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The use of analytical chemistry to probe the molecular mechanism of probiotic action.

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, April 25, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Six new fully funded PhD research studentships are offered in the School of Applied Sciences for a 23 September 2019 start. The School is made up of the Departments of Biological and Geographical Sciences, Chemical Sciences and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

There is competition funding for 6 of the 12 research projects advertised. Usually the projects which receive the best applicants are funded.

Successful applicants will receive a fully funded PhD opportunity for an analytical chemist to work on a project which will be focused on the isolation, purification and characterisation of carbohydrate based macromolecules that are secreted by probiotic bacteria. Recently, our research group has shown that polysaccharides that are produced by bacteria, and which are present at or close to the cell surface, play a part in the mechanisms by which probiotics provide health benefits. This project will use a range of analytical techniques to isolate, purify and then characterise these molecules. The techniques employed by our group include preparative size-exclusion chromatography, HPLC, GC-MS and NMR.
The work is being undertaken as a collaborative project and you will work as a part of a team including experts in microbiology, analytical chemistry and cell biological techniques.
The studentships are open to citizens of the UK or EU only, and cover the full cost of tuition fees and an annual tax-free bursary of £15,009 for three years (RCUK rates). Successful applicants will have a very good first or upper second degree or Masters degree in a relevant subject. The course will begin in September 2019.
To apply, please send your CV and a personal statement to . Please indicate that you wish to apply for the project above and highlight Professor Andy Laws, as the supervisor. Please note that the deadline for applications is 25 April 2019.

Please contact Professor Andy Laws (), for enquiries on the project.

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