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Investigation of novel methods to study the survival of foot-and-mouth disease virus in aerosols


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About the Project

Applications are invited for a 4 year PhD studentship starting in Autumn 2023 as part of the EPSRC CDT in Aerosol Science


PhD Project Description  

Foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) is a globally important livestock pathogen endemic throughout much of Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Outbreaks of the disease are associated with severe economic consequences, both at local and national levels. Transmission of FMDV primarily occurs through direct contact between susceptible individuals, but indirect transmission through fomites and aerosols can facilitate longer distance spread of the disease that is difficult to predict and control, while playing a significant role in the epidemiology of the disease. Survival of FMDV in aerosols is dependent on environmental conditions such as relative humidity and temperature, although research in this area has been limited in recent years. To understand and mitigate the risk of long-distance aerosol transmission, it is necessary to determine the factors that will influence the survival of FMDV in aerosols. This project will aim to generate robust data in this area of research using contemporary FMDV strains and utilising new methods for capture and manipulation of aerosols.  

Professor Jonathan Reid would be pleased to discuss this research project further with interested candidates.

About the Centre for Doctoral training in Aerosol Science

Aerosol science is crucial to disciplines as broad ranging as transmission of disease, drug delivery to the lungs, climate change, energy and combustion science, novel materials, and consumer and agricultural products.

An aerosol is any collection of particles dispersed in a gas. The CDT brings together a multi-disciplinary team of 80 post-graduate students and academics from 7 UK universities spanning the physical, environmental and health sciences, and engineering. Our aim is to tackle the global challenges in which aerosol science is key.

Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science

During your doctorate, you will learn to research in diverse multidisciplinary teams, gain an advanced understanding of the core physical science of aerosols, and collaborate with industrial and public sector partners, equipping you to undertake ground-breaking research in aerosol science.

During the first 7 months of your PhD, you will join the CDT cohort based at the University of Bristol. Core training in aerosol science, research methods, professionalism and translation will be delivered by Team Based Learning. You will then undertake a short research project at your home or partner institution before starting your PhD research. You will gain experience outside academia in a placement with an industrial/public sector partner in Year 2 or 3.

More Information and How to Apply

Candidates who aspire to work in a multidisciplinary field, and hold or will achieve a minimum of an upper second-class undergraduate degree in any of these areas are encouraged to apply: chemistry, physics, biological sciences, life and medical sciences, mathematics and computer science, chemical and mechanical engineering, pharmaceutical and environmental sciences.

Visit our website:                                             Contact us:

https://www.aerosol-cdt.ac.uk/                    [Email Address Removed]

Application Deadline:

Shortlisting for interview will take place after the deadlines below. We encourage early application to ensure the greatest availability of studentships.

Shortlisting deadlines:

9am, Monday 12th December 2022

9am, Monday 9th January 2023

9am, Monday 30th January 2023

9am, Monday 20th February 2023

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to take part in the CDT Interview & recruitment process, where you will have the opportunity to meet with potential PhD supervisors and explore whether the CDT in Aerosol Science is a good fit for you.

Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to furthering issues of equality, diversity and inclusion and are keen to attract the most highly talented individuals from diverse backgrounds. The needs of individuals will be accommodated during the recruitment process and while studying with the CDT. Further information on our commitment to equality and diversity can be found on our website.

Funding Notes

This project is part of the EPSRC CDT in Aerosol Science. Successful candidates meeting the funding criteria will receive a studentship covering tuition fees, research and training support grant, plus a stipend to cover your living expenses while you train, paid at the standard UKRI rate.
This project is sponsored in partnership with the Pirbright Institute


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