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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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

New Iridium-based Catalysis Methods for C-C, C-N, and C-O Bond Formation


Deadline:31 August 2020 Opens:3 March 2020

This project will explore new methods of constructing C-C, C-N, and C-O bonds using emerging iridium catalysts in order to deliver a variety of pharmaceutically desired organic products. Computationally-based methods will also be used to drive catalyst design, mechanistic understanding, and reaction scope.

Fee status

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

Subject

Chemistry

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Determination and 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

New Iridium-based Catalysts for Atom Economical C-O and C-N Bond Formation


Deadline:31 August 2020 Opens:3 March 2020

This project will explore new methods of constructing C-O and C-N bonds with iridium-based catalysts. This programme aims to deliver atom economical access to a variety of pharmaceutically-relevant organic products, aided by computationally-driven methods to drive catalyst design and expansion of reaction scope.

Fee status

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

Subject

Chemistry

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

New Metal-mediated Cyclisation Methods for the Generation of Heteroatom Functionalised Polycyclic Systems


Deadline:31 August 2020 Opens:3 March 2020

This project will explore novel heteroatom-containing substrates in Pauson-Khand cyclisations to construct decorated cyclopentenone products for access to pharmaceutically-desired compounds and natural products. Computationally-based methods will also drive mechanistic understanding, reagent design, and reaction scope.

Fee status

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

Subject

Chemistry

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

Second generation nano-carriers for pancreatic cancer therapy


Deadline:31 March 2021 Opens:31 March 2020

In this project we would like to use established chemistry from our proof of concept studies in order to form a range of second generation particles exploiting combined therapies of laser released anticancer drugs for pancreatic cancer treatment.

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

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

Developing cooperative gas uptake in metal-organic polyhedra


Deadline:31 August 2020 Opens:7 April 2020

Improving the efficiency of chemical separations would reduce the impact of industry on the environment. We are looking for a highly motivated researcher to become a PhD candidate in our group and develop porous molecules that show unusual responses to gases, and therefore have potential use in gas separation.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU

Subject

Chemistry

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

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

Development of native ion mobility mass spectrometry methods to study PROTAC systems


Deadline:31 July 2020 Opens:1 June 2020

PROTACS and other protein degraders are emerging as promising drug candidates for cancer, but their complex binding modes (simultaneous binding of two proteins) makes them difficult to study. Native mass spectrometry methods will be developed to address this bottleneck in the development of degraders as novel drugs.

Fee status

Home (Scottish), EU, Rest of UK

Subject

Chemistry, Pharmacy and biomedical sciences

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, Stipend

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

Multidimensional Visibility Graphs and Submonolayer Deposition


Deadline:30 September 2020 Opens:6 July 2020

The project deals with VISIBILITY GRAPHS. It will involve numerical work as well as methods of network and graph theory, primarily spectral analysis of adjacency matrices and Laplacians of the visibility graphs, and centrality and communicability indices of these graphs.

Fee status

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

Subject

Mathematics and statistics

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Home fee, 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

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

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

Is there a universal mechanism for biological ammonium transport


Deadline:31 July 2020 Opens:14 February 2020

The vision of this PhD project is to establish whether there is a universal mechanism for biological ammonium transport. Beyond the elucidation of a central biological process, this work will have important medical implications, offering a mechanistic explanation to correlate Rh malfunction and associated diseases and

Fee status

Subject

Pharmacy and biomedical sciences

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding

Advances in medicine development using decracemisation by crystallisation to give single enantiomer drug molecules – facilitating the drug pipeline and production


Deadline:31 July 2020 Opens:21 February 2020

Drug development; Drug discovery; chiral synthesis, organic synthesis, decracemisation by crystallisation, Veidma Ripening, medicinal chemistry, single crystal X-ray crystallography, XRPD, HPLC, pharmaceutical analysis

Fee status

Subject

Pharmacy and biomedical sciences

Mode of Study

Full Time

Funding