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Intelligent biomaterials for the development of high-performance label free biosensors and medical devices

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

New biomaterials are needed to enhance the performance of biosensors and medical devices. A postgraduate research opportunity to carry out cutting edge research to develop novel nanostructured biomaterial with intelligent properties such as self-maintenance, self-repair, self-replication, self-diagnosis, recognition, learning, adaptivity, information storage, signaling, and evolution etc for biomedical devices.

This is a three-year exciting project aims to discover, design new nanostructured intelligent biomaterials and optimise them for next generation label free biochips and biomedical devices at UCL Institute for Materials Discovery.

The PhD project will focus on two key areas: (i) the design and development of intelligent nanostructured biomaterials; and (ii) thin film fabrication and characterisation of these biomaterials. There is also opportunity to participate in biomedical device fabrication and application evaluation with end users and clinicians.

This postgraduate research opportunity for a successful candidate with a minimum of an upper second-class BSc or BEng degree in Materials Science, Biochemical Engineering Biomedical Sciences, Bionanotechnology and/or a broad range of relevant backgrounds with a keen interest in new materials development, biomaterials and device fabrication technology are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will ideally also possess, or be about to be awarded a Master’s level degree. The project also requires highly practical candidate with keen interest in designing and upgrading a purpose-built thin film deposition equipment and device fabrication.
The successful candidate will conduct research in the state-of-the-art new Materials Discovery laboratory ( with a well funded consumables budget. This highly interdisciplinary research will involve many national and international academic and industrial collaborations.

The position will be available until a suitable candidate is found.

For informal enquiries about the position, please contact Prof. Kwang-Leong Choy

Applications would need to include a full CV and covering letter/email providing information on why you would be suitable for this opportunity and funding. Applications to be sent directly to Professor Kwang-Leong Choy,

Funding Notes

The studentship would cover tuition fees and annual stipend of at least the Research Council minimum (currently £16,500) for eligible UK and EU applicants. Other EU nationals may be eligible for a fees-only award. International students may also be accepted on a self-funding basis.

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