UCL Department / DivisionÂ Eastman Dental Institute
Duration of StudentshipÂ 3.5 years
StipendÂ Â£15,590 per annum
Vacancy InformationÂ The department of Microbial Diseases is seeking a highly motivated graduate to undertake an exciting 3.5-year PhD project entitled âPhoto based technologies for the treatment of biofilms and oral malodourâ
Studentship Description The studentship is supported by an EPSRC CASE award and it will cover tuition fees and provide a bursary (currently Â£15,590 per annum) for 3.5 years.
Oral malodour is a common complaint that can affect up to 50% of the population, causing embarrassment and social problems. The predominant cause of oral malodour is the production of volatile sulphur compounds by certain bacteria growing as biofilms in the oral cavity, particularly on the tongue.
Current treatments for oral malodour provide temporary relief of a few hours and it is therefore desirable to develop new treatments that can provide longer term relief.
Researchers in the department of microbial diseases have been pioneering the use of photodynamic therapy (PDT) as an alternative to conventional antibiotics and antiseptics for the treatment of bacterial diseases. PDT utilizes light in combination with a light-activated compound, known as a photosensitizer, to generate toxic reactive oxygen species such as free radicals and singlet oxygen which can damage and/or kill bacteria. This PhD project would test the hypothesis that light in combination with exogenous photosensitizers or endogenous bacterial photosensitizers can be used to kill bacteria associated with oral malodour and/or reduce the amount of volatile sulphur compounds (VSC) produced by such bacteria.
Person SpecificationÂ A good degree (equivalent to a UK BSc 2:1 or a BSc 2:2 with an MSc) in Biological Sciences, Microbiology, Chemistry or a related discipline.
Knowledge of microbiology or an area allied to microbiology and the ability to think logically, create solutions and make informed decisions are essential.
A full person specification can be found on the attached job description.
EligibilityÂ The post is only open to UK/EU citizens because of funding restrictions.
Applicants should download the application pack available from http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate-study/application-admission and submit a completed UCL Application Form for Admission as a Graduate Student in hard copy, along with a full CV, references, transcripts/confirmation of previous awards, UCL disability and ethnic monitoring form, and other relevant application materials (if applicable) to:
Ms Marianne Dang, Admissions Officer, UCL Eastman Dental Institute, 1st Floor, Victoria Wing, 256 Grayâs Inn Road, London, WC1X 8LD, UK.
Applicants should ensure that the reference number and studentship title are inserted in the âresearch subject areaâ box; failure to do this will prevent an application from being considered.
Closing DateÂ 30 Aug 2013
Latest time for the submission of applicationsÂ 12.00 noon
Interview dateÂ 9 September 2013
Studentship Start DateÂ 20 September 2013