Research Topic Astrophysics Studentships 2015
Reference number: EPSAM 2014-3
Abstract

A number of 3-year funded studentships are available from September 2015.  Projects include:

   Nuclear astrophysics: impact and sensitivity studies

   Laboratory astrophysics at the Diamond Light Source

   Transiting extra-solar planets with WASP-South

   High-precision studies of eclipsing binary stars observed using space telescopes

   Atmospheric properties of A, F and G stars

   Star formation and stellar ages from the Gaia-ESO Spectroscopic Survey

   Star formation in the Magellanic Clouds

  More projects may be added later.  For information on all projects see Advert and Details (below).

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Duration 3 years
Fees All fees paid at current UK/EU rates
Stipend 3-year stipend at current Research Council rate for UK residents only. EU nationals (not resident in the UK) qualify for a fees-only award.
Closing date 28 February 2015

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Research Topic Computer Science - Understanding and modelling emergent functionality in small biological neural systems
Reference number: EPSAM2014-1
Abstract

The functionality of biological neural systems emerges through the interaction of neurons. Recent technological advances allow the recording and analysis of many neurons individually, making possible the understanding and modelling the emergence of system level functionality in biological neural circuits.

The successful candidate will be expected to learn the relevant biological experimental techniques, perform biological experiments, learn the relevant computational modelling techniques, and build and analyse computational models of neurons and neural circuits.

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Duration 3 years
Fees All fees paid at current UK/EU rates
Stipend Full stipend at UK Research Council rate
Closing date 15 September 2014

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Research Topic Fault geometry and fault-zone development in mixed carbonate/clastic successions: Implications for reservoir management
Reference number: EPSAM2014-2
Abstract

Faults are key controlling elements of fluid flow within reservoirs. When faults undergo displacement, they change their fluid transmissibility by juxtaposing various lithologies across the fault, by developing a fault zone of gouge and by developing a damage zone adjacent to the fault, all of which have the potential to compartmentalise reservoirs and complicate exploitation.  This project will examine fault and fault-zone geometry in mixed clastic, carbonate and coal successions to deliver numerical models of the effects of these on fault-seal potential, reservoir compartmentalisation and reservoir performance.

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Duration 3 years
Fees Fees paid at current UK/EU rates
Stipend Full stipend at UK Research Council rate
Closing date 15 September 2014

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Current Studentships

Keele University studentships, when available, are funded internally or from external sponsors such as research councils or from industry. If you are interested in any of the studentships available you can apply online.

Research Topic Astrophysics funded Studentships 2014
Reference number: EPSAM 2013-1
Abstract

A number of 3-year funded studentships are available from September 2014.  Projects include:

   Nuclear astrophysics: impact and sensitivity studies

   Laboratory astrophysics at the Diamond Light Source

   Star formation and stellar ages from the Gaia-ESO Spectroscopic Survey

   Star formation in the Magellanic Clouds

    

 More projects may be added later.  For information on all projects see Advert and Details (below).

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees All fees paid at current UK/EU rates
Stipend 3-year stipend paid at current Research Council rate for UK residents only. EU nationals (not resident in the UK) qualify for a fees-only award.
Closing date 30 May 2014

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Research Topic Remotely triggered scaffolds for controlled degradation and release of pharmaceuticals
Reference number: ISTM 2012-04
Abstract

Advancement in knowledge of cell-materials interaction has led to development of novel materials for use in implant technology, in vitro expansion of cells for regenerative medicine and medical diagnostics. Scaffold materials provide the architecture to support 3D tissue growth, although often such materials cause problems for long-term regeneration. Biodegradable scaffolds that collapse after a fixed time period, either naturally or after external stimulus, are therefore advantageous. Addition of nanoparticles into the intrinsic structure of a scaffold can enhance functionality and lead to exciting new properties including ability to remotely trigger structural collapse and drug release. Here we are interested in the incorporation of such nanoparticles into a thermo-responsive biocompatible scaffold. This sophisticated system will result in remotely triggered scaffolds for controlled degradation and release of pharmaceuticals.

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Duration 3 years
Fees Self-funded
Stipend Self-funded
Closing date On-going

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Research Topic Image guided stimuli responsive nanoparticles for treatment of pancreatic cancer
Reference number: ISTM 2012-03
Abstract

Magnetic nanoparticles have become widely studied for biomedical applications in recent years including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nerve regeneration, drug and gene therapy. Coating the MNPs with gold results in a rigid coat shielding the external environment from the iron oxide. This results in safer particles with increased applications. Colloidal gold possess’ unique surface plasmon resonance (SPR) properties. When nanoparticles are irradiated with light of appropriate wavelength, particles undergo absorption and scattering of the photons. This absorption of Au nanoparticles is followed by rapid conversion of light into heat. In biomedicine this unique property can be exploited for applications such as photo thermal ablation and thermo responsive drug delivery. Pancreatic cancer is the 4th main cancer in the western world with only 5% of patients surviving up to 5 years after treatment. There is a huge clinical need for more efficient treatments for this disease. This group is interested in the application of gold coated magnetic nanoparticles for image guided stimuli responsive drug delivery for the treatment of pancreatic cancer.

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Duration 3 years
Fees Self-funded
Stipend Self-funded
Closing date On-going

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Research Topic Soil Biogeochemistry
Reference number: EPSAM 2013-4
Abstract

The student will carry out laboratory and field experiments to investigate the impacts of reactive N enrichment on the N cycle processes in soils of mature and restored ecosystems (varied age classes).

Biogeochemical research methods including soil incubation, experimental manipulation and subsequent sampling for N speciation measurement and process rates calculation will be utilized.
 

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Duration 3 years
Fees All fees paid at current UK/EU rates
Stipend Full stipend at UK Research Council rate
Closing date 10th July 2014

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