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Aston University PhD Positions for UK-EU Students

  • Aston University PhD Positions for UK-EU Students


Price : Free
Date : décembre 24, 2019
Location : Aston University Birmingham B4 7ET UK

Aston University is a long-established research-led university. It recognised for its world-class teaching quality and a secure connection to businesses and professions.

Why at Aston University? AU is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, known recently by a prestigious Silver Award to EAS. At Auston, they pride themselves on their vibrant, friendly and supportive working environment and atmosphere.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2020.

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: Aston University
  • Department: NA
  • Course Level: PhD
  • Award: Home/EU tuition fees and a monthly maintenance allowance
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Number of Awards: NA
  • Nationality: International
  • Awards can take in the United Kingdom


  • Eligible Countries: All nationalities are eligible for the program
  • Acceptable Course or Subjects:
  • Admissible Criteria: Candidates must check all the following criteria:
  • EU/UK candidates are eligible
  • BSc or MSc qualification in Biochemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Environmental Sciences or equivalent
  • Experience in experimental work, intermediate use of Microsoft Office and use of statistical analysis tools
  • Skill requirements in one or more of the following disciplines are preferred: knowledge/experience fermentation technology, microbiology, bioanalytical techniques and nanotechnologies.
  • knowledge in bioreactors, fermentation technology or genetic engineering is an asset

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: If you are interested in a PhD project at Aston University, read the guidance notes and complete the application form.
  • Supporting Documents: Certified Copies of qualifications gained, e.g. for Postgraduate this will be degree certificate and transcripts, English Language test certificate (if appropriate) like IELTS/TOEFL, Research proposal, Passport scan, A copy of sponsor letter if proper/available, Copies of any other supporting documentation which may use to help support your application
  • Entry Requirements: Must have BSc or MSc qualification in Biochemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Environmental Sciences or equivalent as well as Knowledge of aseptic techniques, microbiology and bioanalytical techniques
  • Language Requirement: English Language (Overall min score of 6.5 IELTS). A minimum requirement can found here.


  • The PhD position is a funded 3-year PhD studentship that includes fee support to cover the standard Home/EU tuition fees rate. Scholars will also get a monthly maintenance allowance.
  • The position is accessible to start in April, July or October 2020 (subject to negotiation).
  • The positive candidate will join an established experimental group working on the production of functional and biologically synthesised materials for healthcare and biotechnological applications.

Other Information:

  • The application should indicate the title of the offered research topic as well as the name of the primary supervisor (Dr Alfred Fernandez-Castane).
  • Applications should provide a research proposal describing your intended research methods and plan, supported by an appropriate literature review on the selected topic.
  • The applicants should also demonstrate how their knowledge and experience will benefit the project.
  • Candidates are encouraged to contact Dr Alfred Fernandez-Castane by email before applying [email protected]
  • References:
  1. Fernandez-Castane, A. & Clarke-Bland, C. (2019) Unveiling magnetosome biomineralization in Magnetotactic Bacteria, Biochemist, 41, 4, p. 58-59.
  2. Fernandez-Castane, A., Li, H., Thomas, O. R. T. & Overton, T. W. (2018) Development of a simple intensified fermentation strategy for growth of Magnetospirillum gryphiswaldense MSR-1: Physiological responses to changing environmental conditions. New Biotechnol 46, p. 22-30
  3. Fernandez-Castane, A., Li, H., Thomas, O. R. T. & Overton, T. W. (2017) Flow cytometry as a rapid analytical tool to determine physiological responses to changing O2 and iron concentration by Magnetospirillum gryphiswaldense strain MSR-1. Sci Rep, 7.

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