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PhD Studentship Multi-scale and multi-physics modelling of skin hydration

University of Surrey

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Guildford
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 6th June 2019
Closes: 23rd June 2019

Studentship description

Applications are invited for an Early Stage Researcher (ESR) of EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) to be hosted at Unilever R&D Colworth in the UK. The position is for a fixed-term of 3 years and the successful applicant is expected to register for PhD at the University of Surrey. This is one of the cohort of 13 ESRs of STINTS (, an EU Innovative Training Network of MSCA participated by 6 leading European universities, 2 global industrial companies and 8 associated industrial partners. The main aim of STINTS is to develop new scientic insight into the complex biomechanical, biophysical and biochemical pathways affecting skin integrity and barrier function, following the exposure of the skin to prolonged pressure and shear forces that ultimately results in skin response at cellular level. Specifically, the research objective of this ESR is to develop experimental and in-silico methods to investigate how prolonged pressure and shear influence skin hydration and transdermal water loss. The effects of skin care creams will be also investigated.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work with a multi-disciplinary supervisory team in a vibrant setting of both academic research and industrial R&D. Unilever is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of fast moving consumer goods, with an annual turnover exceeding €50 billions. The company’s brand portfolio includes household names such as Dove, Lux, Omo, Lipton and Wall’s. The University of Surrey is one of the world’s leading institutions for research excellence. Located in Guildford UK, the university was named University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times in 2016 and was awarded a Gold award in the recent Teaching Excellence Framework. The Department of Chemical and Process Engineering (CPE) is the longest established chemical engineering department in the UK and is currently ranked 5th in UK according to the Guardian League Table. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the eligibility requirements for an ESR under the Horizon 2020 ITN Programme; in particular, they should be eligible to be appointed as an ESR in the UK by satisfying the following criteria: 

  • to have minimal research experience after Undergraduate/Masters graduation (this is cumulative research experience and does not include management/industrial or other work experience) 
  • to not hold a PhD degree (PhD candidates under 4 years of registration and before completion may apply) 
  • to have resided or carried out their main activity in the UK for less than 12 months (cumulative) in the three years prior to their recruitment.
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category


This studentship provides full funding for the three year course for students who have lived in the UK/EU for three years or more.

How to apply

Applicants need to fill online application form via the link below:

Applicants need to upload your CV, English test results, degree certificates, transcripts and two reference letters for the application. At application please indicate that you have talked to Prof Guoping Lian and your PhD will be funded by the EU Innovative Training Network of Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA). 

Application enquiries

Professor Guoping Lian, 01483683530

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