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Novel methods of Biofilm prevention and removal Project ID SAS0044

Project Description

Microbial biofilms cause significant issues in a variety of commercial, medical and environmental scenarios. For example, biofilms can be found in industry processing environments leading to spoilage and contamination of industrial products and biofilms forming in and on medical devices can result in human disease. This project will examine novel methods to prevent or remove biofilms from surfaces and will use a variety of traditional and molecular approaches to study biofilm formation and the mixed communities that form.

Academic qualifications
A first degree (at least a 2.1) ideally in microbiology, biological science, biomedical science or another relevant discipline, with a good fundamental knowledge of microbes.

English language requirement
IELTS score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s policy are available online.

Essential attributes:
• Experience of fundamental laboratory skills
• Competent in aseptic technique
• Knowledge of microbiology
• Good written and oral communication skills
• Strong motivation, with evidence of independent research skills relevant to the project
• Good time management

Desirable attributes:
Molecular Biology skills


- A completed application form
- CV
- 2 academic references, using the Postgraduate Educational Reference Form (Found on the application process page)
- A personal research statement (This should include (a) a brief description of your relevant experience and skills, (b) an indication of what you would uniquely bring to the project and (c) a statement of how this project fits with your future direction. If you are not responding to an advertised project, then your personal research statement will need to include an outline of the project you are proposing)
- Evidence of proficiency in English (if appropriate)

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded studentship therefore you will have to provide funds to cover both your University fees and living expenses


1) Hall CW, Mah TF. Molecular mechanisms of biofilm-based antibiotic resistance and tolerance in pathogenic bacteria. FEMS Microbiol Rev. 2017 May 1;41(3):276-301. doi: 10.1093/femsre/fux010.

2) Martínez-Suárez JV, Ortiz S, López-Alonso V. Potential Impact of the Resistance to Quaternary Ammonium Disinfectants on the Persistence of Listeria monocytogenes in Food Processing Environments. Front Microbiol. 2016 May 2;7:638. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00638

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