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Engineering Enzymes for Animal Nutrition (HEMMINGSU19CASE2)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, April 23, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This is a collaborative programme of hypothesis-driven research between UK industry, AB Vista, and the UEA. The industrial partner is one of the largest suppliers of enzymes for animal feed applications, and this project will provide training in enzyme discovery and enzyme engineering that have direct relevant to industry needs.

We offer an exciting PhD research studentship in the groups of Drs Andrew Hemmings (School of Chemistry) and Charles Brearley (School of Biological Sciences). The successful candidate will play a central role in attempts to engineer the catalytic and physiochemical properties of a new class of phytases to enhance their catalytic flexibility, enhancing their contribution to animal nutrition. To achieve this they will receive training in modern methods of enzyme engineering, molecular and structural biology, analytical biochemistry, microbiology and computational modelling. The research will make extensive use of local facilities including the Centre for Structural
and Molecular Biochemistry (CMSB) and external facilities such as the synchrotron at the Diamond Light Source.

Suitably qualified individuals will have a strong interest in protein chemistry and/or bioanalytical science and will hold, or expect to hold, a first or good upper second class honours undergraduate degree (or equivalent) from any of a range of disciplines including, but not restricted to biochemistry, biological chemistry and biological sciences.

This Industrial CASE project has been shortlisted for funding by the Norwich Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (NRPDTP). Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed as part of the studentship competition on either the 15th, 16th or 17th May 2019.

The NRPDTP offers postgraduates the opportunity to undertake a 4 year research project whilst enhancing professional development and research skills through a comprehensive training programme. You will join a vibrant community of world-leading researchers. Students with, or expecting to attain, at least an upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, are invited to apply.

For further information and to apply, please visit our website: http://biodtp.norwichresearchpark.ac.uk/theprogramme/industrial-case

For more information on the supervisor for this project, please go here: https://people.uea.ac.uk/en/persons/a-hemmings
The type of programme: PhD
The start date of the project: 01/10/2019
Entry requirements: Same as SCI. UK 2:1 & Eng Lang (6.5 overall, 6 in each section)

Funding Notes

For funding eligibility guidance, please visit our website: View Website. Full Studentships cover a stipend of £16,009pa (UKRI rate: £15,009pa – 2019/0 & £1,000pa CASE stipend), research costs and tuition fees at UK/EU rate and are available to students who meet the UK residency requirements.

Students from EU countries who do not meet the UK residency requirements may be eligible for a fees-only award. Students in receipt of a fees-only award will be eligible for a maintenance stipend awarded by the NRPDTP Bioscience Doctoral Scholarships. To be eligible students must meet the EU residency requirements.

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