Start date and duration October 2020 for 3.5 years
Overview 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.
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 (https://bit.ly/2IF9bmb).
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.