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Chemical Probes for Diagnostic and Treatment of Pathogens

Project Description

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) have sponsored an Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC) for the development of “Point-of-care image guided photonic therapy of bacterial and fungal infections.”

This IRC brings together a set of internationally-recognized researchers from the University of Edinburgh, University of Liverpool, University of Dundee, Aravind Eye Care System and Aurolabs (India), GlobalSurg (Africa) and University Medical Centre of Groningen, who have world-class track records from clinical care, sensing and imaging. The project aims to deliver a safe, affordable and scalable technology to tackle Antibiotic Resistance, one of the biggest challenge facing modern healthcare.

Are you passionate about making molecules that can have an impact in the real world? As part of the University of Edinburgh’s commitment to this project we are looking to recruit a high-calibre postgraduate student to join this multidisciplinary team delivering major benefits for patient care in rural settings. In particular we are seeking chemistry students to develop novel molecules that can bind specifically to microbes for subsequent activation with low energy light to augment microbial killing. That would allow diagnostic imaging followed by light-driven treatment. An interest in optical imaging, photodynamic therapy, and materials chemistry would be an advantage and experience in multidisciplinary research would also be beneficial. The students will be supervised by Prof. Mark Bradley and Dr Alicia Megia Fernandez.

To apply please submit a cover letter stating clearly why you are interested in applying for the studentships, a full up-to-date C.V. (including vacation address) and names and addresses of two academic referees to the email or postal address given below by 24th May 2019.

The School of Chemistry holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. The University is a member of the Race Equality Charter and is a Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment. See our University Initiatives website for further information. University Initiatives website:

For applications and further details, please contact:
Dr. Alicia Megia-Fernandez
Bradley Research Group
University of Edinburgh
School of Chemistry,
David Brewster Road
Edinburgh, EH9 3FJ

Funding Notes

The studentship is fully funded for 48 months and covers tuition fees and an annual stipend (starting at £15,009 per annum) for a candidate satisfying EPSRC criteria: View Website

How good is research at University of Edinburgh in Chemistry?
(joint submission with University of St Andrews)

FTE Category A staff submitted: 43.30

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