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Design of novel nanomaterials for cellular drug delivery and toxicity


Project Description

Nanoparticles are highly promising for use in biomedicine. Applications for nanoparticles include therapeutics due to their ability to act as carriers of chemical agents to different tissues. In addition, nanoparticles can have cytotoxic effects that can be harnessed in order to regulate the growth or death of specified target cells. This project will focus on the synthesis and characterisation of ligand-coated gold nanoparticles, and the mechanisms underlying their cellular uptake, transport and toxicity. Further project details can be found at http://www.open.ac.uk/science/life-health-chemical-sciences/phd-studentships-vacancies

Further information

This three-year research studentship is funded by the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at The Open University and provides a stipend of £14,777 per year. All academic fees (at UK/EU level) are covered. There will also be support for conference and workshop participation. The student would be required to live in the UK and within commuting distance of The Open University in Milton Keynes. Interested candidates will be expected to have a degree (classification 2:1, or higher) in natural sciences, chemistry, biological sciences, materials sciences, biochemistry or a relevant subject. The ideal candidate would have a good background in both chemistry and biology. Good numeracy, ICT, communication and organisation skills are highly desirable.
Informal enquiries relating to the project should be directed to Dr Eleanor Crabb ().

How to Apply

Please send an email with your CV, a completed application form and a personal statement (outlining your suitability for the studentship, what you hope to achieve from the PhD and your research experience to date) to

Closing date: 17:00 on 28 February 2019

Interview date: Interviews will be arranged promptly after the closing date and can be conducted via Skype if appropriate.

LHCS holds Athena Swan Bronze Status.

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

OU WEBSITE LINK http://www.open.ac.uk/about/employment/vacancies/full-time-phd-studentship-design-novel-nanomaterials-cellular-drug-delivery-and-toxicity

Funding Notes

This three-year research studentship is funded by the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at The Open University and provides a stipend of £14,777 per year. All academic fees (at UK/EU level) are covered. There will also be support for conference and workshop participation.

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