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Electrochemical biosensor devices for medical diagnosis

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The Biosensor Research Laboratory ( conducts research in electronic biosensor devices: electrochemical impedance, biologically-sensitive field-effect transistors, (localized) surface plasmon resonance, quartz crystal microbalance, electronic addressing of microarrays, nanobiosensors, etc. Applications are mainly in the areas of medical diagnostics (of particular interest cancer, dementia and infectious diseases), water monitoring and drug discovery.

This project deals with the development of on-chip techniques such as impedance, field-effect transistors, amperometry and localised surface plasmon resonance for the parallel detection of biomarkers. The sensors are to be made sensitive and selective to work in complex media (e.g. blood serum or urine for medical applications; water and wastewater for environmental applications).

The research has a strong multidisciplinary nature. The student is expected to collaborate with project partners from the areas of chemistry, pharmacy, molecular biology and/or clinical and industrial partners.

Candidates are expected to have (or about to have) an undergraduate Master-level or MSc with a First Class or an internationally recognised equivalent. Any English language requirements must be met at the deadline for applications.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Pedro Estrela ()

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Electronic & Electrical Engineering. Please ensure that you state the full project title and lead supervisor name on the application form.

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found here:

Anticipated start date: 30 September 2019

Funding Notes

Funding will cover Home/EU tuition fees, a maintenance stipend (£14,777 pa (2018/19 rate)) and a training support fee of £1,000 per annum for 3.5 years.

How good is research at University of Bath in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 20.50

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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