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PhD Studentship - Development of Novel Dermatologic Applications of In-vivo FTIR Molecular Spectroscopy

University of Sheffield - Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Sheffield
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £17,009
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 3rd April 2019
Closes: 17th June 2019

Supervisor(s): Dr. Simon Danby, Professor Stephen Matcher and Professor Michael Cork

Project details:

L’Oreal is the world’s largest personal care company. The Active Cosmetics Division of L’Oreal, comprising the Vichy, La Roche-Posay, SkinCeuticals, Roger & Gallet, CeraVe and Sanoflore brands, is a world leader in dermocosmetics.

Agilent is a leader in life sciences, diagnostics and applied chemical markets. The company provides laboratories worldwide with instruments, services, consumables, applications and expertise, enabling customers to gain the insights they seek. The Spectroscopy Division of Agilent has developed handheld spectroscopy instrumentation which is gaining rapid acceptance in a wide variety of application areas, most recently including skin analysis.

The aim of this project is to develop novel dermocosmetic applications for FTIR spectroscopy using the Agilent 4300 spectrometer. We have already shown that FTIR can be used in vivo to quantify the skin barrier defect in patients with eczema, and that this measurement could potentially help direct preventative therapies towards those most at risk.

Working in partnership with L’Oreal and Agilent the student will undertake a program of research, involving in vivo human skin testing, to develop new analytical methods to quantify skin properties that will help support future product development and testing. The work will be based at Sheffield’s internationally recognised Skin Barrier Laboratory, and will additionally involve a 3-month placement at L’Oreal, where the student will gain a valuable insight into research and development at a world leading cosmetics company.

Proposed start date: October 2019


Subject to funding for candidates meeting EPSRC studentship eligibility criteria. For more details, please see

The award covers fees and a stipend at the standard UK research rate. The principle industry partner is offering a further £2,000 per annum enhancement of the stipend. The stipend is payable to UK residents only.

Salary/stipend rate: £17,009 per year for 4 years

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