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PhD Studentship in Pharmacy and Engineering (PhD Studentship)

Reference Number: R2297
Closing Date: Closed for applications
Duration: 3 years
Funding Amount: UK/EU fees, plus Stipend
Level of Study: Postgraduate Research
Regions: EU (Non UK), UK
This funding opportunity is now closed for application

Project title: Disruption of bacterial spores using microwaves and nano-particles

An EPSRC supported studentship between the Schools of Pharmacy and Engineering will characterise the effect of microwaves on the structure and viability of bacterial spores. Understanding how microwaves disrupt spore structure is a key element of an on-going effort in the laboratory of Prof Baillie to develop a real time detector for pathogenic spores formers such as Bacillus anthracis and Clostridium difficile (1,2,3).

In addition to determining the effect of microwaves on spore structure the project will also investigate the mechanisms by which metal nano-particles enhance microwave mediate disruption. This project sits at the interface of biology and engineering and thus offers a unique opportunity to join a multidisciplinary research group.

Supervisors: Prof. Les Baillie

Start date: 1 October 2014

Number of Studentships: 1


This studentship is generously funded by the EPSRC and consists of full UK/EU tuition fees, as well as a Doctoral Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£13,863 p.a. for 2014/15, updated each year).

One studentship is available.


Residency: Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. To be eligible for the full award, EU Nationals must have been in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course for which they are seeking funding, including for the purposes of full-time education. EU Nationals who do not meet the above residency requirement are eligible for a fees only award, provided that they have been ordinarily resident in the EU for at least 3 years prior to the start of their proposed programme of study.

Academic criteria: The successful individual will have a either a first degree (upper second or above) or a Master's research degree in microbiology.

How to Apply

Consideration is automatic on applying for Doctor of Philosophy (Pharmacy) in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, with a start date of October via Cardiff University's Online Application Service.

In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select "I will be applying for a scholarship / grant" and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from the EPSRC.

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2014.

Cardiff University reserves the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Further Information

For further details on the project contact Wendy Davies by emailing or telephoning +44 (0)2920 876 419.

Further information about the School of Pharmacy can be found via their website.