Masters by Research: Hygiena International Ltd

Lancaster University

Comparison of rapid and current industry standard methods for the measurement of microbial contamination in a range of environmental water samples: Are rapid microbiological methods applicable for the control of disease outbreaks?

1 Year Enterprise-led Funded Masters by Research

An estimated 844 million people worldwide do not have access to clean water and it is estimated that this, combined with poor sanitation, results in the death of over 500,000 children under 5 each year, with the problem particularly difficult in Sub-Saharan Africa. One key problem is the difficulty in testing water for microbial contamination; conventional testing takes 5 days plus the time taken to transport samples to a central lab and the time from sampling to result may be up to 6 days. By that time, a disease outbreak is difficult to contain.

This Masters by Research project aims to demonstrate a rapid testing system developed by Hygiena International Ltd, which will make a significant time difference in microbiological contamination testing for a range of environmental water samples.

Applicants should have a Microbiology (or related subject) degree with 2:1 or better. Previous experience of standard methods for bacterial enumeration and basic microbiology techniques (media prep, gram stain, aseptic technique, dilutions, cultures, etc.) is important. Experience with rapid microbiological methods is not essential, but beneficial.

Enterprise and collaborative partners

This Masters by Research is a collaborative research project between Lancaster University with supervision by Professor John Quinton, Professor Roger Pickup and Mat Smith of Hygiena International Ltd. Hygiena provide the food, clinical and other manufacturing industries with rapid, accurate, dependable and affordable test platforms that address their diverse and expanding microbiology and food safety requirements.

Why apply?

By joining the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation you will:

  • Receive £15,000 tax free per year
  • Receive a contribution of £2,000 towards your tuition fees from your business partner. Tuition fees for 2017-2018 are set as £4,195 for UK/EU applicants and £17,510 for international applicants. Tuition fees for 2018-19 are yet to be set (see university website for published rates by year of entry). Candidates are required to pay the remaining fees up front at the beginning of the project.
  • Become part of a cohort of graduates working with an award-winning team on business-led R&D
  • Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.

This project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is subject to confirmation of funding. For further information about the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation please see our website.

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The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

This doctoral research project is one of a cohort of industry-led funded research projects from the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, an international alliance supporting university-business collaboration. The Centre delivers high quality, business-led research to create eco-innovative technologies, products and services.

At the heart of the Centre are people who are researching, developing and innovating to address global challenges, including energy, water, natural capital, resource efficiency, food, and waste, to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits. Launched in 2012 the Centre and has won two national awards for its groundbreaking approach to sustainable R&D and knowledge exchange.

Application deadline: Midnight Sunday 18th March 2018

Start date: May 2018

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