Work experience, student placements, PhD opportunities and current vacancies


Work experience placements

We invite students for unpaid work experience placements from 3 - 12 months, offered on various projects.

Work experience will normally involve some or all of the following techniques: DNA extraction, estimation of DNA quality and concentration, PCR, use of an ABI 3730 DNA Analyzer for microsatellite genotyping, sequencing and genetic bird sex-typing.

Many of the projects are pilot studies for validating markers to use in conservation projects or involve investigations of population structure or parentage studies. For examples of the types of projects involved please see our Projects webpage.

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr Deborah Dawson ( Please provide a CV and state your specific interests.

SURE student work experience placements

The lab has a small number of placements available for work experience via the Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Scheme.

Applicants should be undergraduate or MSc students in their penultimate year and registered at the University of Sheffield.


For more info contact Dr Deborah Dawson (

PhD studentships

The department has numerous research council-funded studentships available each year and sometimes other University-funded places.

If you would be interested in completing a PhD project within one of the areas that you have read about on our Projects page, or perhaps on a related topic that you would like to suggest yourself, then please send a preliminary enquiry to Professor Terry Burke stating your interest together with a CV.

PhD studentships available this year:

Current PhD Studentships

Other Sheffield studentships involving collaboration with our group:

Several other studentships offered by the Evolution, Behaviour and Genomics Research Group will involve work in the Molecular Ecology Laboratory.

Several PhD studentships at other institutes are associated with our group.

Current vacancies

Please contact Professor Terry Burke ( stating your interest and providing a CV or see our Projects pages for more details. There may occasionally also be short-term paid work placements.

Available posts are advertised on website -