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Aerosol Dynamics on Inhalation at High Relative Humidity

Project Description

Applications are invited for a 4 year PhD studentship starting in Autumn 2020 as part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science:

Project description
Aerosols are used to deliver drugs to the lungs to treat asthma and systemic diseases using metered dose inhalers, dry powder inhalers and neubulisers. The microphysical processes that transform the aerosol, containing the drug formulation, on inhalation to the high humidity of the lungs (e.g. water condensation, dissolution) are poorly understood. In this project, you will study these processes using novel single aerosol particle techniques with the aim of improving drug formulation and, ultimately, clinical efficacy.

This studentship is sponsored in partnership with Chiesi

If you would like to learn more about this project please contact Prof Jonathan Reid via

About the Centre for Doctoral training in Aerosol Science
Aerosol science is crucial to disciplines as broad ranging as drug delivery to the lungs, transmission of disease, climate change, energy and combustion science, novel materials, and consumer and agricultural products.

An aerosol is any collection of particles dispersed in a gas. The CDT brings together a multi-disciplinary team of 80 post-graduate students and academics from 7 UK universities spanning the physical, environmental and health sciences, and engineering. Our aim is to tackle the global challenges in which aerosol science is key.

Further details are available from our website:

Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science
During your doctorate, you will learn to research in diverse multidisciplinary teams, gain an advanced understanding of the core physical science of aerosols, and collaborate with industrial and public sector partners, equipping you to undertake ground-breaking research in aerosol science.

During the first 7 months of your PhD, you will join the CDT cohort based at the University of Bristol. Core training in aerosol science, research methods, professionalism and translation will be delivered by Team Based Learning. You will then undertake a short research project at your home or partner institution before starting your PhD research. You will gain experience outside academia in a placement with an industrial/public sector partner in Year 2 or 3.

More Information and How to Apply
Candidates who aspire to work in a multidisciplinary field, and hold or will achieve a minimum of an upper second-class undergraduate degree in any of these areas are encouraged to apply: chemistry, physics, biological sciences, life and medical sciences, mathematics and computer science, chemical and mechanical engineering, pharmaceutical and environmental sciences.

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Application Deadline:
Apply by 3rd February 2020– applicants with a suitable academic background will be invited to attend a recruitment and assessment day in Bristol on February 10th. Applications after this date will be subject to remaining availability of studentships.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
We are committed to furthering issues of equality, diversity and inclusion and are keen to attract the most highly talented individuals from diverse backgrounds. The needs of individuals will be accommodated during the recruitment process and while studying with the CDT. Further information on our commitment to equality and diversity can be found on our website.

Funding Notes

The successful applicant will receive a studentship that covers tuition fees and stipend, paid at the standard UKRI rate.

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