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BBSRC DTP-CASE PhD Studentship - Sustainable Future Foods: Mechano-Enzymatic Assembly of Complex Food Structures

University of Nottingham - Science

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Nottingham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,609
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 7th April 2021
Closes: 4th May 2021
Reference: SCI2001

A problem of emergent behaviour in biopolymer systems has long been a fascinating topic, leading to key insights into self-organising systems. Here we explore structuring in artificial, man-made fibres and filaments using a combination of enzymatic reactions and physical deformations, underpinned by an array of advanced characterisation techniques. In practice, we seek to develop new approaches for creating plant-based meat-mimicking fibres to be used as ingredients in sustainable animal-free foods. The project is an exciting collaboration between Soft Matter Biomaterials and Biointerfaces Team (School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham), Diamond Light Source, Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre and Motif FoodWorks, a Massachusetts-based animal-free ingredient innovation company. The duration of the programme is 4 year, based of the University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington campus. It includes a 4-month placement at Motif FoodWords (Boston, MA) and substantial time at Diamond Light Source. For further information and to apply please contact

Entry Requirement: Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in biologically related subject areas, including biochemistry, food science, biotechnology, plant science or similar are strongly encouraged. or a high distinction, distinction or high merit at the Masters level in chemistry, biophysics, physics or chemical engineering.

Studentship information: It is fully funded for four years and includes fees (£4500 p.a.) plus an annual stipend (£15,609 p.a.), set by the Research Councils.

How to apply:

The preferred start date is 01/10/2021. The 4-year PhD studentship will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found. Candidates are encouraged to apply via as soon as possible. 

Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Gleb Yakubov on for more details about the project, or you can visit

Closing Date: noon 4th May 2021 UK time.

Eligibility: This studentship is available to UK students and International (EU are now classified as international students. EU national have lived in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of their studies with pre settlement may be considered as Home(UK) candidates

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