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UCLan Research Bursaries and Studentships

UCLan advertises a range of funding schemes for postgraduate research at various times through the year. These include the University’s own studentships and bursaries and those from external organisations, including the Research Councils, the NHS, commerce and industry.

Available funding

Most funding is for PhD places. Schemes vary and may provide either full cover or partial funding for tuition fees, and some may also include a maintenance grant. A list of schemes currently open for applications is listed below.

Note: CURRENT UCLAN RESEARCH STUDENTS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THESE ADVERTISED RESEARCH STUDENTSHIPS

Reference RS/15/34

Research experience in chemistry (organic synthesis, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry and characterisation of nanomaterials).

Applications are invited from Graduates in Chemistry (or equivalent) Master’s level programs to join our group within the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences. Research experience in chemistry (organic synthesis, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry and characterisation of nanomaterials), excellent presentation and communication skills, ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team are essential. English requirement: IELTS overall minimum score of 6.5 with a minimum sub-score of 6.0 in each component.

The project encompasses the synthesis and characterisation of a novel group of nanomaterials for bioimaging and drug delivery. Photoluminescent carbogenic nanoparticles (CDots) have supreme optical properties (Krysmann, et al., 2012) and low toxicity ideal for biodetection and bioimaging. The surface of CDots can be chemically modified with functional groups such as carboxylic groups (Krysmann, et al., 2012). The presence of carboxylic groups allows further modification through chemical attachment to the amine and hydroxyl groups present in various biomolecules. Use of this approach can be extended to the encapsulation of CDots and other colloidal nanocrystals into various biomolecules. The resulting nanoclusters will have enhanced solubility, stability, biocompatibility in physiological media and will provide a novel and efficient drug delivery system.

Closing Date: 31st May 2016

To apply, download and complete the Application Form.

When complete, please e-mail the completed form to researchadmissions@uclan.ac.uk

Alternatively you can send the complete form to:

Senior Research Administrator (Admissions)
Research Student Registry
University of Central Lancashire
Preston
PR1 2HE
Lancashire
UK

Reference RS/15/36

Applications are invited for a full time Masters (By Research) studentship in the area of synthetic medicinal chemistry. The studentship is tenable for up to 1 year full-time [subject to satisfactory progress] and will cover the cost of tuition fees at UK/EU rates plus a maintenance grant of £11000. International applicants may apply but will be required to pay the difference in tuition fees between the Home/EU and International rate. It is expected the successful applicant will commence 1 July 2016

Project Title: Photoactive self-disinfection bandages towards next generation infection control

Infection control in the 21st century is problematic, particularly from the point of view of microbial drug resistance. Given the problem of increasing antimicrobial drug resistance and the paucity of new agents, it is sensible to consider alternative approaches to infection control especially towards wound management. One major problem is infections around open wounds, either through postoperative surgical procedures or burns/scalds. The bacterial pathogens that primarily infect burns are methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Klebsiella species. In addition to this, burn wounds are commonly infected with a number of fungal species including Candida albicans.

This project seeks to generate a technology capable of maintaining a clean wound environment, through touch of the button disinfection (without the need for administration of antibiotics or skin disinfectants capable of causing pain or irritation), by using light-activated photoantimicrobials. These are chemicals that absorb light energy and use this to power chemical reactions in their immediate environment, usually via the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which is microbicidal upon illumination.

The project will be conducted in collaboration with researchers from the School of Engineering and the School of Pharmacy.

Candidates should have (or expect to hold) a UK Bachelor Honours degree at 2:1 level or above (or equivalent qualification) in chemistry or a closely related discipline and a 2:1 or above grade for their final year laboratory based dissertation preferably within the area of organic synthesis or medicinal chemistry.

International applicants require an English Language level of UKVI IELTs 6.5 (no sub-score below 6.0) or equivalent qualification.

Further information

For an informal discussion about the project please contact Dr Robert B Smith email rbsmith@uclan.ac.uk tel 01772 894384

Download the application form

Description and Specification

Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Student Registry email researchadmissions@uclan.ac.uk quoting the studentship reference number

Closing Date: 2 June 2016
Proposed Interview Date 9 June 2016

CURRENT UCLAN RESEARCH STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE RESEARCH STUDENTSHIP

Reference RS/15/37

Project Title: Photoactive self-disinfection bandages towards next generation infection control

Applications are invited for a one-year full-time MSc (by Research) studentship in the School of Engineering. The studentship is tenable for one year and covers the cost of tuition fees for UK/EU residents plus a maintenance grant. The research student, under the supervision of Dr. Stephen J. Mein and Dr. Matthew W. Dickinson, will be charged with full product cycle development of a prototype smart medical device for infection control of wounds, and then supporting testing of the device against a range of clinical pathogens.

Eligibility

Candidates should have a UK Bachelor 2(i) (or higher) honours degree (or equivalent qualification) in either Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a closely related discipline (e.g. Physics), with a 2(i) grade for their major individual project work. Preferentially the major individual project would have concerned embedded systems development for prospective candidates with a first degree in EE or 3D modelling and simulation with a first degree in ME. A broad base of engineering skills will be required to properly execute the project, as such the successful candidate will have a demonstrable general interest in engineering which extends outside of their specialist discipline. The candidate should also be enthusiastic and have excellent written and oral communication skills.

Funding Details

The expected start date is 1st July 2016 and the award is for one year and covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, consumables plus a maintenance stipend of £11000. Continuation onto a PhD program is possible, but will depend on acquiring further funding and satisfactory performance of the candidate. Applications will be considered from both UK/EU students and international students, but international applicants will be required to fund the difference between the Home/Eu and International Fee rate.

Project Description and Overview

The project which supports this studentship seeks to develop innovative technology; a smart medical device which provides on-demand disinfection of wounds, via photoactive antimicrobials. Illumination of these antimicrobial compounds provokes a chemical reaction, typically the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which has a powerful microbicidal effect. Infection control in the 21st century is problematic, especially in light of increasing microbial drug resistance and the paucity of new agents. Given these issues there is an urgent requirement to research and develop new approaches to infection control. One very salient application, and the focus of this project, is the infection control of open wounds, either resultant from postoperative surgical procedures or burns/scalds.

This studentship concerns technology development for the smart bandage device to deliver the treatment. The aim is to produce a small number of such prototype devices with the following functional elements: an illuminant and embedded electronics to trigger the photoactive reaction and an embodiment with a form-factor practicable both ergonomically and also in terms of robustness. Connectivity is required for expedient control over the device. The work will be conducted in collaboration with researchers from the School of Physical Sciences and School of Pharmacy, who will be responsible for the primary research and development of the photoactive compounds. The culmination of the project is to support the deployment of the prototypes in laboratory testing against a range of clinical pathogens known to infect burns wounds.

Informal Enquiries/Additional project related information on the studentship may be obtained by emailing, Dr Stephen J. Mein (sjmein@uclan.ac.uk) or Dr Matthew W. Dickinson (MDickinson1@uclan.ac.uk). Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be considered.

Download the application form

Person description and specification

Completed application forms should be returned to the Research Student Registry email researchadmissions@uclan.ac.uk quoting the studentship reference number