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 Investigate the effect of sequestration of Plasmodium falciparum-infected red blood cells on endothelial cells and astrocytes of the blood brain barrier, in cerebral malaria
Reference number: FNS GS 2016-09
Abstract

Applications are invited for a self-funded 3-year PhD studentship.  This study will investigate changes in human brain endothelial cells and astrocytes in response to PRBC cytoadherence and mechanisms involved in mediating these changes.  These studies will be performed using human brain microvascular endothelial cells (HBEC) and human astrocytes grown in tandem in an in vitro co-culture model, using an advanced model of the blood brain barrier (BBB).

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees Please see advert
Stipend None - please see advert
Closing date 22 September 2016

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Research Topic INVESTIGATION OF THE IMPACT OF BONE HEALTH & ACTIVITY LEVELS ON CARTILAGE REPAIR.
Reference number: ISTM2015-3
Abstract

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in cartilage regeneration funded by and based at the Institute of Orthopaedics, Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry which is part of the Institute for Science & Technology in Medicine (ISTM) at Keele University. 


Please include the reference number within your application - ISTM 2015-3.

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Duration Three years from 1st November 2016
Fees Three years full time fees paid at current UK/EU rates

International, UK and EU students are welcome to apply. Fees provided at EU rates only, Non-EU students would be required to pay the additional overseas fees themselves. Fees will only be paid for three years full time.
Stipend Three years’ full time stipend paid at current Research Council rate (2016-17, £14,296)

International, UK and EU students are welcome to apply. Fees provided at EU rates only, Non-EU students would be required to pay the additional overseas fees themselves. Fees will only be paid for three years full time.
Closing date 16th October 2016

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Research Topic Functionalised nanoprobes for characterisation of the structure and function of biological macromolecules using optically detected nuclear magnetic resonance
Reference number: ISTM2016-02
Abstract

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the group of Professor Melissa Mather in the Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine (ISTM) at Keele University, UK. This studentship represents an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated candidate to carry out ground breaking research in the framework of an ERC Consolidator Grant (TransPhorm). The funded project is focused on the development of a transformative technology platform based on Nitrogen Vacancy (NV) magnetometry to enable the structure and function of transmembrane proteins (TMPs) to be studied in their native state with unprecedented sensitivity and resolution. In the current project the successful candidate will focus on surface treatment and functionalisation of NV probes to study the structure and function of biological macromolecules with high selectivity by employing NVs as magnetic field sensors.


The project aims to reproducibly produce and characterise surface functionalised NV diamonds, in the first instance via carboxylation, ready for bio-labelling. NV diamonds will also be functionalised with antibodies for specific attachment to target antigens on the biological macromolecules of interest. Work will also be carried out to modify amino acid side chains of natural and recombinant proteins to incorporate small NMR probes at target, reactive moieties in the protein of interest.


Applicants should have, or expect to gain; at least an upper second class honours degree in the biological sciences or materials science. The studentship will be available from September 1st 2016. Three years full time stipend will be paid at the current Research Council rate (£14,296). Three years full time fees will be paid at current UK/EU rates. Funding is also available for travel to national and international conferences.


The successful candidate will enjoy access to high level facilities and instrumentation available at ISTM. Approximately 90% of ISTM's research was rated as world leading or internationally excellent in the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment (REF2014). ISTM specialises in translational research and REF2014 results demonstrate that the research carried out at ISTM has genuine impact on the world around us. Further information can be found at https://www.keele.ac.uk/istm/ .


For informal enquires contact Professor Melissa Mather via email: (m.mather@keele.ac.uk ).


Please quote the studentship reference on your application.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees The studentship will be available from September 1st 2016. Three years full time fees will be paid at current UK/EU rates."
Stipend Three years full time stipend will be paid at the current Research Council rate (£14,296).
Closing date 30th September 2016

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Research Topic Fast, wide-field, super resolution microscopy for optical detection of nuclear spins from biological macromolecules
Reference number: ISTM2016-03
Abstract

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in the group of Professor Melissa Mather in the Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine (ISTM) at Keele University, UK. This studentship represents an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated candidate to carry out ground breaking research in the framework of an ERC Consolidator Grant (TransPhorm). The funded project is focused on the development of a transformative technology platform based on Nitrogen Vacancy (NV) magnetometry to enable the structure and function of transmembrane proteins (TMPs) to be studied in their native state with unprecedented sensitivity and resolution. In this project the successful student will focus on the customisation of a microscopy system to enable optical detection of weak magnetic fields from NV centres in diamond and investigate the effects external nuclear spins have on the NV electron spin.


The project aims to establish a fast, widefield, super resolution imaging technique using nanodiamond probes for optically detected nuclear magnetic resonance. The downstream application of the technology to be developed is to study the structure and function of biological macromolecules with high selectivity by employing NV as magnetic field sensors to target specific biological sites and to map magnetic fields caused by nuclear spins from the biological macromolecules.


Applicants should have, or expect to gain; at least an upper second class honours degree in physics or engineering. The studentship will be available from September 1st 2016. Three years full time stipend will be paid at the current Research Council rate (£14,296). Three years full time fees will be paid at current UK/EU rates. Funding is also available for travel to national and international conferences.


The successful candidate will enjoy access to high level facilities and instrumentation available at ISTM. Approximately 90% of ISTM's research was rated as world leading or internationally excellent in the most recent Research Excellence Framework assessment (REF2014). ISTM specialises in translational research and REF2014 results demonstrate that the research carried out at ISTM has genuine impact on the world around us. Further information can be found at https://www.keele.ac.uk/istm/ .


For informal enquires contact Professor Melissa Mather via email: (m.mather@keele.ac.uk ).


Please quote the studentship reference number on your application.

Details See Advert and details and Supplementary Information
Duration 3 years
Fees The studentship will be available from September 1st 2016. Three years full time fees will be paid at current UK/EU rates."
Stipend Three years full time stipend will be paid at the current Research Council rate (£14,296).
Closing date 30th September 2016

Apply online here