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PhD on Innovative Biomaterials for Therapeutics and Diagnostics


   Department of Materials

   Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Prof Molly Stevens FRS FREng is looking for talented students with backgrounds in chemistry, engineering, cell biology, physics, materials science or medicine to join her highly-stimulating, multidisciplinary research lab at the Departments of Materials and Bioengineering at Imperial College London. The Stevens Group (www.stevensgroup.org) uses innovative bioengineering approaches to pursue the vision of solving key problems in regenerative medicine, biosensing and therapeutics. Their biomaterial innovations are also applied to soft robotics, and the interface between living and non-living matter, and are underpinned by collaborations with molecular dynamics experts and data scientists in the digital health field.

PhD projects will involve cross-disciplinary training and collaborations with a broad network of experts, and will be tailored to the student research interests within the group’s 4 thematic key areas:

  • Advanced Diagnostics & Personalised Medicine
  • Engineering & Exploring the Bio-Material Interface
  • Bioelectronics & Regenerative Engineering
  • Digital Medicine & Big Data

The Stevens Group offers challenging and exciting cutting-edge research projects embedded in a supportive framework that stimulates growth and discovery. The lab is vibrant, energetic and welcoming, a place where everyone’s voice is heard. Highly motivated candidates from underrepresented backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicant Requirements

Applicants must hold, or expect to obtain, a Master's degree or a 4 year undergraduate degree at 2:1 level (or above) in a relevant subject. Candidates must fulfil Imperial College admissions criteria. Successful candidates are expected to be eligible to Home Student tuition fees. You are welcome to apply if you do not fall in this category, however you must cover the international fee difference and provide evidence of your ability to cover these costs at the application stage.

Due to de multidisciplinary nature of the project, no specific degree is required but applicants are expected to have a solid background in chemistry, engineering, cell biology, physics, materials science, medicine or other related field. Laboratory training and research experience on any of these areas is highly desirable. Students will receive training and tailored mentoring for Prof. Stevens and her talented team of postdoctoral researchers, and technical and professional staff. Students will develop independence and proactivity, but also foster critical thinking via scientific discussion, use of literature and experimental planning. They will also improve their science communication skills through presentations and data reporting, and participate in conferences and workshops to encourage collaboration, networking and peer validation.

How to Apply

To apply, please email us at with the following documents:

  •  Your CV
  • A personal statement of no more than 1,000 words explaining your motivation and research interests.

Selected candidates will be invited for interview. Please assume that your application has not been successful if you have not heard from us within 2 months of submitting the application.


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