About the Project
Building on novel protein scaffolds that we have recently developed, and which can be functionalised to bind small molecules, you will design and produce engineered self-assembling protein ‘microreactors’ that bind SCFAs and partition them from complex / “dirty” liquid mixtures. Strategies for secretion of proteins from recombinantly engineered bacteria will also be explored. The designed systems will be tested in buffer solutions and models of wastewater from AD.
You will join an interdisciplinary supervisory team within a vibrant research environment comprising expertise in industrial biotechnology, anaerobic digestion and protein engineering, and spend significant time working across these disciplines. You will develop key skills in protein design and engineering and apply them to a real-life problem in industrial biotechnology.
The White Rose DTP in Mechanistic Biology 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.
Tax-free annual UKRI stipend (£15,285 for 2020/21)
UK tuition fees (£4,473 for 2021/22)
Research support and training charges (RSTC)
We aim to support the most outstanding applicants from outside the UK and are able to offer a limited number of bursaries that will enable full studentships to be awarded to international applicants. These full studentships will only be awarded to exceptional quality candidates, due to the competitive nature of this scheme.
START DATE: 1st October 2021
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