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    Our research cuts across the traditional disciplinary boundaries, and we therefore invite applications for research leading to the PhD degree from scientists and engineers in all appropriate subjects who have an interest in any of our research areas.

    The main application sectors addressed by our research are: energy conversion; environmental protection; transport; electronics/optoelectronics; and healthcare. Across all themes the research is carried out with strong support from and involvement of industrial organisations. This close collaboration with industry, alongside our first class facilities, ensures that the Department is at the forefront of Materials Science and Engineering research.

    Disease states, such as cancer, malaria, heart failure and tuberculosis, introduce
    biomolecular changes in signatures of proteins, enzymes or nucleic acid make-ups that
    represent targets for diagnostic tests, yet currently used tests suffer from inaccuracy,
    insensitivity, difficulties with implementation or high costs. Innovative nanomaterial-based
    assays represent cost-amenable approaches that could be used as technological platforms
    capable of ultransensitive detection of disease biomarkers giving easily interpretable outputs
    (e.g. colour changes), which would transform the field of biosensing.
    The aim of this project is to develop new nanomaterial-based arrays capable of detecting
    biomarkers for cancer and infectious diseases at ultralow concentrations.
    The Project:
    This project will focus on the development of new nanomaterial-based assays capable of
    detecting biomarkers specific to cancer and infectious diseases in serum. The nanomaterials
    will need to be designed and optimised according to the concentrations of relevant
    biomarkers and cost-amenability of the nanomaterial assay. The physical properties of the
    assay will need to be fully and completely characterised to understand the effects of
    agglomeration and influence of surrounding protein moieties. This project will culminate in
    preclinical tests using patient samples.

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    Applicants should have or expect to obtain a first class undergraduate degree (or equivalent)
    in a relevant discipline such as Bioengineering, Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry or
    Engineering. You will be a highly self motivated individual with demonstrable experience of
    experimental research.

    Applications are invited for a PhD studentship on the development of new biomaterials for
    biosensing, paying a non-taxable bursary of £15,590 per annum (current stipend) as well as
    will cover tuition fees at the home/EU rate. Funding is available only to applicants who have
    been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years prior to the start date.

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