PhD Studentship in Microfluidics: Marie Curie Network on Nucleic Acid Manipulation for Biological Intervention

University of Cambridge - Department of Biochemistry

EU Marie-Curie PhD Studentship

A graduate studentship leading to the award of a PhD is available from 1 January 2018 to work at Cambridge University in the Biochemistry Department (with Dr. F. Hollfelder - The studentship is part of the EU Marie-Curie network MMBio ( on Nucleic Acid Manipulation for Biological Intervention.

Past work in our group has focused on developing microfluidic droplets as  miniaturised picoliter reactors for high-throughput biology and chemistry. In this studentship droplet compartmentalisation will be applied to single cell studies, in which dynamic processes such as cell growth, differentiation and organioid formation will be visualised and quantified by optical methods and further characterised by transcriptomic analysis.

Candidates will be based in the Biochemistry Department of Cambridge University and will involve collaborations with groups in Cambridge (Stem Cell Institute, Sanger and Gurdon Institutes). Secondments in the labs of the academic and industrial network partners ( are also envisaged. All students take part in a network training programme that includes workshops, meetings and courses.

Applicants should have a first (or upper second) class degree in microengineering, applied physics, biotechnology, (bio)chemistry or a related, relevant subject. Specific skills in microfluidics, cell biology, applied optics, and familiarity with molecular and cell biology techniques are advantages and an interest in interdisciplinary collaboration is crucial.

The full stipend will be paid at rates of the EU Marie-Curie programme for the 3 year duration of the award. 

Applications should contain a description of your research interests (e.g. as part of the cover letter) and your detailed CV (with exam marks and all relevant practical experience). Please also include the names and email-addresses of at least two referees, who know you from your courses or laboratory research work. Send your application by email to (quoting reference PH13018).

Limit of tenure: Up to 36 months.

Please quote reference PH13018 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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