PhD Studentship: Real-Time Behavioural Dynamics in Microscopic Populations with Noisy Signalling

University of Warwick - School of Engineering

Application deadline: 30 April 2018 for guaranteed consideration; later applications will be considered if the position is not filled

Start date: 01 October 2018 (flexible)

Project start date: 01 October 2018

Duration: 3 years

The project:

Signals are regularly transmitted within and between individual cells and organisms. These signals undergo noisy propagation and reach receivers that have limited computational complexity. Nevertheless, they modulate complex behaviours such as antibiotic resistance, cancerous tumour growth, and cell differentiation.

The objective of this PhD project is to develop theoretical and simulation models to understand how noisy signalling controls the behaviour of microorganisms. A game theoretic framework will model the interactive decision making between individual microorganisms. Molecular communication engineering, which is an emerging field that applies communications engineering techniques to chemical signalling, will model the signal propagation and signal processing. By integrating these two fields, insight will be gained into the detection and treatment of cellular diseases. Results will be supported by experimental research collaborations.


Candidates must have a 1st or 2.1 honours degree (or international equivalent) in electrical engineering, applied mathematics, physical biology, physical chemistry, or a closely-related field. Interdisciplinary knowledge is preferred but not required.


The annual stipend will be £14,800 (tax free), for 3 years, with university fees paid at the UK/EU rate. The full scholarship is for UK/EU students only, overseas students will be considered but must meet the difference between Home/EU and Overseas fees.

How to Apply

Email a full CV, academic transcripts, and cover letter, explaining your interest in pursuing a PhD in this area to:

If you are successful at the interview you will be required to submit a formal application for study and fulfil the entry requirements set by the University of Warwick. As soon as you have a University ID number you will be invited to upload your degree certificate, transcripts, and a personal statement that explains your specific research interests and why you should be considered for this award. To make a formal application you must complete the online application form and quote scholarship AN. Details of how to make a formal application can be found here

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