The University of Cambridge offers a three-year fully-funded PhD studentship in Physics to highly talented Student. The PhD Scholarship comes with an attractive salary following EU ITN rules, and additional funding is also available to fund research visits and as well as a family allowance, if applicable. Scholarship applicants must complete their application online till February 16 2021.
|Scholarship Sponsor||University of Cambridge|
|Scholarships level||PhD studentship|
|Fellowship Period||Three years|
|Study area||Department of Physics, Science|
|Opening date||February 02 2021|
|Closing date||February 16 2021|
We offer a three-year fully funded PhD studentship as an Early Stage Researcher to carry out PhD work with Professor Pietro Cicuta in the Biological and Soft Systems group of the Cavendish Laboratory of the University of Cambridge.
The position comes with an attractive salary following EU ITN rules, additional funding is also available to fund research visits and secondments to other partners including Copenhagen, Basel, Paris and Berlin, as well as family allowance, if applicable.
Previous work in our group has explored the interactions between two species in various contexts of host/pathogen interactions (we studied adhesion of malaria parasites to red blood cells; adhesion of bacteria to immune system cells and epithelium) and of symbiosis (bacteria/algae co-cultures). In all these systems, there are weak binding forces that are competing against shear stresses from external laminar flows (and in many cases there is actively generated micro-flows, via cilia and flagella beating).
The role holder will focus here on bacteria/eukaryotic interactions, building laboratory communities towards model systems that correspond to two important biological situations: bacteria growing colonies adhered to epithelial cell layers; bacteria growing colonies around single cell algae.
Using new microfluidic structure designs we will test the role of external and internally generated flows on the growth of bacteria colonies, as well as environmental confinement, and investigate the inter-dependencies between the pairs of species. This understanding has general importance in both infectious disease and many ecological situations where flows exert forces that have to be overcome for cell/cell adhesion.
The deadline for applications is February 16 2021
- Full requirements of the University of Cambridge and the Physics Department apply.
- To satisfy the EU mobility criteria, the applicant can have any citizenship but must not have lived in the UK for more than twelve months in the last three years.
- The Fellowship is offered in conjunction with a PhD position, subject to the Fellow satisfying the University’s admissions requirements for PhD study.
- Therefore shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit a formal application to the University of Cambridge for a PhD in Physics. Applicants will be considered for the start date of Easter Term 2021.
Applicants should provide (1) a short statement of their interest in this position; (2) their CV (including publications list, if any) and (3) the contact details of two referees via email to Professor Pietro Cicuta ( [email protected] ) not later than February 16 2021.
Please quote reference KA25560 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.
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