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Open positions for PhD students

Publish date: 20.11.2019

University of Glasgow

Univerza v Glasgowu ima odprto mesto za doktorske študente na College of Science and Engineering na določenih področjih. Več informacij.

Supervisor(s)

(with email address(es)) *

 

Prof. Thomas Franke (Thomas.Franke@glasgow.ac.uk)

 

Funding Status *

 (UK/EU/INT’L/ALL)

Competition Funded Project

Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Application Deadline *

 

29 November 2019

Project Title *

 

PhD in Biomedical Engineering: High-throughput Microfluidic Droplet Sorting for Industrial Applications

PhD Programme (for online application purposes) *

 

 

Project Description *

(700 words)

 

A graduate studentship leading to the award of a PhD is available to work at the University of Glasgow in the School of Engineering, with Prof. Thomas Franke. The project will be completed in collaboration with the world’s largest chemical company and visits to their sites are required.

 

This project will involve the setup and optimization of high-throughput microfluidic droplet sorting systems, plus the testing of the suitability of such systems (in terms of sorting rate and detection sensitivity) for different industrially relevant applications.

 

This includes but is not limited to the following tests:

  • Determining sensitivity of the sorter using different fluorescence detection methods. For example, one target will be to determine the sensitivity of the sorter, relative to rate of sorting, using a biochemical fluorescence assay.
  • Using commercially available E. coli with incorporated green fluorescent protein (GFP) to determine the sensitivity of the system relative to number of GFP-expressing bacteria per droplet.
  • Experiments will be performed with two different metabolite producing bacteria strains, where the metabolite can be identified using a fluorescence detection method. The target is to successfully identify and sort the top 1 – 5% producers.

 

Applicants should have a university degree in physics, engineering, biotechnology, chemistry or a related, relevant subject. Specific skills in microfluidics, directed evolution, lab on a chip technology, chemical and kinetic analysis of enzyme mechanisms, proteomics, cell sorting and cytometer technology, integrations and automatization of microfluidics are highly advantageous.

 

Please direct informal enquiries to Thomas.Franke@glasgow.ac.uk .

Start Date *

 

 

Please advise/ make decision on earliest possible start date.

Funding Notes * (100 words)

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The studentship is supported by the University and an industry partner and will cover tuition fees and provide a stipend of £15,009 (subject to annual increments) for 3.5 years for home/EU students.

Eligibility *

 

UK/ EU applicants eligible (international students must cover own tuition fees).

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