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PhD Studentship: HYDRA - Hydrogels for Aerosol Capture

University of Hertfordshire

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Hatfield
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Fully funded as part of the EPSRC CDT in Aerosol Science
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 6th December 2022
Closes: 20th February 2023

Applications are invited for a 4 year PhD studentship starting in Autumn 2023 as part of the EPSRC CDT in Aerosol Science 

Project description 

Viruses and bacteria have evolved to become adept at invading, and remaining viable inside, natural hydrogels like mucus; suggesting hydrogels possess an innate ability to sustain the viability of a bioaerosol sample. This project will combine aerosol science, engineering and polymer chemistry to develop aerosol capture devices with soft hydrogel components. Engineering new synthetic hydrogel materials with tuneable physicochemical properties could transform our capability to protect a collected bioaerosol sample and optimise recovery of viable pathogens for identification of airborne pathogens. Experimental testing will utilise simulants and explore capture and recovery of foot-and-mouth virus from aerosols produced by infected livestock.

If you would like to learn more about this project, please contact Dr Ian JohnstonDr Michael Cook and Dr Loic Coudron.

About the CDT in Aerosol Science

The CDT brings together a multi-disciplinary team of 80 post-graduate students and academics from 7 UK universities spanning the physical, environmental and health sciences, and engineering. Our aim is to tackle the global challenges in which aerosol science is key.

During your doctorate, you will learn to research in diverse multidisciplinary teams, gain an advanced understanding of the core physical science of aerosols, and collaborate with industrial and public sector partners, equipping you to undertake ground-breaking research in aerosol science.

How to Apply

Candidates who aspire to work in a multidisciplinary field, and hold or will achieve a minimum of an upper second-class undergraduate degree in any of these areas are encouraged to apply: chemistry, physics, biological sciences, life and medical sciences, mathematics and computer science, chemical and mechanical engineering, pharmaceutical and environmental sciences. 

Visit our website:                                              Contact us: 

https://www.aerosol-cdt.ac.uk/                     aerosol-science@bristol.ac.uk 

Deadlines:

Shortlisting for interview will take place after the deadlines below. We encourage early application to ensure the greatest availability of studentships. 

Deadlines: 

  • 9am, Monday 12th December 2022 
  • 9am, Monday 9th January 2023 
  • 9am, Monday 30th January 2023 
  • 9am, Monday 20th February 2023 

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to take part in the CDT Interview & recruitment process, where you will have the opportunity to meet with potential PhD supervisors and narrow your shortlist to your preferred three projects. You will also meet with members of the CDT to explore whether the CDT in Aerosol Science is a good fit for you, and ask questions. 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to furthering issues of equality, diversity and inclusion and are keen to attract the most highly talented individuals from diverse backgrounds. The needs of individuals will be accommodated during the recruitment process and while studying with the CDT. Further information on our commitment to equality and diversity can be found on our website.

Funding Notes

Each four-year PhD studentship is fully funded as part of the EPSRC CDT in Aerosol Science. Successful applicants who meet the funding criteria will receive a studentship covering tuition fees, research and training support grant, plus a stipend paid at the standard UKRI rate. Both UK and overseas candidates are encouraged to apply.

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