Postgraduate research & PhD opportunities

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Take a look at our postgraduate research and PhD opportunities we have on offer at the University of Strathclyde.

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Identifying chemical probes to characterise intrinsically disordered drug targets through novel ion mobility-based screening capabilities


Opens:4 February 2021

Ion mobility mass spectrometry will be used to characterise an intrinsically disordered protein that is involved in cancer. Screening methods will be developed to identify small molecules that affect the behaviour of the protein, to be used as chemical probes for its validation as a suitable drug target.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), Rest of UK

Subject

Chemistry, Pharmacy and biomedical sciences

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Accelerating the clinical introduction of novel antibiotic combinations effective against Gram-negative pathogens


Opens:6 January 2020

You will work under the supervision of Dr Fraser J Scott to investigate Strathclyde Minor Groove Binders in combination with existing antibiotics. Experimental work will involve in vitro susceptibility testing, toxicity testing, and mechanism of action studies on clinical isolates.

Fee status

Subject

Chemistry, Pharmacy and biomedical sciences

Mode of Study

Full Time, Part Time

Funding

Determination & behaviour of microplastics in terrestrial systems


Opens:2 March 2020

This PhD involves the development of analytical methods and their application to investigate the behaviour of microplastic pollutants in the environment. Laboratory and field studies will be used to assess the ability of microplastics to transport potentially toxic elements in terrestrial systems.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemistry

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Understanding How Cancer Cells Respond to Treatment Using Raman Spectroscopy


Opens:1 April 2020

This project will investigate Raman scattering and its variations (surface enhanced (SERS) and stimulated (SRS)) to assess cancer cells and tissue prior to and following treatment with conventional anticancer drugs and particularly new alternative drugs that have shown promise as anticancer agents.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemistry

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Biocatalytic Atom Transfer Radical Polymerizations


Opens:7 April 2020

Some enzymes catalyze atom transfer radical polymerizations (ATRP). They represent an environmentally friendly and non-toxic alternative to conventional catalysts. To unlock the potential of bioATRP, advanced polymerization techniques such as electrochemically mediated ATRP and flow chemistry will be investigated.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemistry

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Raman probes to determine cellular redox potential


Opens:7 April 2020

The discovery of new medicines to treat disease requires the identification, understanding and validation of biological pathways and targets. This project resides in the Healthcare technologies theme, aligning with the growth area of Chemical Biology and the areas of Analytical Science and Synthetic Organic Chemistry.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemistry, Pharmacy and biomedical sciences

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Equipment costs, Travel costs

Developing an ultrawide dynamic range analytical platform for biomarker panel analysis


Opens:1 June 2020

The aim of this project is to address the challenge of directly detecting disease biomarker panels in serum featuring target species whose relative concentrations span many orders of magnitude.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Biomedical engineering, Chemistry, Pharmacy and biomedical sciences

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Developing new treatments for leishmaniasis


Opens:29 March 2021

The prospective student will work with Dr Fraser Scott to develop new treatments for leishmaniasis using the novel class of anti-infective agents, Strathclyde Minor Groove Binders. This will involve a combination of synthetic chemistry, biophysical measurements and biological evaluation.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemistry, Pharmacy and biomedical sciences

Mode of Study

Full Time, Part Time

Funding

Investigation of the interactions between microplastics and potentially toxic elements in terrestrial environments


Opens:29 March 2021

This PhD project will investigate the chemical interactions between microplastics, soil/sediment, and potentially toxic elements (PTE) through laboratory and field experiments. It will involve aspects of analytical, physical and environmental chemistry.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemistry

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

New Metal-Catalysed Methods for C-H Activation Processes


Deadline:30 July 2021 Opens:29 April 2021

This project will explore new methods for directed meta-C-H activation to deliver complementary, flexible, and powerful methods to access a variety of pharmaceutically desired organic products and isotopically labelled late stage candidate-type molecules.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), Rest of UK, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemistry

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Equipment costs, Travel costs, Stipend

Tuned Iridium Catalysts to Deliver an Array of Synthetic Efficiency and Selectivity


Deadline:30 July 2021 Opens:29 April 2021

This project will specifically expand upon Professor Kerr’s iridium-based catalysts for application in a portfolio of important transformations in organic synthesis and of direct relevance to the pharmaceutical industry.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), Rest of UK, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Chemistry

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Equipment costs, Travel costs, Stipend

Dynamics of Self-Rewetting Droplets


Opens:2 March 2020

There is currently great interest in self-rewetting fluids whose surface tension exhibits a local minimum with temperature. The aim of the project is bring new insight into the understanding of these novel fluids, and hence to harness the properties of droplets of such fluids in a range of technological applications.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Mathematics and statistics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Graph representations


Opens:31 March 2020

Graph representations became crucial with the advent of the computer era for storing graphs in computer memory. However, graph representations, e.g. those involving patterns in words, are also useful in solving problems on graphs as they may allow transferring a graph problem to that on other objects hence solving it.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Mathematics and statistics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Uniform Distribution of Resources within a City


Opens:31 March 2020

To ensure that a person taking any route in a city has the same experience, e.g. seeing a city map, we need methods to cover the routes without over-deploying resources. We will use tools in Graph Theory and Combinatorics to optimally deploy resources across a city to have maximum effect on those navigating it.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Mathematics and statistics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Computational Fluid Dynamics of Liquid Crystals


Opens:6 April 2020

Liquid crystals are fluids that show local orientational order. The interplay between orientation and flow in these substances is very intricate and can lead to interesting macroscopic phenomena, many of which are not yet fully understood. This project will study such phenomena using mathematical and numerical models.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Mathematics and statistics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Monotone Grid Classes of Permutations


Opens:7 April 2020

The goal of this project is the exact enumeration of classes of permutations that can be plotted on monotone curves in grids. At present, an effective procedure is only known for so-called “skinny” classes. The general problem is challenging because permutations have multiple ways of being plotted on the curves.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Mathematics and statistics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Spectral biclustering


Opens:1 March 2020

Effective methods have been derived for dividing a network into coherent communities using spectral information obtained from the network. Biclustering has received far less attention. We will develop new methods and analysis for this problem, starting from recent work using a bistochastic representation of a network.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Mathematics and statistics

Mode of Study

Full Time, Part Time, Distance

Funding

Principal Permutation Classes


Opens:1 September 2020

The goal of this project is to explore fundamental structural questions concerning sets of permutations that avoid a single pattern. The study of these combinatorial objects was initiated by Donald Knuth in the 1960s when he investigated which permutations could be sorted by being passed through a stack.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Mathematics and statistics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Improving cybercrime reporting


Deadline:30 June 2021 Opens:17 March 2021

The aim of this interdisciplinary project is to understand the best mechanisms for victims of cybercrime to accurately and usefully report it, and to improve reporting rates. This will involve working with law enforcement data and officers, and with victims. A background in Computer Science or Criminology is required.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Computer and information sciences

Mode of Study

Full Time, Part Time, Distance

Funding

Studies of the interaction of intense laser pulses with plasma as ultra-compact accelerators, plasma-based laser amplifiers, and coherent and incoherent attosecond x-ray sources


Opens:1 January 2017

PhDs are available in an exciting and challenging research area, with a vibrant group of experimentalists and theoreticians developing and applying ultra-compact accelerators and x-ray sources based on laser-plasma interactions.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK

Subject

Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Microscopic mapping and spectroscopy of III-nitride semiconductors and devices


Opens:1 August 2017

This project involves different microscopic techniques to investigate semiconductor heterostructures and light-emitting diode devices, performed on our suite of scanning electron microscopes, providing information on material properties at length scales ranging from nanometres to centimetres.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Multiscale neural imaging - from synapse to whole organism


Opens:12 February 2018

Advances in microscopy allow imaging on scales ranging from single molecules to whole organism. This project involves developing a microscope that will allow images of whole invertebrates (likely C. Elegans nematode worms) be correlated with nanoscopic (super-reolution) images of sub-cellular regions within them.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK

Subject

Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Quantum properties of integrated frequency combs for applications in computing, communications and sensing


Deadline:30 July 2021 Opens:18 November 2020

This experimental project will investigate the quantum properties of the frequency combs generated via parametric processes in integrated platforms (waveguides and microresonators). The student will work on the generation, characterisation and applications of highly entangled cluster states.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), Rest of UK, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Theory and simulations of frequency combs in micro-ring resonators


Opens:1 April 2020

Modelling of laser light propagating in micro-ring resonators in collaboration with experiments performed at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen (Germany). Applications of these devices are in atomic clocks, quantum technologies, telecommunication, GPS and integrated photonic circuits.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time, Part Time

Funding

International fee, Home fee, Equipment costs, Travel costs, Stipend

Future Free Electron Laser light sources


Opens:6 April 2020

Free-Electron Lasers (FELs) use electron beams produced by particle accelerators to generate intense electromagnetic radiation from microwaves into the hard X-ray, which is of particular interest to a wide range of users. This project will look at developing new types of FEL output further enhancing their applications.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Photoconduction of wide bandgap semiconductor materials and devices


Opens:11 November 2020

Wide bandgap semiconductors are vital materials for applications in ultraviolet optoelectronic devices. The project will investigate the photoconduction properties of several wide bandgap semiconductors, with a particular focus on corundum phase alpha Gallium Oxide (α-Ga2O3).

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK, International, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time, Part Time

Funding

Quantum Enhanced Imaging with Micro-LED Ultrafast Electronic Visual Display Technology


Deadline:30 July 2021 Opens:9 December 2020

Micro-LED technology offers high-resolution displays with an unprecedented nanosecond time response. In this project, we will develop sophisticated pattern-projection systems based on custom micro-LED displays and explore their applications in quantum-enhanced imaging using single-photon detection.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), Rest of UK, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Photonic Technologies for Ultrafast Neuromorphic Information Processing


Deadline:30 July 2021 Opens:30 November 2020

This PhD project will develop neuromorphic (brain-like) photonic systems built from semiconductor lasers and other advanced optical components, capable of performing complex data processing tasks at ultrafast speeds, for use in Artificial Intelligence functionalities (e.g. image processing, pattern recognition).

Fee status

Home (Scottish), Rest of UK, The Channels Islands and Isle of Man

Subject

Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Industrial CASE PhD Studentship in Quantum devices based on silicon carbide transistors


Opens:21 January 2021

The development of quantum electronics in silicon carbide will be the main focus of this project. Through a balanced mix of academic and industrial research activities, the student will design, manufacture and test novel electronics relevant to the nascent fields of quantum computing and quantum sensing.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), Rest of UK

Subject

Physics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Travel costs, Stipend

Discovery and Applications of Novel Solid-State Structures: Water Bridge Salt Forms


Deadline:30 June 2021 Opens:8 March 2021

The project aims to improve our ability to identify and exploit crystalline hydrated salt forms that are in a unique solid-state arrangement known as a “water bridge” and be part of a dynamic research team working closely with industry partners and gain experience of experimental and modelling techniques.

Fee status

Subject

Pharmacy and biomedical sciences

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Machine learning methods for accelerated generative equipment design for new medicines


Deadline:30 September 2021 Opens:9 June 2021

Take advantage of recent machine learning frameworks to accelerate the solution of fluid flow problems. Therefore, shortening the design-test-build-refine methodology cycle and allowing for the generation of tailored manufacturing equipment designs.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), Rest of UK

Subject

Pharmacy and biomedical sciences

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend