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Environment and Human Health: Microbial Ecology and Evolution

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  Dr M Vos, Prof W Gaze  No more applications being accepted  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

The University of Exeter Medical School is seeking to attract self-funded PhD candidates of outstanding ability to join their exciting and rapidly expanding programme of internationally rated research.
There is a now a PhD opportunity in microbial ecology and evolution focusing on environment and human health research. The project will be developed in collaboration with the successful applicant.
The University of Exeter Medical School (UEMS) European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH) undertakes a wide range of research including projects investigating the impact of environmental pollution on human health. The group of Dr Michiel Vos studies the evolution of opportunistic pathogenic bacteria using evolution experiments and genomics. Specific areas of interest include recombination (‘bacterial sex’), coevolution with phages and antibiotic resistance, amongst other topics. Collaborations are in place with University of Exeter colleagues in Biosciences, Geography and the Royal Cornwall Hospital, as well as researchers in the rest of the UK and abroad.

The UEMS microbiology laboratory is based in the Environment and Sustainability Institute on Exeter’s Cornwall campus. This £30 million new building was opened in 2012 and offers state of the art facilities for molecular microbiology. Students will receive training in microbiology, molecular microbiology and depending on the PhD programme there are opportunities to collaborate with a wide range of environmental and clinical scientists.

Applicants should have either a first or upper-second class BSc (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. International applicants must have IELTS [International English Language Testing System] score of 7 and above (or equivalent).

Funding Notes

Please send CV, Covering letter (outlining your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to undertake the project) and copies of degree transcript (giving details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained. This should be an interim transcript if you are still studying) to UEMS Graduate Research:

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This is for self-funding students. In addition to the relevant tuition fee there will also be a project specific fee payable on an annual basis.
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