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Lipidomic and Antibiotic Resistance Characterisation of Activated Sludge Wastewater Reactors


   Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre

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  Dr Rachel Schwartz-Narbonne  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Microorganisms play a key role in degrading environmentally hazardous industrial and municipal wastewater, preventing damage to ecosystems. Escalating population growth and rigidified environmental regulations place increasing demands on the wastewater industry. This project focuses on characterising the system disturbances caused by foaming events in wastewater reactors, which decrease the efficiency of wastewater degradation. This information will allow plant operators to better understand the causes of foaming events, the associated risks, and to develop predictive tools. In addition to playing a role in initiation of foaming events, shifts in wastewater microbial community composition have also been linked to the selection and enrichment of antibiotic resistant bacterial populations, including many human pathogens. This doctoral program aims to characterise the emergence of antibiotic resistance in both in situ and replica in vitro wastewater systems in response to foaming, and to correlate these to lipidomic changes.

The successful applicant will gain a range of interdisciplinary skills, including state-of-the-art analytical techniques such as ultraperformance liquid chromatograph-high resolution mass spectrometry, target analysis and big data processing of lipidomic data, bioinformatics molecular microbiology and biofilm-modelling. 

Eligibility

Information on entry requirements can be found at GTA Program Page

Candidates should have an undergraduate degree (first or upper second class) or equivalent qualification in a relevant area, such as Chemistry/Microbiology. A Masters qualification in a relevant area would be desirable. Experience in analytical chemistry is desirable.

How to apply

We strongly recommend you contact the lead academic, Dr Rachel Schwartz-Narbonne ([Email Address Removed]) to discuss your application.

Please visit our GTA program page for more information on the Graduate teaching assistant program and how to apply.

Start date for studentship: February 2022

Interviews are scheduled for: November 2021

For information on how to apply please visit GTA program page

Your application should be emailed to [Email Address Removed] by the closing date of 31st October.

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