PhD Studentship in WestCHEM
WestCHEM/Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry
University of Strathclyde
Biomolecular Nanoscience/ Biomaterials Chemistry/ Supramolecular Chemistry
The research group of Professor Ulijn in WestCHEM, the joint Chemistry research school of the Universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde, invites applications for a PhD scholarships in the area of Biomolecular Nanotechnology, funded by the European Research Council (ERC). We seek high quality, enthusiastic candidates with excellent communication skills and a first class/ 2.1 degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Biomaterials Science, Biomolecular Engineering, or similar. Students will join the biomolecular nanotechnology research group at Strathclyde (www.ulijnlab.com), an ambitious research team with a strong international reputation and cross disciplinary focus.
Enzyme-Assisted Self-Assembly of Peptide Gels for Cell Culture (Collaboration with University of Glasgow, funded by ERC)
This PhD student will look at exploiting biocatalytic self-assembly1 of peptide based materials2 to produce hydrogels with tunable and well defined mechanical properties matched with those of nerve, fat and bone tissue. The resulting gel matrices will then be used to control cell behaviour3, including stem cell differentiation (in collaboration with Dr Matt Dalby, University of Glasgow).
References: 1. R.J. Williams et al., Nature Nanotechnology, 2009, 4, 19-24.; 2. A.M. Smith, R.V. Ulijn, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2008, 37, 664-675.; 3. M. Zhou et al., Biomaterials, 2009, 30, 2523-2530.
To apply, please send your CV, academic transcript and covering letter, indicating your research interests and including the contact details of two academic referees, to Isabel Scott (email@example.com) as soon as possible. Applications will continue to be considered until 20th September 2010. Informal enquires can also be directed towards Professor Rein Ulijn (firstname.lastname@example.org)