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Cell to Cell Interactions: Linking the Cell Surface with Biological Functions
Department of Chemical and Process Engineering
Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the area of cell to cell interactions in Gram positive microorganisms, specifically Bacillus cereus. This project will work at the interface between biology and engineering systems, by combining surface characterisation techniques with biological function such as quorum sensing and protein expression, to establish a link between how external environmental factors influence the way in which cells interact with each other. The successful applicant will develop a multidisciplinary skill set in microbiology, ‘omic analysis as well as physical science and engineering.
Applicants should have at least an upper second class honours degree in biology, biochemistry, chemical engineering or related subject, or have an appropriate MSc qualification.
UK citizens will qualify for full fees and stipend support at the standard research council rate. Other applicants will need to make a contribution to the fees. Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Catherine Biggs email@example.com in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering.
Full applications (including CV, written references and academic transcripts) are to be submitted online. Details can be found at http://www.shef.ac.uk/postgraduate/research/apply.
Closing Date 31st December 2007.
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EPSRC PhD Studentship
Managing Customer Choice: ‘Designing Personalised Sports Footwear'
Department of Design & Technology
£12600 stipend plus fees (UK/EU)
Supervisors: Dr C Samantha Porter & Prof J Mark Porter
This grant involves research on the way that potential customers will enjoy being able to design and purchase personalised sports footwear on the high street.
The aim is to understand the interaction and ‘design tension' between the various factors in customer choice that will need to be managed during the high street design process (performance & safety, health & comfort, and the aesthetic of the shoe). These ‘customers' will include serious athletes but also include the general public who will want to use the shoe for a wide range of work and leisure purposes. The term ‘personalised' also includes fitting the foot and dealing with any corrections to orthopaedic/biomechanic issues. New concept shoe designs will be investigated exploiting the new technologies emanating from other researchers in the project.
Please contact Dr Samantha Porter (C.S.Porter@lboro.ac.uk) if you would need more information.
To apply, please complete the form: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/prospectus/pg/apply/index.htm. In addition, please include a statement of how the research will benefit from your qualifications and experience to date.
Deadline for applications: Friday 9th November 2007
Application forms should be returned to Karen Gibson, Department of Design & Technology, Loughborough University, Leics LE11 3TU.
Please do not send an online form to the Research Student Office.
St Andrews Studentship in Statistical Ecology: measuring biodiversity
This PhD studentship will be within the National Centre for Statistical
Ecology, a joint research centre between the Universities of Kent,
Cambridge and St Andrews, and will be based at St Andrews in Scotland.
Nearly 200 countries have signed up to the goal of reducing the rate of
loss of biodiversity by 2010. This raises the question of how regional
biodiversity should be measured. Without suitable measures and
associated precision estimates, we cannot assess whether the ï¿½2010
targetsï¿½ have been met. However, most biodiversity study sites are
unrepresentative and incapable of delivering estimates of regional
biodiversity. Further, the impact of variable detectability or
trappability among species and across sites on biodiversity measures is
In this project, the student will review existing biodiversity measures,
and assess their relevance to the 2010 targets. Shortcomings will be
identified, and better methods developed. Survey design will also be
reviewed, and recommendations made for future survey schemes.
The studentship covers home fees and the standard research council
stipend for 3 years. It is open to any applicant, but applicants from
outside the European Union will need to seek additional funding to cover
the difference between home and overseas fees. Applicants should have a
first degree in statistics, or in a related discipline with a strong
quantitative component. Start date is negotiable, but should be between
October 2007 and October 2008.
If interested please contact Professor Steve Buckland -
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