Electrochemical biosensors for disease biomarker monitoring

   School of Chemistry

   Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

A PhD studentship is available in the group of Dr Lingcong Meng (School of Chemistry, The University of Edinburgh; [https://www.chem.ed.ac.uk/staff/academic-staff/dr-lingcong-meng]

The studentship is fully funded for 42 months by the University of Edinburgh and covers tuition fees and an annual stipend (starting at £18,622 per annum) for a candidate satisfying EPSRC residency criteria. https://www.ukri.org/councils/esrc/career-and-skills-development/funding-for-postgraduate-training/eligibility-for-studentship-funding/#contents-list . This project will start in September 2024.

Project Summary

Monitoring biomarker is becoming increasingly important in most areas of clinical practice and, whether to predict, diagnose, or monitor disease, biomarkers are useful in patient care. This project provides an exciting opportunity to design and develop an electrochemical biosensor for biomarker monitoring. This project will also develop an in-depth understanding of electrode/bio-molecular interaction at the nanoscale to ultimately design sensors with excellent sensitivity and selectivity, and develop protocols for personalised therapies.

This is an ideal project for someone who enjoys problem solving and interdisciplinary research. The successful student will receive training in analytical/biological sciences, sensor design and surface functionalisation, and nanoscale electrochemistry. This research project can be tailored to your research interests/background. Research areas will include electrode design and microfabrication, surface functionalisation, microfluidic device design, nanoscale electrochemical investigation of electrode/biomolecule interface and finite element modelling.

Applicants must have (or expect to obtain) at least the equivalent of a UK first or upper second-class degree in Chemistry, Biology or Biomedical Sciences. In the first instance, the initial application (including cover letter and CV) should be directed to Dr Lingcong Meng, School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh, David Brewster Road, Edinburgh EH9 3FJ, UK.

Email: The position will remain open until filled.


Before Submitting your cover letter and CV, please complete the online School of Chemistry Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Form 2024. The form will automatically generate a unique “Receipt Number” that you MUST include in your cover letter.

 Equality and Diversity

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: https://www.ed.ac.uk/equality-diversity/help-advice/family-friendly

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