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We are seeking well-motivated PhD students and postdocs. If you are interested, please contact Hiro with your CV. The overview of our research and our recent publications are available from this web site. The projects will be tailor-made to suit your interest and strengths, and decided through discussion with Hiro. Competitive PhD studentships are available for British, EU and non-EU students. The deadline for the PhD application is usually in November for the start of the next autumn.

The Ohkura lab is a medium-sized laboratory well supported by The Wellcome Trust and other funding bodies, and has an outstanding track record of conducting original research at the highest standard. The recent review of the lab support by The Wellcome Trust has produced a successful outcome. These are some comments from the funding committee and anonymous reviewers.

"Outstanding publication record with clear international standing; the PI is a world leader in the area of oocyte meiotic cell division"

"has made landmark contributions"

"uncovered and defined novel concepts that define new perspectives"

"occupy a unique position throughout mitotic and meiotic spindle research"

"has been a pioneer in the study of acentrosomal spindle assembly..."

"is a highly respected ... is renowned for careful, focused work that reveals novel, unanticipated biology"

"reputation is outstanding"

"is known internationally as a leader in his field"

"has consistently published excellent, ground-breaking papers"

"has a long and impressive track record"

"his presentations to be unique, engaging, and incisive"

"each of these papers has addressed fundamentally new concepts, rather than incremental advances along a predictable path"

The Ohkura lab is located in Edinburgh, a historic city which offers excellent academic traditions, architectural beauty, and a lively, fun environment. Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland with a population of around 500,000. It is one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan European cities with a large number of events taking place throughout the year. The most famous of these events are the August festivals including the Edinburgh International Festival, the Fringe Festival and the Military Tattoo. At the heart of Edinburgh there is a spectacular hill, Arthur Seat, which is surrounded by a myriad of traditional Victorian buildings. For those who enjoy spending their time outdoors, there are many appealing places around Edinburgh such as the Pentland Hills and the Scottish Highlands for hikers or the North Sea and numerous rivers and lochs for those who like water sports.

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