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Lancaster University

Funded PhD in Environment Science - Active Bacterial Solutions
£16,000
Location Lancaster University
Starts Oct 2020
Deadline ASAP

Join our Funded PhD in Environment Science

We are recruiting candidates to work in our world-leading Environment Centre on a business sponsored PhD research project starting October 2020.

Location: Lancaster University

What you will be doing

Active Bacterial Solutions is a waste-water company interested in the production of non-pathogenic bacteria-based products for waste-water treatment and remediation. The company aims to provide biological solutions for in situ treatment, reducing environmental damage caused by existing chemical and mechanical methods.

Biotechnology harnesses the versatility of microbes for industrial processes, from beverage production to waste treatment. Nutritional research in microbes currently only considers the surroundings in terms of individual elements (such as carbon and nitrogen) whereas animal research looks at macromolecules (such as proteins and fats). Recent studies suggest that the concentration and ratio of macromolecules (nutritional geometry) in animal nutrition is crucial for optimal performance, but little is known about this field in microbes. Therefore, this project aims to adapt current knowledge in nutritional geometry to investigate the effects of nutrient ratios and concentrations on bacterial performance and to create a framework that could be applied to any bacteria-reliant industry.

The successful candidate will have a strong microbiological or biochemical background. They will have a capability or a strong interest in ecological principles and statistical analysis as well as experience working in a laboratory.

This PhD will be supervised by Professor Kenneth Wilson whose research looks at host-pathogen interactions and agro-ecology and is based at the Lancaster Environment Centre.

This project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is subject to confirmation of funding. REF LU-003.

Company benefits

• Get paid £1,455 per month tax-free until June 2023.

• Have your UK/EU tuition fees funded.

• Be supported by an academic and business team to ensure your research is a success.

• Be part of a cohort of talented graduates working on exciting business-led research.

• This research centre was declared ‘the outstanding knowledge exchange and commercialisation initiative in the UK’.

• Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK or overseas.

What you will have

  • You have: a 2:1 degree or above in Microbiology, Biochemistry or another relevant subject. 
  • You have: excellent English language skills.
  • You have: an interest in applied research to develop solutions to business, societal and environmental challenges.
  • You have: strong organisational and interpersonal skills.

Learn more about Lancaster University

We are Eco-I North West

We are recruiting candidates for a cohort of funded PhDs starting October 2020. You’ll be paid whilst earning a PhD from a world-class university, working closely with a business sponsor who is invested in your research project. We are seeking high quality candidates to our PhD programme delivered at Lancaster University and the University of Liverpool.

You’ll be paid whilst earning a PhD from a world-class university, working closely with a business sponsor who is invested in your research project. We are seeking high quality candidates to our PhD programme delivered at Lancaster University and the University of Liverpool. All of our projects are funded by a business partner and the European Regional Development Fund. PhD candidates will receive a tax free stipend each month and have UK/EU tuition fees funded.

All of our research projects are applied to real business challenges and lead to the development of innovative and low carbon products and services. Eco-I North West is a £14m innovation fund supporting business innovation across low carbon sectors.

Eco-I NW and Centre for Global Eco-Innovation research is led by business and covers all academic disciplines such as environmental science, engineering, chemistry, physics, computing & communications, management science, psychology, health & medicine.

You will benefit from a supportive team of academic supervisors, business contacts and university colleagues. We all want your project to be a success and will work together to support you from start to finish. Together, we can make a real difference to the world of business and overcome environmental challenges we face across the world today.

What we do

We are led by business research needs and all of our projects have come from a UK North West business. These are then linked with academic expertise at the universities of Lancaster and Liverpool before openly recruiting for a Graduate Researcher to deliver the research project – this could be you!

We are open to all business ideas, as long as they are innovative, exciting and lead to a carbon saving and environmental benefit.

Don’t take our word for it, here are some testimonials from our previous cohort.

Eco-I NW and the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

Join our multi award-winning team of like-minded researchers, academics and business professionals to undertake world leading research supporting the development of business products and services which meet the needs of our changing world. We work alongside businesses to create low carbon solutions to industry challenges, contributing to the achievement of sustainability goals and carbon reduction across sectors.

Our research is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.