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Salmonella viruses as biocides in the food industry (KINGSLEY_Q19CASE)

University of East Anglia - Biological Sciences

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Norwich
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,777 stipend, (UKRI rate: £14,777pa - 2018/9 & £1,000pa CASE stipend), research costs and tuition fees at UK/EU rate
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 10th October 2018
Closes: 26th November 2018

Location Quadram Institute Bioscience, Norwich

Start date: 1/10/2019

Closing date: 26/11/2018

No. of positions available: 1

Hours: Full-time

Contract: Temporary

Supervisor Robert Kingsley

Project description

A safe food supply for humans and animals requires innovative approaches to exclude bacterial pathogens such as Salmonella from food and feed. The use of naturally occurring bacterial viruses called bacteriophage to kill bacteria in the food chain and processing environments is an exciting area of innovation. Rationale design and implementation of such approaches require scientific knowledge of the genetic diversity of the bacterial host and bacteriophage, to identify potential mechanisms of resistance. At the Quadram Institute Bioscience we are investigating the genomic diversity of bacterial pathogens in the food chain, and this project will integrate with these efforts by discovering and analysing bacteriophage that can be used to eradicate these pathogens from food and food processing environments. In this project you will learn to use cutting edge whole genome sequencing, bioinformatic and molecular microbiology technologies to investigate the mechanisms of killing and resistance of Salmonella by novel bacteriophage. In partnership with a leading food processing company, intervention strategies aimed at excluding Salmonella from food will be developed and tested in a model factory in the lab.

This studentship would suit applicants with an interest in developing skills in cutting edge fundamental scientific research with significant component of applying their research to Industry processes. The student stipend will be supplemented by a generous contribution from the Industry partner.

Person Specification UK 2:1 & English Language (6.5 overall, 6 in each section)

Funding notes

For funding eligibility guidance, please visit our website: Full Studentships cover a stipend of £15,777pa (UKRI rate: £14,777pa – 2018/9 & £1,000pa CASE stipend), research costs and tuition fees at UK/EU rate and are available to UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements.  

Students from EU countries who do not meet the UK residency requirements may be eligible for a fees-only award. Students in receipt of a fees-only award will be eligible for a maintenance stipend awarded by the NRPDTP Bioscience Doctoral Scholarships. To be eligible students must meet the EU residency requirements.

This Industrial CASE project has been shortlisted for funding by the Norwich Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (NRPDTP). Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed as part of the studentship competition on either the 8th, 9th or 10th January 2019.  

The NRPDTP offers postgraduates the opportunity to undertake a 4 year research project whilst enhancing professional development and research skills through a comprehensive training programme. You will join a vibrant community of world-leading researchers. Students with, or expecting to attain, at least an upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, are invited to apply.  

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