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  Self-funded project: New biological diagnostics for environmental contaminants

   Department of Biology

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  Prof J Moir, Dr S D Johnson  Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

Application accepted for either MSc by Research or PhD.

We are interested in using biological methods to detect both biological and chemical contamination in environmental samples. Project areas include detecting faecal microbial contamination in water, detecting pesticide residues from agriculture, and assessing the effect of microbial communities in soils on agricultural crop productivity. Through a combination of traditional culturing methods, genome sequencing, molecular biology and protein biochemistry we will characterise the biological routes for recognition and turnover of chemical contaminants, and the genetic hallmarks of biological contamination.

Projects in this area will give you an opportunity to learn a variety of laboratory and analytical microbiology techniques and develop solutions for important real world problems of global importance.

The Department of Biology at the University of York is committed to recruiting extraordinary future scientists regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation or career pathway to date. We understand that commitment and excellence can be shown in many ways and have built our recruitment process to reflect this. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, particularly those underrepresented in science, who have curiosity, creativity and a drive to learn new skills.

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Funding Notes

This is a self-funded PhD research project. Applicants need to have adequate funds to meet the costs of fees and living expenses for the duration of the PhD programme.


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Students with, or expecting to gain, at least an upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, are invited to apply. The interdisciplinary nature of this programme means that we welcome applications from students with backgrounds in any biological, chemical, and/or physical science, or students with mathematical backgrounds who are interested in using their skills in addressing biological questions.

START DATE: 1st October 2022

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