The Newcastle University is offering PhD Studentship in Medical Sciences – Biosciences’ to all scholars. The research topic of this PhD scholarship is “Advanced molecular genetic methods for the discovery of novel natural product antibiotics”. Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the home fees and international fees.
|Scholarship Sponsor||Newcastle University|
|Scholarships level||PhD studentship|
|Award Amount||100% of home tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £15,609 (full award)|
|Fellowship Period||Three years|
|Study area||Microbiology, Biochemistry|
|Opening date||January 29 2021|
|Closing date||February 25 2021|
Supervisor – Professor Jeff Errington
There is an urgent need for novel antibiotics with which to treat the problems of emerging resistance across a wide range of important pathogens. Natural product (NP) molecules, mainly produced by microbes such as actinobacteria, have historically been a rich source of antibiotics. Next-generation DNA sequencing has recently revealed that the remarkable gene clusters that encode NPs are far more abundant than had been appreciated, meaning that there is a vast reservoir of untapped genetic potential for NP molecules, sometimes called the “Microbial Dark Matter”, awaiting discovery and exploitation.
The central aim of the project, which will be carried out in a large and successful research group, will be to develop advanced new molecular genetic/genomic methods with which to isolate new NP molecules and then screen them for antibiotic action on pathogens or activity against other interesting therapeutic targets.
The deadline for applications isFebruary 25, 2021
100% of home tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £15,609 (full award). Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the home fees and international fees.
- You must have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree in microbiology, biochemistry, or a related area. A further qualification such as an MSc or MRes is advantageous.
- This award is available to Home and international applicants.
- To study this course, you need to meet the following English Language requirements:
- IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills).
You must apply through the university’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account‘.
Only mandatory fields need to be completed. However, you will need to include the following information:
• Insert the programme code 8300F* in the programme of study section
• Select ‘PhD in the Faculty of Medical Sciences – Biosciences’ as the programme of study
• Insert the studentship code BI035 in the studentship/partnership reference field
• Attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote the studentship reference code BI035 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
• Attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications
The online application system will only allow one application using the programme code 8300F. If you are applying for TWO or more projects using that code, then you will need to email our Postgraduate Admissions Service (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following information:
Your application number (from the first project application that you submitted online).
For further information, please email Jeff.email@example.com.