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  Fully-funded PhD positions in several natural sciences & engineering disciplines

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Join an internationally renowned scientific community with the Hector FellowPhD program. PhD students benefit not only from the experience of the program, but also from the network of Hector Fellows.
  Unravelling the mysteries of retinoid signalling
  Dr E Pohl, Prof J Endicott
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Retinoids, such as all-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA), are a class of endogenous molecules derived from Vitamin A. These compounds control a wide range of cellular processes in chordates, including differentiation, proliferation and apoptosis, by binding one or more of related transcriptional receptors in the cell nucleus.
  Doctor of Engineering (EngD): Answering Questions about Medical Images (Canon Medical Research Europe, Ltd)
  Research Group: CDT in Applied Photonics
  Prof D Reid, Dr F Deligianni, Dr J Dalton
Application Deadline: 28 February 2020

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Visual Question Answering (VQA) [1] is the task of answering free-text questions about the content of images. For example, given an image of a room - ‘What colour is the chair standing in the corner?’ - answering this question requires joint understanding of vision, language, spatial reasoning, and common sense.
  The nanoscale organisation of immune cell surfaces in health and disease
  Prof D Davis
Applications accepted all year round

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Super-resolution microscopes, celebrated in the 2014 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, are one of the tools that allow us to study immune cells in unprecedented detail.
  SOLAR-protect: preventing human skin aging with tomato extracts (GAVRILOVICU20CASE)
  Dr J Gavrilovic, Dr F MacMillan
Application Deadline: 23 March 2020

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Maintaining healthy skin as we age is vital to prevent a number of skin conditions and diseases, including cancer.
  Synthetic Virology: Development of gene delivery vectors/synthetic vaccines
  Research Group: Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology
  Prof P G Stockley
Applications accepted all year round

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There is worldwide interest in exploiting our modern understanding of genomics to target gene expression therapeutically via a variety of mechanisms, such as transgene insertion and CRISPR-Cas gene editing.
  Neuronal Dynamics from a complex network perspective
  Prof A Politi, Dr E Ullner
Applications accepted all year round

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The human brain is possibly the most intriguing complex system we know. The combination of experimental work and theoretical approaches has gained many insides in the last century but we are still far away from a real understanding.
  PhD Studentship in Biomechanics and energetics of foraging in leaf-cutter ants.
  Dr D Labonte
Application Deadline: 1 March 2020

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The Evolutionary Biomechanics Laboratory invites applications for a research studentship in the field of insect biomechanics/physiology, leading to the award of a PhD degree.
  Cell-permeable cyclic peptide library generation for target-based screening
  Prof A Kawamura, Prof M Waring, Dr SL Cobb
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Peptides hold enormous promise as chemical tools for selective intervention in biology. They can target chemical space distinct from that of small molecules and their chemical diversity provides high specificity and affinity or target binding.
  Design and synthesis of DNA encoded libraries of unnatural peptides to discover specific chemical probes
  Prof M Waring, Prof A Kawamura, Prof M Noble, Dr SL Cobb
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Peptides of allow the rapid identification of protein ligands from huge libraries of genetically encoded peptides, including cyclic peptides.
  Molecular cancer therapeutics activated by radioisotope-generated Cerenkov radiation
  Dr J Knight, Dr R Pal, Dr K Rankin
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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The beta-particles emitted by certain medical radioisotopes can travel faster than light through the human body. When this happens, a photonic boom - comparable to a sonic boom – releases energy in the form of Cerenkov radiation which has a characteristic blue glow.
  Developing New Tools for the Chemical Diversification of Peptide Scaffolds
  Dr SL Cobb, Prof A Kawamura, Prof M Waring
Application Deadline: 6 March 2020

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Peptides are useful leads for the development of new drugs against a wide range of diseases. They occupy the chemical space between small molecules and antibodies and as such they can reach or selectively inhibit drug targets that these other molecules cannot.
  The contradictory functions of carotenoid-based light-harvesters: Understanding energy harvesting and dissipation in the Fucoxanthin-Chlorophyll Protein (FCP)
  Dr C Duffy
Applications accepted all year round

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The School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary is one of the UK’s elite research centres, according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  A step change in the modelling of enzymatic catalysis
  Prof P Popelier, Dr L Johannissen
Applications accepted all year round

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A deep understanding of enzymatic processes requires an atomic-level description, which is often beyond experimental techniques but achievable through synergy with computational chemistry.
  Establishing NMR chemical shifts as reliable reporters of atomic charge distributions in enzymes
  Prof J Waltho, Prof P Popelier
Applications accepted all year round

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Enzymes are not only central to life but also to the growing need to harness elements of the natural world to the benefit of mankind.
  Deciphering the neural code of the hippocampus
  Dr M Montemurro, Dr J Gigg
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. The brain processes and stores information about our lives and the world that surrounds us. At the neural scale, information is encoded through the precise timing of activity across populations of neurons.
  Understanding and minimizing radiation damage in breast tissues
  Dr M Sherratt, Miss C Kirwan, Prof S Cartmell
Applications accepted all year round

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Human beings are subjected to many forms of radiation both natural (principally ultraviolet radiation [UVR]) and artificial (diagnostic and therapeutic X-rays).
  Live cell imaging under extreme conditions
  Dr B Baum
Applications accepted all year round

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Complex eukaryotic cells first appeared on earth over a billion years ago. It is now thought that they arose as the result of the establishment of a symbiotic partnership between an archaeal host cell and a bacterium, which went on to become the mitochondrion.
  Investigating the role of DNA structures genetic diseases such as cancer and diabetes (WALLERZU20SF)
  Dr Z Waller, Dr C Morris
Application Deadline: 31 May 2020

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It is often assumed that DNA exists only as the iconic Watson-Crick double helix but it can actually adopt many different types of structure depending on the sequence and environmental conditions.
  PhD in Chemistry - Meta-Smart: Merging de novo designed biomolecules with plasmonic metamaterials for new technologies
  Prof M Kadodwala
Application Deadline: 1 April 2020

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We live in a world in which individuals have unprecedented access to data on their environment, health and wellbeing. This ranges from information provided by fitness bands, to the energy smart meters that are found in every home.
  PhD in Chemistry - Single-molecule detection of fluorescent biomolecular building blocks using multiphoton excitation
  Dr S Magennis
Application Deadline: 1 May 2020

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Fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging are powerful techniques for studying the structure, dynamics and interactions of biomolecules, and when performed at the single-molecule level, they can provide unique information.
  The suspension, and sedimentation, of variable buoyancy microplastic particles
  Dr R Dorrell
Application Deadline: 20 March 2020

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Microplastics particles, ranging from micron to millimetre in size, pose a significant risk to natural ecosystems and habitats. However, despite the potential ecological impacts from microplastics pollution, the ability to accurately predict microplastic transport by environmental flows (e.g.
  Mathematical Virology: A New Mathematical Approach to Viral Evolution Grounded in Experiment
  Research Group: Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology
  Prof P G Stockley
Applications accepted all year round

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Mathematical modelling of natural phenomena has the potential to be predictive but requires direct verification by experiment. Such models can then be very powerful indicators of our understanding and they permit in silico simulations of situations that are difficult to test experimentally.
  Investigating the molecular mechanisms and consequences of ANP aggregation for cardiovascular disease; a computational and experimental approach
  Dr J Madine, Dr D J Rigden, Dr M Winn
Applications accepted all year round

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Atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) is a cardiovascular hormone synthesised and secreted by myocytes in the atrial wall where it regulates atrial blood volume and vasodilation.
  Chemical and Biological Recycling of Plastics - Fully funded 48-months PhD studentships

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Lack of sustainable plastic waste management strategies has led to the global plastic crisis being one of the major environmental and public health challenges of our time.
  Nanoplasmonic measurements on biological molecules
  Prof GJ Leggett
Applications accepted all year round

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Recently we have developed fast, inexpensive, simple routes to nanostructured proteins1 and metals, including macroscopically extended, nanostructured arrays of gold nanoparticles.
  Toward Artificial Photosynthesis: understanding how porphyrin’s structure and environment influence the early electronic and nuclear dynamics
  Dr A Chauvet
Applications accepted all year round

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The Sun represents an unlimited source of energy that can be harvested and ultimately converted to electricity. Solar energy is therefore the solution to not only depart from fossil fuels, but also to respond to the ever-increasing energy needs of our society.
  Boundary Effects in Active Matter Systems
  Dr F Ginelli
Applications accepted all year round

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he study of collective properties of active matter is a fast-emerging interdisciplinary research field.
  How to make molecular machines: modelling ribosome biogenesis
  Prof C Romano, Prof I Stansfield
Applications accepted all year round

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Ribosomes are arguably the most important biological molecular machines. Cells can be seen as factories of proteins, with ribosomes being the machines producing them.
  Modelling the deformation of cells
  Dr F Perez-Reche
Applications accepted all year round

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Cells are the elementary building blocks of living organisms. The correct functioning of living organisms is therefore conditioned to the ability of living cells to withstand forces and deformations and to promptly adapt to their mechanical environment.
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