PhD Studentship in Microbiology - De Montford University

Full-time PhD Studentship
Microbiology - Discrimination of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria
Faculty of Health & Life Sciences

Applications are invited for a fully funded three-year PhD studentship starting
in October 2008. The studentship includes a bursary of £12,600 per annum
(tax-free) for three years and all tuition fees.

Candidates should hold a good first degree (at least an Upper-Second Class or
equivalent) in a relevant subject area.

Project: Discrimination of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

The emergence of antibiotic resistance in hospital-acquired infections
represents a considerable burden to healthcare delivered globally. This research
project aims to develop proteomic approaches (including MALDI-TOF-MS) for
discrimination and characterisation of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Proteomic
techniques, such as two-dimensional gel electrophoresis, will be used to
identify biomarkers of antibacterial resistance on the surface of bacterial
isolates. Candidates should have a strong interest in bacteriology and molecular
biology. Laboratory based practical experience in microbiology, molecular
biology and proteomic techniques would be an advantage.

Applications are welcome from citizens from the EU and those with overseas
status as well as those from UK.

Candidates for whom English is not their first language should hold an English
qualification at least equivalent to IELTS 6.5.

Enquiries should in the first instance go to the Research Office, De Montfort
University, Leicester, LE1 9BH. Telephone: 0116 2506309. Web:

Closing Date: 25th July 2008

An application form may be downloaded from:


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