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Chemical Sensors for Analytes of Biological Importance


   Department of Chemistry

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About the Project

The University of Bath is inviting applications for the following funded PhD position commencing in October 2022 (or as soon possible thereafter) under the supervision of Prof Tony James in the Department of Chemistry.

The project requires a motivated student interested in being involved in developing chemical sensors for a wide range of analytes for use in medical and veterinary environments, as well as for lifestyle driven point-of-care measurements in collaboration with Lifecare in Bergen, Norway (subject to contract). Together with Lifecare, at the University of Bath we are working to develop sensors that will be used to monitor, control and help treat diseases including diabetes. For this project, we are looking for a candidate with good synthetic skills who is interested in using those skills to develop practically useful sensor devices.

In detail, the project will require the preparation of receptors (synthetic chemistry), their evaluation (analytical chemistry) and the construction of sensor devices (engineering). The approach taken will be modular in nature and require functionalisation of chemical sensors using “clickable” units. The initial aim is to prepare a suite of different sensors that will be evaluated using the patented Lifecare Sencell osmotic-pressure-based technology. The goal of this project and PhD is to help develop a PoC device suitable for the easy and rapid diagnosis/monitoring of diabetes (and other diseases) which will significantly enhance the quality of life for millions of people.

The project aligns with the University of Bath's primary institutional research theme in Health & Wellbeing as the project will result in sensors for the detection of analytes of biological and clinical significance.

Candidate Requirements:

Applicants should hold, or expect to receive, a First Class or good Upper Second Class Honours degree (or the equivalent). A master’s level qualification would also be advantageous.

Non-UK applicants must meet our English language entry requirement.

Enquiries and Applications:

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Prof Tony James on email address [Email Address Removed].

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Chemistry.

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found on our website.

Note: Applications may close earlier than the advertised deadline if a suitable candidate is found; therefore, we recommend that you discuss your interest with Prof Tony James prior to applying and then submit your formal application as early as possible.

Funding Eligibility:

To be eligible for funding, you must qualify as a Home student. The eligibility criteria for Home fee status are detailed and too complex to be summarised here in full; however, as a general guide, the following applicants will normally qualify subject to meeting residency requirements: UK and Irish nationals (living in the UK or EEA/Switzerland), those with Indefinite Leave to Remain and EU nationals with pre-settled or settled status in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Additional information may be found on our fee status guidance webpage, on the GOV.UK website and on the UKCISA website.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:

We value a diverse research environment and aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated and respected. We welcome and encourage applications from under-represented groups.

If you have circumstances that you feel we should be aware of that have affected your educational attainment, then please feel free to tell us about it in your application form. The best way to do this is a short paragraph at the end of your personal statement.


Funding Notes

The studentship available for this PhD position will cover Home tuition fees and will provide a stipend (£16,062 per annum, 2022/23 rate) as well as a budget for research/training expenses. The studentship will be tenable for 3.5 years. Eligibility criteria apply – see Funding Eligibility section above.

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