PhD Studentship

University of Liverpool - Department of Health Services Research

Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

School of Dentistry

Closing Date: 09.00 hrs 25 September 2017

Interview Date: 29 September 2017

Stipend: The studentship is available for eligible UK/EU candidates and includes fees at the EU/home rate and an annual tax-free stipend of £17,553 and additional funding for training courses and conference travel

A four-year BBSRC case Ph.D. studentship in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline is available in the Oral Health Research Group led by Prof Susan Higham in the Department of Health Services Research and School of Dentistry, University of Liverpool to commence in October 2017. The successful PhD student will study the homoeostasis of dental hard tissues. Dental erosion is the irreversible loss of the tooth structure due to chemical dissolution by acids not of bacterial origin and is an increasingly relevant clinical problem. The aim of the project will be to develop a greater understanding of the effects of the physicochemical interactions at the tooth-saliva interface and the subsequent effects on the susceptibility of teeth to erosion. Initially the project will be conducted using novel in vitro models with well-defined conditions. It is anticipated that significant findings will be translated into intraoral studies with a view to develop strategies to provide protection against erosion and maintain the homoeostasis of teeth.

Applicants should have a dental degree or at least a 2:1 Honours degree in chemistry, biochemistry or related biological science. Experience of laboratory work and computer literacy is desirable. All necessary training for the analytical techniques will be provided. For further details please contact Professor. Higham ( or Prof. Lynch (

The deadline for applications is Monday 25th September at 09:00am and the interviews will be held Friday 29th September 2017. Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, details of two academic referees and a covering letter to Professor Higham by email stating the title of the project they are applying for (Homeostasis of dental hard tissues).

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