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University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England invites online Application for number of  Fully Funded PhD Degree at various Departments. We are providing a list of Fully Funded PhD Programs available at University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England.

Eligible candidate may Apply as soon as possible.

 

(01) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Air quality and health impact of primary semi-volatile and secondary particles and their abatement (AEROSOLS)

 The aim of this project is to (i) quantify volatile and semi-volatile emissions, abatement, and dynamics within the vehicle system under real-driving-emission test conditions, on roads and in labs, and (ii) characterising secondary aerosol formation and atmospheric evolution mechanisms employing various instrumental techniques and chemical modelling.

Deadline : 30 November 2023

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(02) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Using sedimentary ancient DNA (sedaDNA) to uncover the spatial extent of native food plants in pre-colonial Australia

To help achieve this, we are seeking a PhD student for project involving sedimentary ancient DNA (sedaDNA) analysis of lake sediments reaching back 12,000 years from Victoria, Australia. Samples will be taken from previously obtained cores, and additional genetic data will be obtained from herbarium specimens. It is expected that a mixture of targeted and metagenomic methods will be used. There are several daisy and grass species that are recorded as important for food, and the aim will be to test for signatures of selection, translocation, and changes in relative abundance. Metagenomic analysis may also be useful in detecting landscape change that could be associated with agriculture.

Deadline : 30 November 2023

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(03) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Understanding the sensory perception of topically applied products

The cosmetics industry relies on consumer’s   evaluation of their products to understand if they are desirable. However, little research exists systematically exploring relationships between sensory perception of tactile properties, consumer liking, emotional response and physical rheology. The aim of this PhD research is to investigate sensorial properties of topically applied skin creams in relation to their consumer liking, consumer emotional response and rheological properties. Predictive models will be generated from resulting data to inform industry regarding the practical feasibility of various formulations. The successful candidate will gain a multidisciplinary experience, learning aspects of sensory evaluation methodologies, product formulation and characterisation, consumer methods, emotional response evaluation and predictive modelling of emotional and sensory responses to stimulus. In addition, as part of the program, the student will be expected to participate in business skills and personal development training provided by the Boots Company.  A placement of a minimum of 3 months will also be provided, giving the student the opportunity to choose their own technical and/or business training from across a number of business areas including, claims, regulatory, packaging innovation and consumer insights.

Deadline : 11 November 2023

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(04) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Using AI to understand the role of the soil microbiome in carbon sequestration

This project will develop machine learning (ML) platforms to monitor, quantify and reveal the processes underlying soil carbon sequestration. This approach combines measurements of physical, chemical, and biological functional and evolutionary processes. Soil microbiome research focuses on determining which microbial taxa and functions facilitate carbon capture across a range of climatic conditions. There will be an analytical challenge to integrate datasets of different types, scales and modalities. These relate to the processing and integration of soil chemistry, soil structure (tomographic imaging data) and metagenomic profiling of soil microbiome across different environmental conditions and soil textures. The overall aim is to integrate disparate measurements of physical, chemical, and biological processes in soil to develop a generalizable predictive model of carbon sequestration.

Deadline : 06 November 2023

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(05) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Doping quantum radical metal-organic frameworks – DISCO MOF

The Cliffe group at the University of Nottingham are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and talented PhD student to join our research team on a 4 year PhD Scholarship. We are a materials chemistry group working at the University of Nottingham and our research focuses on exploring metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as quantum materials. We are particularly interested in developing methods to control and characterise disorder in MOFs to generate new and exotic magnetic and electronic behaviour. As a group, we work together to create an inclusive and supportive research environment for all members.

Deadline : 17 January 2024

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(06) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD role 2023/2024: Electrosynthesis

We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated PhD candidate to undertake a fully-funded 3-year PhD studentship in the area of organic electrosynthesis.  This exciting project stems from a collaboration between The Lubrizol Corporation and Prof. Prof Darren Walsh at the University of Nottingham. The project involves developing electrosynthetic processes for the production of consumer products. The successful candidate will systematically optimise cell and electrolyte parameters to improve reaction selectivity and conversion, with specific focus on substrate-electrode and electrode-electrolyte interactions. The student will be based in the School of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham, with regular meetings, visits and the option of a secondment with the industrial partner.

Deadline : 10 January 2024

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(07) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Development of Organic Batteries

We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated and enthusiastic PhD student to work with our organic battery team and with our industrial collaborators. The candidate will work within the Nottingham Applied Materials and Interfaces Group (www.thenamilab.com) at the University of Nottingham. Our research focuses on understanding the chemistry that underpins advanced energy systems and how this knowledge can be used to unlock a new generation of energy storage technologies for electrification of the automotive sector. The target is to enable alternative, sustainable technologies that can supersede the lithium-ion battery and the group maintains active research programmes in lithium-ion batteries, magnesium batteries, lithium-air batteries and lithium-sulfur batteries. Our approach to address these challenges spans synthetic chemistry, electrochemistry and device development and is delivered in collaboration with leading stakeholders in the energy storage sector. 

Deadline : 05 December 2023

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(08) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: EPSRC Supported EngD: ZERO CARBON – Solar forecasting and future sustainable power systems (fully-funded PhD studentships)

The contribution of PV energy to the electricity generation mix continues to grow. Installed capacity in the UK in 2020 was 13.4 GW and is expected to increase to 40 GW by 2030. Accelerating the adoption of solar energy will present significant challenges to the electricity transmission and distribution system, as solar power is not dispatchable and therefore its incorporation as a major element of the generation mix requires the accurate prediction of solar energy production.

Deadline : 31 March 2024

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(09) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Liquid Hydrogen for Aviation, CFD/AI Modelling

Applications are invited to undertake a PhD programme, in partnership with Airbus, to address key challenges in supporting the adoption of green liquid hydrogen for aviation use. The successful candidate will be based in the Mechanical and Aerospace Systems research group (previously known as G2TRC) within the faculty of Engineering and will be part of a supportive team of 50 researchers, technicians, support staff and academics.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated person with a rigorous approach to research. Applicants should have, or be expected to gain a high 2:1, preferably a 1st class honours degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering or a related degree. A good knowledge and/or experience in fluid mechanics with a keen interest in thermodynamics/thermal management is essential, as is the ability to work well in a team. Prior experience in the areas of CFD or AI approaches for Thermofluids or in cryogenic fluids would be an advantage.

Deadline : 01 February 2024

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(10) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Reliability characterisation and modelling of gallium nitride devices for power electronics converters

Applicants are invited to undertake a 3-year PhD programme to tackle the challenge of reliability characterisation and modelling of gallium nitride devices for power electronics converters. A comprehensive GaN transistor reliability data covering a wide power range, temperature and operation time will be produced, and a model to predict GaN transistor reliability and lifetime will be developed. It will benefit power electronics researchers to design and control next generation power converters with improved efficiency and reliability. The research will take place at the Power Electronics and Machines Centre, home of the Power Electronics, Machines and Control research group of the University of Nottingham. Excellent candidates will be eligible for partial or full scholarship (stipend and fees).

Deadline : 17 January 2024

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(11) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Electric Technologies for Net Zero Aviation

Applications are invited for the above multiple research studentships to join the Power Electronics, Machines and Drives Research Group at the University of Nottingham.  The PEMC group has undergone a significant period of growth and now has over 150 members, with 18 academics (including 7 full professors) and approximately 120 PhD students and post-doctoral research fellows.  The group has excellent facilities for experimental work including approximately 2500m2 of research space and a construction and testing capability up to 5MW.

Deadline : 16 January 2024

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(12) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD studentship: Increasing railway resilience through analysing railway faults and disruptions

The proposed project will be based on simulation and analysis of disruption scenarios on the network, which will be used to analyse the effects of these disruptions, depending on their location, passenger numbers affected, frequency and severity of consequences. Vulnerable parts of the network will be identified and analysed in terms of different threat types. This type of analysis can be used to evaluate current operation and maintenance standards and their effectiveness for reducing overall railways system risk and improving resilience to threats. In addition, an optimisation framework can be developed in order to propose best response strategies when threats occur. 

Deadline : 31 December 2023

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(13) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: MTC sponsored PhD Studentship in Cold Spray as a High Throughput Additive Manufacturing Process

This project aims at assessing the capabilities and limitations of CSAM in processing speciality materials. Such materials have exceptional performance properties that make them suitable for demanding applications in sectors, such as aerospace, civil nuclear and defence. Their properties, on the other hand, make them challenging to process by CSAM, which requires careful assessment and control of feedstock properties, process window and thermal post-treatment. This project will therefore assess the viability of processing speciality materials using CSAM.

Deadline : 15 December 2023

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(14) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Research Opportunity: Ultrasonically-assisted materials processing to support sustainable power electronics

Applicants are invited to contribute to this exciting area of research through a 3-year PhD project which holistically explores and characterises processes of ultrasonically-induced plasticity and discovers how these can be harnessed beyond currently accepted limits to facilitate sustainable welding and sintering. Research will involve the correlative use of advanced materials and mechanical characterisation modalities to map material change both spatially, temporally and the interactions between these three-dimensionally. State-of-the-art equipment available in the Power Electronics Machines Centre and Nanoscale and Microscale Research Centre at Nottingham will be made use of. This is an exciting opportunity to play a role in developing new theories of understanding and predictions of reliability.

Deadline : 15 December 2023

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(15) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD studentship: Future-Proofing Offshore Wind-Hydrogen Systems: A Holistic Assessment Ensuring Safety, Environmental Responsibility, and Economic Viability Throughout the Lifecycle

The growing frequency of devastating floods, wildfires, and heatwaves across the world alerts us that we are running out of time to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Offshore wind has been identified as the most scalable of the UK’s bulk renewable technologies and will be a key part of the UK’s energy mix to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels and mitigate the impact of climate change. However, since wind energy is an intermittent source, it poses a challenge as to how to effectively utilise it. Energy storage technologies have become one of the main fields of study to exploit and utilise renewable resources as much as possible. Among various energy storage systems (ESSs), green hydrogen produced by electrolysis using electricity from renewable energy is seen as a critical enabler of the global transition to sustainable energy and net zero emissions economies. Wind-generated green hydrogen has great potential to provide a long-term energy storage alternative to match temporary and geographical energy demand and supply from clean sources. However, with the deployment of offshore wind farms further away from the coast, if we want to use wind energy to produce hydrogen, how to ensure its safety and minimise environmental impact during production, storage, and transportation of hydrogen while maximising its economic return has become an unavoidable issue.

Deadline : 15 December 2023

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(16) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Self-Organising Energy Systems

The aim of this project is to design an energy system, inspired by biological complex systems, that exhibits similar self-organising, resilient and adaptive behaviour. By capitalising on real-time data from system components and the surrounding environment delivered via a “digital spine”, such a nature-inspired energy system would seamlessly adapt to new and changing loads, high penetrations of intermittent renewable energy, and accessible storage that may be variable and mobile in the form of electric vehicles. It would exploit synergies between energy vectors and rapidly self-organise to adjust to abrupt changes caused by extreme events that will inevitably increase in frequency as our climate continues to change.

Deadline : 05 December 2023

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(17) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: 3-year PhD studentship: Functional Devices and Structures through 3D Multi-material Printing Scale-Up

In this PhD studentship, you will develop the materials, methods, and designs necessary to 3D-print never-before created devices. You will investigate how to control the 3D distribution of differing functional materials, aiming to create graded properties, graded chemistries, and 3D-integrated components. In this role, you will develop new engineering solutions only possible through multi-material additive manufacturing. You will have access to the equipment and expertise of the Centre for Additive Manufacturing (CfAM), one of the largest 3D printing research groups in the world. Here, you will take advantage of unique leading-edge multi-material inkjet 3D printing equipment, only available at CfAM, which will open new opportunities to scale up your research of designs and materials.

Deadline : 30 November 2023

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(18) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Opportunity: Critical Metal Recovery from Wastes using Bioleaching and Electrodialysis

This PhD project aims to develop an efficient and environmentally friendly method for recovering critical metals from various waste streams. Critical metals, such as cobalt, lithium, and rare earth elements, are essential for modern technologies, including electric vehicles, renewable energy systems, and electronics. However, their extraction from primary sources poses significant environmental challenges. This project will explore the potential of bioleaching and electrodialysis, two emerging technologies, to selectively extract and recover these valuable metals from different waste materials.

Deadline : 30 November 2023

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(19) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship Opportunity in Smart Sustainable Batteries for Reliability, Repairability & Recyclability (S2B3R)

An opportunity is available for a PhD student to go back to the drawing board and completely re-envision the way a standard Electric Vehicle (EV) battery pack is designed and manufactured. The focus in the past five years has radically shifted towards significant emphasis on sustainability and recyclability. Other key performance metrics for an EV battery are energy density (how many kWh per kg or litre of battery pack) and charging rate (how quickly can the battery be charged up). 

Deadline : 30 November 2023

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(20) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: 3-year PhD studentship: 3D printing of low dimensional materials for sensing

The ideal candidate will have a passion for research and an interest in using 3D printing, chemistry, materials science, or materials engineering to create innovative products. They will have a background in engineering, physics or chemistry, but also be willing to learn and explore other disciplines, as required to meet the project goals. The studentship is an exciting research collaboration between supervisors based within the Centre for Additive Manufacturing (https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/cfam/) and the Optics and Photonics Group (https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/optics-and-photonics-research-group/index.aspx). The project will be part of an EPSRC Programme Grant: Dialling Up Performance for On Demand Manufacturing led by Professor Ricky Wildman and Dr. Lyudmila Turyanska and a Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship in Emerging Technologies, held by Professor Melissa Mather and will have access to state of the art laboratories and be part of a wide multi-institution and multidisciplinary team. The University of Nottingham facilitates access to a range of networking and training opportunities in addition to the above, including our Researcher Academy and the successful candidate will benefit from alignment with other programmes such as those provided by the Quantum Technology Sensing and Timing Hub, which our groups are members of.

Deadline : 26 November 2023

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(21) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship- Rolls Royce sponsored PhD scholarship – Machining of new aerospace materials

Applications are invited to undertake a 3 year PhD programme in partnership with industry to address key challenges in manufacturing engineering. The successful candidate will be based at the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Manufacturing Technology and On-Wing Technology at The University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus. Having state-of-the-art facilities, the Rolls-Royce UTC at University of Nottingham offers a world-class environment for carrying out high impact research projects. 

Deadline : 11 November 2023

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(22) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Microstructural and surface integrity in machining of specialist composite materials for next generation aero-engine applications

The project will seek an understanding of the microstructural changes during machining of anisotropic, heterogeneous and semi-brittle composite materials for high temperature applications used in the latest generations of civil and military aero-engines. This will involve using performance monitoring techniques during the machining such as dynamometers, high-speed imaging systems, accelerometers and acoustic emissions sensors that are complemented by advanced material characterisation techniques such as Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), 3D optical profilometry and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD).

Deadline :  11 November 2023

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(23) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Rolls Royce sponsored PhD scholarship – Micromechanics and in-depth materials analysis of advanced aerospace materials upon the manufacturing process

Applications are invited to undertake a 3 year PhD programme in partnership with industry to address key challenges in on-platform manufacturing engineering. The successful candidate will be based at the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Manufacturing Technology and On-Wing Technology (https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/utc/index.aspx ) at the University of Nottingham. Having state-of-the-art purpose built facilities, the UTC offers a world-class environment for the realisation of high impact research projects. 

Deadline : 11 November 2023

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(24) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Rolls-Royce sponsored PhD scholarship – Computer vision and robot control for performing on-wing repair of aero-engines

Applicants are invited to undertake a 3 year PhD programme in partnership with industry to address key challenges in on-platform manufacturing engineering. The successful candidate will be based at The Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Manufacturing and On-Wing Technology at University of Nottingham.

Deadline : 11 November 2023

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(25) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Rolls-Royce sponsored PhD scholarship – Design and simulation of stiffness-adjustable robotic systems for performing on-wing repair of aero-engines

Applicants are invited to undertake a 3 year PhD programme in partnership with industry to address key challenges in on-platform manufacturing engineering. The successful candidate will be based at The Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Manufacturing and On-Wing Technology at University of Nottingham.

This project is in relation to the technical needs of Rolls-Royce to develop automatic and hybrid tooling solutions to enable in-situ/on-wing repair and maintenance of gas turbine engines.

At the Rolls-Royce UTC at University of Nottingham we have developed robotic systems capable to navigate into crammed/hazardous environments, and perform inspection and active operations such as machining. This is driven by the need to complete repair tasks without disassembly of industrial installations.

Deadline :  11 November 2023

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(26) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Rolls-Royce sponsored PhD scholarship – Laser Beam Processing of Aerospace Materials

The project will deal with study of a new laser processing method to enable in-situ surface treatment and repair of safety critical rotating parts and further understand the correlation between surface quality, metallurgical characteristics and functional performance of the components and the key process parameters. The project will deal with design of special process setups, testing its working principles and performances followed by assessment of the part quality; this will involve development of laser beam processing on specific aerospace materials, and model to understand the fundamental  mechanisms of the process to identify optimal operating conditions and followed by surface analysis techniques (e.g. Scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction for residual stress measurements, Electron Back-Scattered Diffraction and Transmission Electron Microscopy).

Deadline : 11 November 2023

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(27) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Rolls-Royce sponsored PhD scholarship – Mechatronics system for hybrid manufacturing processing

Applicants are invited to undertake a 3 year PhD program in partnership with industry to address key challenges in on-platform manufacturing engineering. The successful candidate will be based at The Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC) in Manufacturing and On-Wing Technology at University of Nottingham.

Deadline :  11 November 2023

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(28) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: An immune-instructive synthetic mucus for inflammatory bowel disease immunotherapy

In this PhD project we plan to use self-assembling immunomodulatory peptides to develop a synthetic mucus that can be used to promote local pro-healing and anti-inflammatory immune responses on the GI mucosal surface without the use of drugs. We envisions that this new immune- instructive synthetic mucus can be co-assembled with and integrated to the patient’s own natural mucus to modulate inflammatory responses in IBD. The project builds on supervisors’ experience in co-assembling peptide amphiphiles (PAs) with proteins and biofluids to design biomaterials (Mata), immune-instructive materials for immune-modulation (Ghaemmaghami) and clinical management of IBD (Moran). 

Deadline : 01 December 2023

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(29) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Targeting the sweet tooth to curb population-wide sugar intake

This project aims to understand how differences in the ability to digest sugar, impacts how we taste, and perceive, sweet foods and whether we can target this pathway to curb sugar intake at the population level. The student will lead a multidisciplinary project including recruit-by-genotype, and/or pharmacological studies in humans, where they will acquire skills in sensory sciences, and functional neuroimaging to understand how we sense, and taste sweet foods, and the impact on reward signalling in the brain. Alongside this, the student will gain expertise in G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) biology, signalling assays and advanced imaging as they seek to understand how genetic variants and pharmacology impact taste-receptor signalling. Finally, the student will gain experience with high-throughput screening of putative therapeutic compounds testing their efficacy at inhibiting key enzymes and signalling pathways involved in sugar metabolism and taste.

Deadline : 31 January 2024

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(30) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Magnetic resonance imaging of intrabdominal lymphatics and vasculature in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

The lymphatic system forms a vital part of the immune system as well providing a network to transport lipids and regulate interstitial fluid levels. Non-invasive measures of lymph node activity through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could provide novel markers of local inflammatory activity. Active inflammatory bowel disease is radiologically manifested as hypervascularity of the mesentery, including vascular dilation and wide spacing of the vasa recta. We have previously developed an algorithm to track the intrabdominal vessels on a 3D maximum intensity projection of a Time of Flight-Magnetic Resonance Angiography (TOF-MRA) scan and calculate the number of branching points in the intrabdominal vessels (arborization). We have shown a significant increase in vessel arborisation in patients with active Crohn’s disease when compared to healthy controls.

Deadline : 31 December 2023

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(31) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: UK validation of the iTICQ (Impact of Tinnitus in Children Questionnaire), a new clinical questionnaire measure of tinnitus in children

Tinnitus (commonly described as ringing in the ears) is a condition where sound is heard in the ears or head without any external sound source, i.e., a subjective phenomenon. It is thought to affect approximately 5% of children in the UK. Tinnitus can negatively impact physical, cognitive, and emotional health, and disrupt daily life for these children. Our lab recently developed the 36-item ‘Impact of Tinnitus in Children Questionnaire’ (iTICQ). This is the first clinical questionnaire to be developed to measure the overall impact of tinnitus on children. The next important step for this questionnaire is to evaluate its psychometric properties to ensure it provides a reliable measure of individual differences in tinnitus impact, and that it is responsive to changes in tinnitus impact over time or after treatment.  

The aim of the PhD project is to evaluate the validity and reliability of the iTICQ to measure the impact of tinnitus in children and changes in tinnitus impact. This project will require large scale data collection across multiple settings and platforms, and interrogation of the data using a range of advanced statistical techniques to evaluate the psychometric properties of the iTICQ. 

Deadline : 14 December 2023

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(32) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Identifying drivers, biomarkers and mechanisms leading to exacerbation in adult asthma

Exacerbations are a major cause of morbidity and mortality, particularly in children with asthma taking maximal treatment.  These events account for over 90,000 UK hospital admissions and are fatal in nearly 1500 people per year. Despite the importance of exacerbations leading to loss of asthma control and potential fatality, they remain poorly defined and understood. This is particularly true at the molecular and cellular level where there is a paucity of information regarding alterations in the levels and functions of genes and pathways in the periphery and airways that may predispose individuals to exacerbation or that may change during an exacerbation ultimately driving pathology. It has been established that viral infection of the airways is a major driver of asthma exacerbation, particularly rhinoviruses (RV) however exacerbations can occur in the absence of virus. 

This studentship aims to significantly shift our understanding of the triggers, mechanisms and biomarkers associated with exacerbation in asthma and importantly identify the effect of current biological therapy on these biomarkers providing further insight into drivers of exacerbation and why some patients may not respond to current therapy.

Deadline : 01 December 2023

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(33) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: What is important to people living with dementia and hearing loss? Development of a Core Outcome Set for co-existing dementia and hearing loss research.

The primary goal of this PhD is to identify the most important outcomes to measure in clinical trials of treatments for co-existing dementia and hearing loss. Hearing loss is common amongst people living with dementia and can considerably impair their quality of life. It can also impede the diagnosis and management of dementia. Furthermore, hearing loss is a key risk factor for the development of dementia. Consequently, it is important to conduct trials of interventions for co-existing dementia and hearing loss. To do so, we must first decide which outcomes (e.g., communication, social engagement, carer wellbeing) to measure in these trials. However, the outcomes that are most valued by stakeholders (e.g., people living with dementia and/or hearing loss, carers, clinicians) are unknown.

Deadline : 24 November 2023

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(34) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Investigating the molecular mechanisms underpinning acute myeloid leukaemia

The aim of this PhD is to combine multimodal imaging and advanced proteomics to dissect the molecular causes of AML and map the first spatio-temporal “interactome” of key mutant proteins, known to be associated with AML etiology and progression. This will be performed in both established cultured cell lines, but also verified using patient samples. 

One of the outcomes will be the identification of novel candidates with therapeutic potential, a selection of which will be further characterised during the PhD. 

The combination of state-of-the-art tools, important biological questions and access to patient samples mean that this exciting project is likely to have lasting impact in this area.

In this project the student will become expert in high-resolution live imaging microscopy, advanced proteomics, bioinformatics and genetic engineering. Training will be received onsite or via attendance at world-leading training workshops. It is expected that the student will communicate their findings to both the general public and scientific community via national and international conferences. 

Deadline :  15 November 2023

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(35) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Cognitive Flexibility in Dynamic Decision-Making: Unravelling Neurobehavioral Strategies

A growing need in the field of Behavioural Neuroscience is to enhance the analysis of decision-making behaviour across various species within dynamic environments. Conventional approaches, such as the psychometric curve, assume a stable environment and the use of a fixed strategy to solve a task, often averaging across multiple subjects.

However, it is crucial to characterise individual variations and variability across trials to comprehend how behaviour changes in uncertain and evolving environments. This project will create new, powerful machine-learning approaches to tracking an individual’s decision-making behaviour in an uncertain and changing world. 

Deadline : 30 November 2023

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(36) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Mapping sensory brain circuit integration with ultra-high field MRI

The successful candidate will conduct impactful research into the neuronal/brain circuits integrating visual and tactile sensory information. You will explore how plastic changes to these circuits can be induced through illusory interventions (based in virtual reality), with application for pain relief in hand-osteoarthritis (OA). Altering the visually perceived shape of deformed limbs in OA patients has shown analgesic effects (Preston et al., 2020). However, the mechanisms underlying the pain relief effect are not understood.

Deadline :  30 November 2023

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(37) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: Novel subsurface Raman microscopy technologies to enable the development of next-generation drug and implant therapies

In this project, the student will develop various approaches to allow deep Raman spectroscopy. These approaches will rely on computer modelling of light propagation in tissue (finite element analysis) to understand how to deliver and collect efficiently light from the desired region of interest into tissue. This information will then be used to design and build optimised instruments, which will then be used to carry out experiments. The project will explore the use of spatial light modulators and implantable wireless optoelectronic components to maximise the penetration depth, spatial resolution and sensitivity to the required molecular markers. The new technologies will push the boundary towards “in-vivo laboratory”, with a long-term vision to of understanding human physiology in health and disease, enabling the development of novel biomaterials and improved treatments.   

Deadline : 05 December 2023

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(38) PhD Degree – Fully Funded

PhD position summary/title: PhD Studentship: The Science of Chocolate: Material Properties and Oral Processing of Cocoa-based Foods

We invite applications for a fully-funded PhD position that aims to push the boundaries of our understanding of one of the most wondrous food product: chocolate. To make chocolate products healthier, sustainable and affordable, this project focuses on investigating the effect of particle materials properties on the oral processing of oil-based formulations and how this impacts sensory perception of the cocoa-based products. Particle properties play critical role in quality, nutrition and sensory attributes of a broad spectrum of oil-based foods, including chocolate. By exploring the mechanisms of particle interaction with oral surfaces, the project aims to develop the in-depth biophysical understanding of fundamental processes occurring during food transformations during oral processing. The project takes an interdisciplinary approach, harnessing cutting-edge techniques from the fields of biomolecular characterization, biomaterials and sensory science. By integrating expertise from diverse disciplines, this project has the potential to drive innovation and foster knowledge exchange in the field of sustainable foods. This exciting collaboration brings together a cross-disciplinary team from the Faculty of Biosciences at the University of Nottingham(1) and Mondelēz(2), a world-leading food company renowned for its global brands, including UK’s favourite Cadbury chocolates. If you are a motivated and passionate individual with a background in food science, chemical and/or material science/engineering, or related fields, and are eager to make a significant contribution to the field of sustainable foods, we encourage you to apply. PhD candidates joining this project will benefit from state-of-the-art research facilities, such as Biofluidic Microscopy and Tip-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy, as well as a wide range of advanced techniques in material processing, sensory sciences and biochemistry. The Candidates will also benefit from expert supervision and the opportunity to engage with industry partners to translate their research findings into real-world impact.1. Food Structure and Biomaterials Research, School of Biosciences: nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/food-structure-and-biomaterials2. Mondelēz: mondelezinternational.com

Deadline : 30 November 2023

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About The University of Nottingham, Nottingham, England –Official Website

The University of Nottingham is a public research university in Nottingham, England. It was founded as University College Nottingham in 1881, and was granted a royal charter in 1948. The University of Nottingham belongs to the research intensive Russell Group association.

Nottingham’s main campus (University Park) with Jubilee Campus and teaching hospital (Queen’s Medical Centre) are located within the City of Nottingham, with a number of smaller campuses and sites elsewhere in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Outside the UK, the university has campuses in Semenyih, Malaysia, and Ningbo, China. Nottingham is organised into five constituent faculties, within which there are more than 50 schools, departments, institutes and research centres. Nottingham has more than 46,000 students and 7,000 staff across the UK, China and Malaysia and had an income of £792.2 million in 2021–22, of which £131.4 million was from research grants and contracts. The institution’s alumni have been awarded one Nobel Prize, a Fields Medal, and a Gabor Medal and Prize. The university is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, the European University Association, the Russell Group, Universitas 21, Universities UK, the Virgo Consortium, and participates in the Sutton Trust Summer School programme as a member of the Sutton 30.

 

 

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