Fully Funded PhD in protective effect of natural materials

Location: United Kingdom
Application Deadline: 30 April 2024
Published: 2 months ago

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Description

This 4-year BBSRC PhD studentship is a collaboration between University of Liverpool & Unilever R&D.

Oral diseases are among the most common noncommunicable diseases worldwide, affecting an estimated 3.5 billion people. There are major scientific challenges in understanding how protective technologies can be designed and fabricated so that oral biofilms can be controlled to prevent oral diseases.

This interdisciplinary project will investigate the protective effect of natural materials that have gained increasing interest, due to their abundant availability and environmentally friendly and biodegradable characteristics.

This project will aim to advance this technology by combining advanced imaging and spectroscopic techniques in both Physical Sciences and Life Sciences to understand the how modifications of dental surfaces can be created with precision control on model tooth surfaces and how bacteria and model oral biofilms interact and behave at these surfaces so that their efficacy and mode of action can be understood.

The PhD student will be based at the Department of Chemistry, University of Liverpool and will work within the Open Innovation Hub for Antimicrobial Surfaces and the Surface Science Research Centre.

The PhD combines interdisciplinary science and global innovation. Unilever is one of the biggest Beauty & Personal care companies in the world, with a broad and diverse portfolio of brands, e.g. Signal, Dove, Rexona, Vaseline, Lifebuoy, serving billions of consumers across the globe.

The Open Innovation Hub for Antimicrobial Surfaces at the University of Liverpool is at the forefront of translating scientific advances into innovation and is one of the four core partners of the £23M National Biofilm Innovation Centre (NBIC) (www.biofilms.ac.uk).

The student will enrol in NBIC’s Doctoral Training Centre which trains interdisciplinary PhD researchers at the Interface of Physical and Life Sciences to understand the behaviour of microbes at surfaces that are central to the global challenges of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), Health, Food Security, Clean Water and Energy.

Eligibility

Open to UK students only with the equivalent of at least a 2.1 Honours degree in Chemistry, Materials Science, Biophysics, Microbiology or Engineering. An interview will be undertaken with suitable candidates before an offer is made. Fees and a stipend for up to 4 years will be paid provided eligibility is met.

How to apply

Informal enquiries can be made to Lucy Jones (email: Lucy.Jones2@liverpool.ac.uk). You should submit an up to date CV and cover letter with names of at least 2 academic referees. Formal applications should be made to How to apply for a PhD – University of Liverpool quoting reference CCPR106.

Candidates will be evaluated as applications are received, and the position may be filled before the deadline if a suitable candidate is identified.

Availability

Open to UK applicants

Funding information

Funded studentship

This position is funded via a BBSRC Collaborative Training Partnership award and is open primarily to UK students (see note below for EU/International Students) with the equivalent of at least a 2.1 Honours degree in Biophysics, Chemistry, Biosciences, Materials Science or Engineering. An interview will be undertaken with suitable candidates before an offer is made. Fees and a stipend for 4 years will be paid provided eligibility is met.

BBSRC eligibility

Applications from candidates meeting the eligibility requirements of the BBSRC are welcome – please refer to the BBSRC website http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/.

This studentship is funded by the BBSRC Collaborative Training Partnership scheme and is offered for 4 years in total. It provides full tuition fees and a stipend of approx. £18,622 (this is the rate from 01/10/2023) full time tax free per year for living costs. The stipend costs quoted are for students starting from 1st October 2024 and will rise slightly each year with inflation.

The funding for this studentship also comes with a budget for research and training expenses of £1000 per year, and for those that are eligible, a disabled-students allowance to cover the costs of any additional support that is required.

Due to a change in UKRI policy, this studentship is now available for Home, EU or international students to apply. However, please be aware there is a limit on the number of EU/ international students we can appoint to these studentships per year.

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