Fully Funded PhD Research Studentship : Phenolic Complexation and Antioxidant Properties


Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship to join the growing Biomechanism Engineering research team based in the Research Division of Process and Environmental Engineering (Faculty of Engineering) at the University of Nottingham, a global top 75 University. The student will work in a dynamic research environment and as part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers working towards a more complete understanding and utilisation of biochemical processes for a range of applications.


The student will design and undertake NMR measurements, coupled with both quantum chemical and molecular dynamics computations, to better understand how polyphenols interact with other biomolecules and how this may affect solubility and other physical/chemical properties. The student will present the research locally and at international conferences. Training in experiments, theory and research methodology will be provided.


Requirements of the studentship:


i) Students should have, or expect to obtain, a first-class or good 2:1 honours degree, or a distinction or high merit at MSc level (or international equivalent), in chemistry, biochemistry, computational chemistry, chemical engineering, biochemical engineering or closely related disciplines such as computer science, physics or mathematics, with relevant background.

ii) Students should be able to demonstrate an interest in biochemical mechanisms, NMR and computational modelling, and should have excellent written and oral presentation skills. Previous experience with NMR analysis, quantum chemistry, molecular dynamics and/or software tools such as Gromacs and Gaussian would be beneficial.

iii) The studentship will cover full PhD tuition fees and a tax free stipend for three years (£13,590 for the 2012-13 academic year), restricted to UK/EU students. The studentship is expected to start in September 2013, or as early as possible after this date.

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Informal enquiries prior to making an application may be addressed to Dr Anna Croft, email: anna.croft@nottingham.ac.uk.

 How to Apply:


To make an application, please send a covering letter stating clearly how you fulfil the requirements of the studentship, your research interests and include a CV, an academic transcript, and the names and addresses of two academic referees, to anna.croft@nottingham.ac.uk


Please quote ref. ENG/678. The position will remain open until filled.


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