PhD students needed for PROTEUS project

Two PhD students are needed for the large, multidisciplinary PROTEUS project between the University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University and the University of Bath.

Understanding the molecular basis of disease in the lungs requires the development and application of tools and technologies which will help image, diagnose and detect key inflammatory and infective processes. These PhD students will break new grounds in multiplexed imaging and sensing in living tissue, focusing on the respiratory system.

With new, cutting-edge facilities in the University of Edinburgh Queen’s Medical Research Institute, the students will be able to develop and apply new imaging and sensing tools to lung disease. There will be opportunities to use novel chemical probes targeting microorganisms, inflammatory cells and regeneration. In addition, in close liaison with the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine, have the opportunity to investigate lung repair and regeneration.

The students will have a unique set of experts at their disposal, from one of the UK’s top Medical School to advanced chemistry, image analysis, fibre-optics, photonics, electronics and signal processing. The student will be associated with the University of Edinburgh’s College of Medicine, and based in the MRC Centre for Inflammation Research, Queen’s Medical Research Institute.

Training will be tailored for the students to gain a first-class base for future research and personal development. The students will benefit from inclusion in an integrated PhD with entrepreneurship as part of a wider Centre for Doctoral Training in Optical Medical Imaging. These are four-year PhDs that are aimed at developing multidisciplinary excellence. The students will have a supervisory pool spanning clinical medicine, biological sciences and physical sciences. In addition, the students will be offered industrial placements.

The project is suitable for graduates with strong biology, chemistry, informatics, image analysis, engineering, or physics background with a keen interest in biomedical applications. Experience in multidisciplinary research is highly desirable.

Application Process

To apply please submit a cover letter stating clearly why you are interested in applying for the studentships, a full up-to-date C.V. (including vacation address) and names and addresses of two academic referees to the email or postal address given below by 1 March 2015. Applicants must satisfy RCUK residency rules for the full studentship.

For applications and further details please contact:

Dr Anne Moore
EPSRC IRC "Hub" in Optical Molecular Sensing & Imaging
MRC Centre for Inflammation Research
Queen's Medical Research Institute
47 Little France Crescent
Edinburgh EH16 4TJ
University of Edinburgh
Email: Anne. Moore@ed.ac.uk

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