Sheffield Institute for
Translational Neuroscience

PhD opportunities

We are offering an exciting PhD studentship with the EuroNeurotrophin training network for the discovery of small molecule neurotrophin mimetics as potential therapeutic agents for neurodegeneration and neuroinflammation. 

The successful candidate will be jointly supervised by Professor Pamela Shaw and Dr Laura Ferraiuolo and work on high throughput screening in ALS patient-derived in vitro models, taking forward hit compounds into in vivo models in our world class drug development laboratories. 

Please find the full details of the project and training network here. EuroNeurotrophin are the first large consortium to study small molecule neurotrophins in depth and offers a unique training package to build long term collaboration with key specialists in academia and the pharmaceutical industry across Europe. 

Interested candidates should in the first instance contact Prof Dame Pamela Shaw ( or Dr Laura Ferraiuolo ( for more details. The advert has a closing date of 24 August 2018.

Eligibility Criteria:

Please note that the H2020 mobility rule for this European Project states that the researcher must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment.

Nationality: Nationals from any country may apply.
Mobility rules: The researcher must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of his/her host institution for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, compulsory military service, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status are not taken into account.
Early Stage Researcher (ESR): Researchers who, at the time of the recruitment, have not yet been awarded a doctorate degree and are in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers, including the research training period that would entitle them to a doctorate.  Full-Time-Equivalent Research Experience is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate (even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged).
Non-research work after acquiring a master’s degree is not counted in the four years of the research career; certificates on the nature of tasks in non-research employment will be requested for shortlisted candidates.

  • The ESR positions are full-time with a 12 month duration renewable to 36 months.
  • A very attractive salary plus allowances package according to the allowance amounts defined in the rules for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (ITN) (
  • Network-wide training in advanced research skills and training in transferable and technical skills.
  • Local specialist training provided by the host institution.
  • Intersectoral and interdisciplinary secondments within the EuroNeurotrophin network.
  • International exposure through participation in project meetings and scientific conferences.

General evaluation criteria

  • Educational background relevant for the chosen position. A master’s degree is mandatory, or should be obtained prior to the date of appointment.
  • Previous research experience relevant to the chosen position.
  • Communication skills (to be evaluated in the interview).
  • Language skills (English compulsory).

Further PhD opportunities in the Department of Neuroscience can be found here.

The NIHR Sheffield Biomedical Research Centre offers PhD studentships in partnership with SITraN.  Available projects will be listed here.