PhD Studentship in Targeting Intrinsic Mechanisms of Antibiotic Resistance in Bacterial Pathogens

University of Southampton School of Chemistry

PhD Studentship - Targeting intrinsic mechanisms of antibiotic resistance in bacterial pathogens

Chemical Biology, Diagnostics & Therapeutics

Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Saturday 30 January 2021
Reference:  1311220EB

Supervisory Team:    Prof. Peter Roach

 Project description

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is one of the most serious health threats globally and it is predicted that AMR bacteria will kill >10 million people by 2050.  Recent advances in understanding antibiotic resistance mechanisms have suggested a potential therapeutic approach to overcome intrinsic antibiotic resistance.  For this project, the successful candidate will combine biochemical, structural and microbiological studies, including characterisation of changes to the membranes of resistant bacteria, enzyme biochemistry, structural biology and inhibitor screening to better understand resistance mechanisms and to discover novel approaches to overcoming the threat of resistant bacteria. 

 The successful applicant will gain multidisciplinary expertise across the areas of chemical biology, biochemistry and microbiology, with opportunities for work placements in the collaborating laboratories at Public Health England and DSTL (both at Porton Down) respectively.  For this project, we are seeking an enthusiastic graduate with at least a 2:1 degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry or a related biological discipline.  The studentship is open to UK Nationals.

 If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Prof. Peter Roach, Chemical Biology, Therapeutics and Diagnostics group in Chemistry, Email: plr2@soton.ac.uk. Tel: +44 (0) 2380 595919

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry or a related biological discipline.

 Closing date: applications should be received no later than 30 January 2021 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

 Funding: full tuition fees for UK students plus for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £15,285 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years. 

 How To Apply

 Applications should be made online, please select the academic session 2021/22 “PhD Chemistry (Full time)” as the programme. Please enter Peter Roach under the proposed supervisor.

 Applications should include: 

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts to date

Apply online:

 For further information please contact: feps-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk 

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