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PhD studentship in Chemical Engineering - Brunel University London

Sustainable production of high-value compounds using cyanobacteria

Dr Dale McClure
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

About the Project

Applications are invited for our EPSRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) PhD studentships that will support six (6) research projects starting 1 October 2022. One of these projects is “Sustainable production of high-value compounds using cyanobacteria ” led by Dr Dale McClure in the Department of Chemical Engineering. 

There is an increasing need for sustainable production technologies that can produce essential compounds in a sustainable fashion. This project will explore the use of cyanobacteria as a way of producing valuable compounds for the food, cosmetic and nutraceutical industries in a carbon neutral or carbon negative fashion. Different species will be evaluated, with the most promising being selected for scale-up and further evaluation.


Experience working with microorganisms in a laboratory environment would be highly valued. Skills in extraction and analytical chemistry would also be desired. You should be a highly motivated individual and possess a strong sense of curiosity. The ability to study independently, think critically and collaborate with others is essential.


How to Apply

Email the documents below as a single PDF file to cedps-studentships@brunel.ac.uk by 16:00 on Wednesday 25 May 2022.  Please state the name of the project supervisor in your email.

·      Your up-to-date CV;

·      Your 300-word personal statement setting out why you are suitable for this position;

·      Your Undergraduate/Postgraduate Masters degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);

·      Your English Language qualification of IELTS 6.5 overall or equivalent, if applicable;

·      Two references, one of which can be provided by a member of Brunel University academic staff.

Interviews will take place in June 2022.  

Funding Notes

Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £18,062 including outer London allowance plus payment of their full-time tuition fees for a period of 42 months (3.5 years).
You should be eligible for home (UK) tuition fees but there is a limited number of studentships (no more than two) available to overseas applicants, including EU nationals, who meet the entry criteria.

You will have or will receive an undergraduate degree classified at 1st class or 2:1 (honours) in biotechnology, chemical engineering or a related discipline. A postgraduate masters degree may be an advantage. Where appropriate, applicants must have English language proficiency to an overall score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. Also visit and do mention the official site.

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