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Next-Generation Nucleic Acid Technologies

   Department of Chemistry

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  Dr Michael Booth  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

UCL Chemistry Department is offering a fully-funded studentship to a highly motivated candidate to start in September 2022. The student will carry out his/her doctoral research at UCL.

DNA and RNA are central to life and form the basis for many therapeutic and experimental technologies. This project will involve the development of novel nucleic acid technologies for a variety of applications in biology and medicine. A major focus will be the development of temperature-sensitive nucleic acids, for instance by conjugating nucleic acids with thermoresponsive polymers, which will be the basis of future targeted therapeutics. The student will gain expertise in a vast array of techniques across chemistry and biology, including synthetic, nucleic acid and analytical chemistry and cell, cell-free and molecular biology. This project will also involve collaborations with scientists in biomedical disciplines.

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The applicants should have, or be expecting to achieve, a first or upper second class Honours degree or equivalent in Chemistry, Chemical Biology, or a related discipline. The successful applicant will demonstrate strong interest and self-motivation in the subject and the ability to think analytically and creatively. An enquiring and rigorous approach to research as well as good team-working, observational and communication skills (both presentation and writing skills in English) are also essential. Previous research experience in contributing to a collaborative interdisciplinary research environment is highly desirable but not essential, as training will be provided. UCL offers a world leading scientific environment in the heart of London.

Interested candidates should initially contact the supervisor, Dr Booth ([Email Address Removed]) with a degree transcript, a motivation letter expressing interest in this project and a CV. Informal inquiries are encouraged. Please note that a suitable applicant will be required to complete MS Form entitled Application for Research: degree Chemistry programme. In addition, it is essential that suitable applicants complete an electronic application form at (please select Research degree: Chemistry programme) prior to the application deadline and advise their referees to submit their references as soon as they possibly can. All shortlisted applicants will be invited for the interview no more than 4 weeks after the application deadline. The interview process will include a short data analysis project and the preparation of a small report to summarise its results. Any admissions queries should be directed to Dr Jadranka Butorac and Holly Ambrose-Wilson at [Email Address Removed].

Funding Notes

Applications are welcome from UK nationals, EU students with settled/pre-settled status and students with indefinite leave to remain or enter. Please note that the studentship only covers home fees. The updated rules for eligibility for home fees for next year are available at
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