Research Topic APRA Foundation Graduate Student Teaching Scholarship in Philosophy
Reference number: APRA/PHIL GTA/2015
Abstract

We have the following exciting opportunity to study full-time for a PhD, while undertaking teaching and research and editorial responsibilities within the Philosophy discipline area, in SPIRE (School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and the Environment) within the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.


SPIRE has a strong track record of research excellence, as recognised in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014).  100% of research returned to the REF2014 Philosophy panel was assessed as at least international standard, with over half (57%) judged to be World Leading or Internationally Excellent.


The successful candidate’s doctoral project will be on a topic in the area of Kantian Studies. The topic can be in any of the areas of scholarship related to the work of Immanuel Kant – for instance, Kant’s practical philosophy (ethics, political philosophy, legal philosophy, philosophy of religion), Kant’s theoretical philosophy (epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind or logic), Kant’s teleology (including philosophy of art and aesthetics or philosophy of biology), or Kant’s philosophy of history or anthropology.


The studentship is part-sponsored by the Adrian Piper Research Archive Foundation (APRA) in Berlin, and as such, the student will be required to undertake editorial and other research duties required by Professor Adrian Piper and the Foundation.  These may include, but are not limited to the area of Kantian Studies.


The student will join the recently created Keele-Oxford-St Andrews Kantian Research Centre (KOSAK) and will be supervised by Dr Sorin Baiasu, with possible joint supervision from colleagues at Oxford University of University of St Andrews.


The post is for a maximum of 180 hours per annum. This will normally involve contributing to no more than 6 hours per week of teaching, editorial or other duties relating to APRA. The post will commence on 1 October 2015 and can only be held in conjunction with full-time PhD study.  To get an idea of postgraduate research  student life at Keele, you may wish to view this recent video.


Application Information


Applications should comprise of a PhD application form, including a personal statement regarding suitability for the APRA Foundation Berlin Graduate Teaching Scholarship position. 


Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Sorin Baiasu to discuss their project plans before applying, s.baiasu@keele.ac.uk, telephone 01782 733364.


Enquiries about the application process should be directed to the Postgraduate Administrator, Helen Farrell at socialsciences.phd@keele.ac.uk or 01782 733641.

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Duration The post is for a maximum of 180 hours per annum. This will normally involve contributing to no more than 6 hours per week of teaching, editorial or other duties relating to APRA. The post will commence on 1 October 2015 and can only be held in conjunction with full-time PhD study.
Fees £2,052 GTA salary pa

£4,052 Tuition fee waiver pa
Stipend £12,005 Stipend pa

The total package is worth £18,109 per year. You will receive a salary/stipend of £14,057 per year for three years. Overseas (non EU) students will be eligible, but will need to cover the difference between EU and international fees.
Closing date Friday 18 September 2015

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Research Topic Neurophysiology and morphology of endogenous and cultured cochlear fibrocytes
Reference number: FNS GS 2015-05
Abstract

In a mouse model of age-related hearing loss it has been noted that loss of cochlear fibrocytes from the lateral wall accompanies and precedes the hearing loss. One possible way of reducing the hearing loss would be to transplant fibrocytes grown in culture into the lateral wall, thereby replacing the lost fibrocytes and restoring their physiological function, which is related to maintaining the extracellular ionic environment around the sensory hair cells. The overall aim of the work is to compare and assess the complement of ion channels and transporters in the fibrocyte membrane, and to account for any differences between cultured cells and those in the cochlear wall. A future transplantation strategy is likely to work better of the cultured fibrocytes closely resemble those in situ. The project will involve:



  • Culturing cochlear fibrocytes in conventional culture dishes and in 3D gels

  • Electrophysiological recordings from cochlear fibrocytes, both in culture and in cochlear slices. The aim being to assess the similarity in ion channel and transporter function between the two groups.

  • Anatomical analysis at both the EM and LM level of fibrocytes used in our experiments (and their neighbours) for quantitative assessment of the fibrocyte type and their labelled membrane proteins such as potassium channels and potassium-chloride transporters.

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Duration 3 years
Fees Funding support is provided as follows;

100% UK level tuition fees for 3 years commencing Academic year 2015/2016.
Funding source: Faculty of Natural Sciences and and Action on Hearing Loss

Eligibility Criteria: Only UK students are eligible to apply due to funding source.

Minimum 2:1 class Honours degree in Neuroscience; Physiology, Biomedical Science, Biology or related field (e.g., Biochemistry).
Stipend Stipend support for three years at £14,056, £4,904, £4,804 commencing academic year 2015/2016.
Closing date 31st August 2015

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Research Topic Characterisation of nanostructured catalysts
Reference number: FNS GS 2015-07
Abstract

The project aims to develop quantitative approaches to the characterisation of heterogeneous catalysts, for instance bifunctional catalysts that contain both acid and metal sites. The research areas will include: (i) preparation of catalysts with controlled acid and metal functions and (ii) characterisation of these nanostructured materials using a range of analytical techniques. It is expected that the projects will generate quantitative data on the catalysts structure, concentration and location of the active sites, and therefore, the potential role of the acid and metal centres in catalytic reactions, hence providing a basis for the design of new heterogeneous catalysts with high activity, selectivity and stability.


Depending on the students’ interests and the project requirements, the projects could also be focused on the development of new approaches and methodologies for the characterisation of bifunctional catalysts. The project will give you an opportunity to achieve a professional level in the preparation and characterisation of nanostructured catalysts, their applications and industrial relevance.

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Duration 3 years
Fees 100% UK/EU tuition fees for 3 years commencing Academic year 2015/2016. Non-UK/EU students would be required to pay the additional overseas fees themselves.
Stipend Stipend support for three years at Research Council rates (2015/6 £14,056 per annum). Consumables and conference attendance (~£3K p.a.)
Closing date 30th September 2015

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Research Topic Neurobiology of Ageing: The effects of ageing on the viability of substantia nigra (“Parkinson’s”) dopamine neurons
Reference number: ISTM2015-02
Abstract

Idiopathic Parkinson’s disease (PD) occurs when dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNc) degenerate in high numbers (usually about a 60-70% loss).  There is an inextricable link between the occurrence of idiopathic PD and ageing.   The typical onset of Parkinson’s disease is just after the age of 60, and there is a 10 fold increase in the chances of PD occurring in the human population between the ages of 50 and 80.  Laboratory work indicates that there is also a direct correlation between rising age and “normal” degeneration of substantia nigra dopamine neurons, and that as animals age there is an increased expression of proteins that are typically related to degenerating neurons in the PD brain.  These findings suggest that there is something about the normal ageing process that facilitates degeneration of SNc dopamine neurons, and that “normal” age-related dopamine neuron degeneration looks very similar to that seen in PD.


The aim of this PhD project is to look at what changes occur in the ageing brain that may explain the increased degeneration of dopamine neurons.  We will do this by looking at when (and to what degree) the brain begins to lose dopamine nerve cells during normal ageing, and at what molecular changes occur in the ageing brain during that time that may cause decreased viability of dopamine nerve cells.  

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Duration 3 years
Fees 100% UK/EU tuition fees for 3 years commencing Academic year 2015/2016. Non-UK/EU students would be required to pay the additional overseas fees themselves.
Stipend Stipend support for three years at Research Council rates (2015/6 = £14,056 per annum)
Closing date 31st August 2015

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