Ramsay Memorial Trust Research Fellowship and subsequently […]

Dr Judy Kim

Deputy Theme Director, Correlated Imaging

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Dr Judy Kim

Deputy Theme Director, Correlated Imaging

Judy Kim is the Deputy Director of Correlative Imaging at the Rosalind Franklin Institute, Departmental Lecturer in the Department of Materials at the University of Oxford, and a Principal Staff Scientist at the electron Physical Sciences Imaging Centre of Diamond […]

Professor Ben Davis

Science Director, Next Generation Chemistry

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Professor Ben Davis

Science Director, Next Generation Chemistry

Ben Davis got his B.A. (1993) and D.Phil. (1996) from the University of Oxford. During this time he learnt the beauty of carbohydrate chemistry under the supervision of Professor George Fleet. He then spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow […]

Professor Shabaz Mohammed

Head of Mechanistic Proteomics

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Professor Shabaz Mohammed

Head of Mechanistic Proteomics

Shabaz Mohammed is the Head of Mechanistic Proteomics, and also teaches at the University of Oxford. Shabaz completed his Masters and PhD at the University of Manchester. He started working in protein chemistry and then eventually proteomics – first during […]

Professor James Naismith

Director

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Professor James Naismith

Director

Professor Naismith grew up in Hamilton, in the west of Scotland attending local state schools. He graduated from Edinburgh in 1989 with a BSc in Chemistry. As a Carnegie scholar, Professor Naismith obtained a PhD in Structural Biochemistry from Manchester […]

Professor Ray Owens

Head of Protein Production UK

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Professor Ray Owens

Head of Protein Production UK

Ray Owens obtained his PhD in biochemistry at the University of Cambridge, UK. After postdoctoral work in London and Oxford, he joined Celltech, the UK’s first biotechnology company and became head of new target discovery. In 2002, Ray moved to […]

Dr Liang Wu

Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale fellow

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Dr Liang Wu

Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale fellow

Liang is a Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale fellow. He is establishing a lab to study the processes involved in formation of heparan sulfate, one of the essential polysaccharide (sugar) molecules produced by the body. He studied Medicinal Chemistry at […]

Dr Mark Basham

Science Director Artificial Intelligence

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Dr Mark Basham

Science Director Artificial Intelligence

Dr Mark Basham is Head of AI at the Rosalind Franklin Institute, and a Research Fellow at Diamond Light Source. Mark was awarded his Physics PhD in surface science simulation from the University of Reading, he then moved to data […]

Dr Maud Dumoux

Postdoctoral Scientist in Cryo-Electron Tomography

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Dr Maud Dumoux

Postdoctoral Scientist in Cryo-Electron Tomography

Maud has a PhD in immunology from Paris 7 Diderot. Prior to working at the Franklin, she worked at the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology and Diamond light source. She is interested in the development of imaging modalities and […]