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Industrially supported PhD studentship: deciphering the indoor air microbiomes

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  • Full or part time
    Dr H Mkrtchyan
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited for a fully-funded Industrial PhD research studentship to undertake research in the area of air pollution/microbiomes/antibiotic resistance and metagenomics in the School of Health, Sport and Bioscience, University of East London. The successful PhD candidate will collaborate and work with the Safe Air Quality Ltd and the Core Research Laboratories, Natural History Museum.
Air pollution has become a major global threat estimated to cause 4.6 million deaths annually. Another global threat is the rise of antibiotic resistance (AMR). Capturing the complexities of the microbiome has been challenging in part due to technological limitations, but recent developments now make it possible to profile the microbiome far more thoroughly. Newer sequence-based approaches (metagenomics) can capture both the taxonomic composition of the microbiome and resolve specific genomic features which characterise a microbe, such as antibiotic resistance features, as well as other virulence factors.
Taking advantage of these newer methodologies the PhD student will survey the indoor air to capture the taxonomic composition of the air microbiome and in parallel provide answers to what are the antimicrobial reservoirs in the air microbiome?
This industrial PhD studentship is an opportunity for a PhD candidate to work in collaboration with an internationally recognised interdisciplinary teams at UEL, SAQ Ltd and Natural History Museum to become an expert in state of the art air quality, antibiotic resistance molecular biology/metagenomics/bioinformatics techniques.


Candidates should have a first or upper second-class honours science degree and a relevant MSc or MRes in Microbial Genomics or Bioinformatics. Experience in working with microbiology and molecular biology techniques is desirable.
Applicants must also have excellent communication skills and a very high level of written and spoken English. Where English is not the applicant’s first language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

How to apply

Eligible applicants should apply online via the following link:
When completing your online application please state the project title and reference code in your personal statement.
Applications will only be accepted via the online application form.

Informal enquiries about the studentship should be addressed to the Director of Studies stated above.
The closing date for completed applications is 19th August 2019.
Interviews will be held w/c 2nd September 2019.
Start date will be September 2019.

Funding Notes

Full tuition fees, a tax-free stipend of up to £16,700 per annum and core research
costs for three years.
The position is open to UK/EU applicants.

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