Funding: Funded PhD Project (UK and EU students only)

Project code: BIOL5190220

Department: Centre for Enzyme Innovation, School of Biological Sciences

Start dates: October 2020

Closing date: 7 February 2020

Applications are invited for a fully-funded four year PhD studentship to commence in October 2020.

The Project

The PhD will be based at the Centre for Enzyme Innovation (CEI), and will be supervised by Dr Michael Zahn, Prof John McGeehan and Dr Andy Pickford.

Established in 2019, the Centre for Enzyme Innovation (CEI) focuses on the discovery, engineering and deployment of new enzymes to accelerate advances in the circular economy — with a focus on degradation of synthetic polymers and plastics and reuse of their component monomers.

The studentship is available to UK and EU students only and covers tuition fees and an annual maintenance grant of £15,009 (UKRI 2019/20 rate) for three years. University funding will be made available to offer extensions into a 4th year where this will maximise scientific output and boost research careers.  Funds of £7,500 per annum are available to cover research expenses and support attendance at workshops and conferences.

The work will include:

  • Identification of novel enzymes from diverse microbial and fungal sources
  • Expression and purification of novel plastic degrading enzymes
  • Crystallisation and data collection at the Diamond Light Source
  • Biophysical characterisation of plastic degradation
  • Biochemical analysis of enzyme kinetics
  • Protein engineering to improve enzyme activity and thermostability for industrial applications
  • Presentation of  results at international conferences

Entry requirements

General admissions criteria

The project requires a candidate with a good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent) in Biochemistry or a related subject, and a desire to excel as a disciplined scientist within a cohesive research team.  Potential applicants with a Masters-level qualification, or equivalent experience in a relevant field, are strongly encouraged to apply.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Specific candidate requirements

We are looking for an outstanding motivated young research student with a strong background in biochemistry, structural biology and/or biophysics.

Find out more about the project, the Supervisors and how to apply

Funding Information

Funding applies to:

Funded PhD Project (UK and EU students only)

Application Deadline:

7 February 2020

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