PhD studentships available in Nanomedicine and Scanning Probe Microscopy

Nanomedicine Ph.D. Scholarship Deakin University School of Medicine, Melbourne, Australia

Nanomedicine PhD scholarships are available at Deakin University School of Medicine, Melbourne, Australia.

Research project : Cancer Nanomedicine (developing RNA aptamers for targeted cancer chemo-/radio-therapy and molecular imaging).

Essential qualification : M.Sc./M.Sc. Tech./M.Tech. (only those with Master marks >88% should apply) plus ~ 2 years experience in CCMB,
IIS, IIT or IICT and with GATE >94%.

Demonstrated experience in molecular cloning, PCR-based mutagenesis, mammalian cell culture and/or recombinant protein expression or siRNA is essential. First-author publications are highly advantageous.

Complete details can be read at http://www.bioexcellence.org

SFI-Funded PhD Studentship Available in Scanning Probe Microscopy of Collagen

Funding is available for up to 4 years and includes a stipend of €15k per annum, plus EU registration fees.
Location: UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research, Dublin, Ireland

Qualification: Candidates should have or expect to obtain a first or upper second BSc (or equivalent) or MSc in Physics, Materials Science, Biology, or other relevant area. Funding is restricted to EU applicants only.

Collagen plays a key role in the correct formation of many tissues. The piezoelectric properties of collagen have been only recently measurable on the molecular, fibrillar, and tissue levels due to advances in scanning probe microscopy. Understanding the mechanism of piezoelectricity in collagenous matrices will address if piezoelectricity in collagen is responsible for the correct formation of tissues, thus providing key insights into exploiting the piezoelectric effect in collagen-based biomaterials for regenerative medicine and biomedical applications. The project will allow the role of electromechanical coupling in biological materials to be established. This interdisciplinary project will provide training in advanced ambient and liquid, structural and functional imaging using an atomic force microscope (AFM) and in biological sample preparation. The successful applicant will be involved in the further development of advanced scanning probe techniques and is expected to develop and publish their work and to present their work at national and international conferences. He/She will have access to state of the art AFMs, and will be expected to work closely with the Nanoscale Function Group of Prof. Suzi Jarvis. Travel opportunities to interact with collaborating researchers and industrial partners are also envisaged.

Contact Details: Highly motivated individuals with an interest in probing the physics of biological surfaces at the nanoscale should send a letter outlining why they are suitable for the post, along with a current CV including the contact details of two academic referees by email to:
Dr. Brian Rodriguez
Lecturer in Nanoscience
Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research
University College Dublin,
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Application Deadline: Sept. 8, 2010

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