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Advanced Anti-biofilm Surface Coatings Probed by Spatially Resolved Imaging and Microbiology Techniques

  • Full or part time
    Prof R Raval
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

Project Description

This position will remain open until filled, so we recommend you apply as soon as possible.

A fully funded PhD studentship is available on high-resolution imaging and spectroscopic probing of microbial interactions at surfaces and interfaces. The project is a collaboration between the University of Liverpool and Unilever, a global company and a world leader in consumer products. The successful candidate will be based within the Surface Science Research Centre, Department of Chemistry at the University of Liverpool, within a dynamic, multidisciplinary research environment. The research project will use state-of-the-art characterisation tools of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Fluorescence confocal microscopy, and Raman Microscopy to probe the physical interactions between specifically designed antimicrobial surfaces and microbial species.
Candidates must have (or about to obtain) a good master degree or first degree in Chemistry, Biophysics, Materials Science or equivalent, with a strong interest on the physical characterisation of biological systems. Candidates must be curious, creative, highly motivated, independent and able to work as a member of a team. The PhD student will join a vibrant research community and will be given the opportunity to interact with complementary research groups and attend national and international conferences. The student will also have the opportunity to undertake short-term placements in Unilever’s R&D laboratories as part of the PhD program.

This PhD project is in collaboration with a global multinational company, and the PhD student will have the opportunity to undertake research placements in state-of-the-art industrial laboratories during the PhD project.

Candidates must have (or about to obtain) a good master degree or first degree in Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics or Bio-physics.
Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis until the suitable candidate is appointed; therefore, we encourage applications from qualified candidates as soon as possible.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Raval’s PA, Lesley-Anne Corbidge ()

Professor Raval’s PA, Lesley-Anne Corbidge (), sending a motivation letter, a CV, and the names and contact details of two references.

Funding Notes

The position is open to UK students only.

Non-EU nationals are not eligible for this position and applications from non-EU candidates will not be considered unless you have your own funding.Non-EU nationals are not eligible for this position and applications from non-EU candidates will not be considered unless you have your own funding.

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