EPSRC PhD Studentship in Mass Spectrometry: Development of liquid AP-MALDI mass spectrometry (MS) for microbial profiling and biotyping

University of Reading - Department of Chemistry / School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy

Project title: Development of liquid AP-MALDI mass spectrometry (MS) for microbial profiling and biotyping
Department/School:  Department of Chemistry / School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy

Supervisors:  Prof Rainer Cramer, Dr Kevin Lovelock, Dr Shabnam Iyer

Project Overview:  Preliminary data from an earlier EPSRC-funded grant (EP/L006227/1) indicates that liquid AP-MALDI MS in combination with ion mobility separation provides a highly sensitive platform for rapid assay analysis with the potential use for advanced microbial biotyping/characterisation.  Based on this data this PhD studentship project will explore the advantages of greater analytical speed, the elimination of biological matrix background, superior structural characterisation and simpler sample preparation that this new MS methodology can provide with respect to microbial biotyping in the health sciences.  The supervisory team includes academic and clinical experts in mass spectrometry, the chemistry of liquids and clinical microbiology.  This project is partly funded through an EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership grant.


  • Applicants should hold or expect to gain a minimum of a 2:1 Bachelor Degree or equivalent in the Physical or Life Sciences.
  • Due to restrictions on the funding this studentship is open to UK/EU students.

Funding Details:  

  • Starts September 2018
  • 3-year award
  • Tuition fees plus stipend

How to apply:

To apply for this studentship please submit an application for a PhD in Chemistry at http://www.reading.ac.uk/graduateschool/prospectivestudents/gs-how-to-apply.aspx

*Important notes*

  • 1) Please quote the reference ‘GS18-017’ in the ‘Scholarships applied for’ box which appears within the Funding Section of your on-line application.
  • 2) When you are prompted to upload a research proposal, please omit this step.

Application Deadline:  1st March 2018

Further Enquiries:  

Please note that, where a candidate is successful in being awarded funding, this will be confirmed via a formal studentship award letter; this will be provided separately from any Offer of Admission and will be subject to standard checks for eligibility and other criteria. 

For further details please contact Isaac Wilks (chem-pgadmin@reading.ac.uk).

For further project-specific details please contact Prof R. Cramer, Chemistry, University of Reading.

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