PhD: Peptide Decorated Multinuclear Lanthanide Architectures for Dual Imaging and Delivery Applications

The University of Manchester - School of Chemistry


Principal Supervisor: Dr Imogen Riddell

Co supervisor: Dr Louise Natrajan

Anticipated start date for project: 17 September 2018

Closing date for applications: The application deadline for this studentship is 26 January 2018. However, please note the School reserves the right to review applications as they are submitted, to interview and appoint a candidate that meets the academic requirements prior to the closing date.                                                               

Summary of Project

Applications are invited for a fully-funded postgraduate studentship at the interfaces of chemistry, materials science and biochemistry. The position is available in the Riddell group from September 2018.

The successful candidate will form part of a recently established research group and receive full training in inorganic synthesis and a variety characterisation techniques that will enable them to design, synthesise and evaluate the outcome of lanthanide-based self-assembly reactions. Constructs demonstrating good stability in biological media will subsequently be functionalised and evaluated as luminescent probes, with specific applications foreseen in cell imaging.

The interdisciplinary nature of the project will require the successful candidate to use a wide variety of characterisation techniques including NMR spectroscopy (1D, 2D and multinuclear), mass spectrometry, HPLC analysis, gel electrophoresis, X-ray crystallography and fluorescence spectroscopy and microscopy, during the course of their research.


Applicants should have or expect a good II(i) honours degree (or an equivalent degree) in Chemistry and be interested in pursuing highly interdisciplinary research at the boundaries of inorganic chemistry, materials science and biochemistry. Potential applicants must have good laboratory skills, and experience working with biological reagents is advantageous. The successful candidate must also be highly motivated, capable of working independently and demonstrate good communication skills.


Funded by an EPSRC DTG and awarded by the School of Chemistry. The funding covers tuition fees and a stipend for 3.5 years (£14,553p.a. in 2017/18). Due to funding restrictions the studentship is open to UK and EU nationals only.

Contact for further Information

Potential applicants seeking more information are encouraged to contact Dr Riddell with any informal enquiries ( enclosing a detailed CV. Please note that to apply for this studentship you must submit a formal University online application form including a covering letter, formal written references, transcripts and degree certificate (if awarded).

How to Apply

Complete an online application form using the following web link

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