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PhD Studentship: Protein Self-Assembly

University of Cambridge - Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Cambridge
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: The studentship will provide a maintenance grant and tuition fees at the UK rate. Non-UK applicants will be considered only if they qualify for the UK fees rate or are able to fund the overseas fees differential.
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 10th June 2021
Closes: 16th July 2021
Reference: MA26534

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD studentship to start in October 2021 or January 2022 in the research group led by Prof Tuomas Knowles.  The project, co-funded by Xampla Ltd, will involve the exploration of new strategies to control nanoscale protein self-assembly for the development of novel protein-based materials.  The strategy will allow the generation of structured materials with enhanced mechanical properties that can replace synthetic and fossil-fuel derived polymers that contribute to microplastic and single-use plastic pollution.

Applicants must have (or expect to obtain) at least the equivalent of a UK upper second-class Master's degree in chemistry.  Practical experience of protein chemistry or materials chemistry in a research environment would be beneficial.

The studentship will provide a maintenance grant and tuition fees at the UK rate. Non-UK applicants will be considered only if they qualify for the UK fees rate or are able to fund the overseas fees differential.

To apply, please email a cover letter, CV, detailed academic transcripts and the contact details for at least two academic referees to: Prof Tuomas Knowles (email: tpjk2@cam.ac.uk).  Your cover letter should explain why you wish to be considered for the studentship and describe the qualities and experience you would bring.

Please quote reference MA26534 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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