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The impact of anthropogenic factors on the emergence of antimicrobial resistance in complex microbial communities in the environment (PHDHLS2021001)


Health & Life Sciences

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Prof F Henriquez , Prof A Hursthouse , Dr S Kelly No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

UWS are offering a fully-funded PhD studentship in order to complement research which engages with the Indian pharmaceutical industry to examine antimicrobial resistance within a complex interplay of environmental geochemical and microbiological processes. A key aim of the study is to examine the impact of anthropogenic waste on complex microbial communities and the influence of environmental conditions on the emergence of antimicrobial resistance in the environment and its mitigation.

The studentship will be part of a interdisciplinary, cross-School collaboration, supported by a group of researchers and PG students, led by Professors Henriquez (Principal Investigator) (Division of Biological Sciences and Health), Hursthouse (Co-investigator) (Division of Physical Sciences) & Connolly (Co-Investigator) (Division of Social Sciences). The candidate will be working in collaboration with experts in geochemistry, engineering, public health, environmental policy, ‘One Health’, and risk governance.

Applicants should be willing to engage with knowledge exchange activity and to travel as appropriate (with adjusted working practices in place subject to the COVID-19 situation).

The successful candidate will have obtained a First Class or Upper Second Class honours degree or Masters in a relevant biological and/or environmental discipline. Applicants demonstrating excellent laboratory skills, and experience with microbiology techniques and the capability to consider environmental chemistry context of this research are particularly welcomed.

Applicants are asked to provide a CV and an outline proposal. The proposal should, in no more than 1,000 words, suggest research questions and potential methodological approaches to address the general description of the aims above.

Closing date for applications: 7th September 2020.
Interviews: 21st September 2020.

For further information or for an informal discussion please contact Professor Fiona Henriquez at [Email Address Removed] to arrange an appointment for a telephone conversation.

Applications can only be accepted through the UWS online system (https://www.uws.ac.uk/study/research-degrees/admissions-application/)

Funding Notes

The studentship offers an annual stipend of £15,285 per annum for three years plus payment of tuition fees.


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