Applicants are invited to apply for a fully funded PhD programme to carry out a feasibility study to identify novel ways of producing recombinant keratin proteins and to produce sustainable textile fibers. The project will be conducted across the School of Design and the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and will use molecular techniques for designing, cloning and producing a range of keratin proteins.
Production of these recombinant proteins will be followed by biophysical analysis to determine size, purity and characteristics using state-of-the-art techniques such as cryo-EM and NMR, as well as fibre formation and characterisations. This project will provide proof-of-principle for future production routes for generating sustainable textile fibres.
The successful applicant will join the Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour (LITAC), a collaborative international research Institute that applies academic expertise, working together with external partners, both industrial from across the world, to address global challenges and sustainable development in textile and colour industries. We are focused on the development of innovative science and technology, materials, methods and processes. Technology-driven sustainable development is a major part of our work, hosted by the School of Design at the University of Leeds.
Applicants must have a strong chemistry background, with a good understanding of molecular biology, biophysical techniques (e.g. NMR) or textile technology desirable. Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in textile chemistry, polymer chemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology, biochemistry and textile technology or another appropriate undergraduate or Masters discipline.
The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component.