I’m looking for motivated and enthusiastic students to join the Younger Lab!

Come do a PhD with me! Applications are now open for NERC GW4+ DTP studentships. See here for a description of my project on adaptation of penguins to local environments. In this PhD, you'll use genomic and functional genomic datasets for populations distributed across latitudinal gradients to investigate patterns of adaptation to divergent environments. You’ll gain skills in bioinformatics, gene network analyses, comparative transcriptomics, and genomics. If you have questions about the project, doing a PhD at the Milner Centre, or the studentship scheme, then please get in touch (


If you’re interested in working with me on diversification and adaptation of birds then please get in touch ( to discuss opportunities. My current study systems are Antarctic penguins and the endemic birds of Madagascar. I have data and research ideas that can be developed into interesting student or postdoc projects in these areas. Alternatively, I’m open to developing other projects if you have a favourite study system or research question that you’d like to pursue.

International Students

Many studentships in the UK are restricted to UK and EU applicants, but there are also options for scholarship funding for international students - see this link for a list of funding for international applicants. If you are from outside the EU and would like to do a PhD with me, please email me with your CV and research interests and we can discuss options for projects and funding.