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PhD Studentship: Enzymatic synthesis of DNA brushes for sensing

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, May 01, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Number of awards

Start date and duration
October 2020 for 3.5 years

This project will explore the enzymatic synthesis of DNA brushes at various substrate surfaces with the aim of producing highly sensitive sensor arrays for the detection of sequences of DNA that contain a small number of base-mismatches. The key experimental work will develop DNA modified surfaces (glass, gold, optical fibres, nanoparticles) and give the candidate experience in DNA synthesis, surface chemistry, bio-imaging, genetics and nanomaterial characterisation. A good background in chemical synthetic procedures, data analysis and problem solving is required and applicants who have an interest and experience in DNA chemistry are especially encouraged.


Name of supervisor(s)
Dr Andrew Pike ( and Dr Eimer Tuite (

Eligibility Criteria
You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honour degree or equivalent in chemistry, material science, physics or a closely related subject.

This award is available to UK/EU candidates only. UKRI residency requirements apply.

How to apply
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system (

You will need to:

Insert the programme code 8100F in the programme of study section
Select ‘PhD Chemistry – Chemistry’ as the programme of study
Insert the studentship code NES029 in the studentship/partnership reference field
attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code NES029 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
Attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications
You should also send your covering letter and CV to Dr Andrew Pike.

For further information please contact Dr Andrew Pike ().

Funding Notes

100% of UKRI tuition fees and annual living allowance of £15,009

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