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Applications are invited for a PhD studentship starting in October 2019 to work with Dr Gonçalo Bernardes on a project which will involve the design of peptide repertoires cyclised through stable bonds which will be formed through site-specific chemistry. The project involves peptide and bioorthogonal chemistry, phage-display and selection of relevant molecules, molecular and cellular assays.

The studentship is a 4-year BBSRC Industrial CASE award, co-funded by MedImmune, the biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca. The student will spend some time working within the company during their PhD.

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) the equivalent of a UK first class or upper second class honours degree (and preferably a Masters degree) in chemistry, biochemistry, or other relevant discipline. Applicants must be highly motivated and have a desire to work at the chemistry-biology interface; experience with bioconjugation and peptide chemistry would be particularly advantageous. Excellent organisational and interpersonal skills are required to ensure success in liaising with a large and diverse team, and with the industrial partner.

The studentship will provide a maintenance grant and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, and is available to UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements of the Research Councils. Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may be eligible for a fees-only award. Owing to funding restrictions imposed by the sponsor, non-EU citizens cannot be considered.

Applications must be made online via the University Applicant Portal (see Please note that there is an application fee. As part of your 'Statement of Research Interest' you must state that you are applying for the BBSRC Industrial CASE studentship with Dr Bernardes. All applicants will also be considered for other studentships available in the Department of Chemistry.

Information about research in the Department of Chemistry is given at:

Please quote reference MA16730 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Key Information

Department of Chemistry

Reference: MA16730

Dates and deadlines:

Tuesday, 11 September, 2018
Closing Date
Wednesday, 5 December, 2018