The VALIDATE Network - Vaccine development for complex intracellular neglected pathogens
PhD Studentship 'A novel pulmonary fluid dynamic tool for early diagnosis of tuberculosis' - University of Brighton, 2020
Deadline for applications: 17 Jan 2020 13:00 (UK)
Project in brief
New methods to detect tuberculosis are desperately needed. We aim to develop a novel diagnostic tool that will quantify the extent of damage caused by tuberculosis in the lungs based on exhaled airflow characteristics. Our cross-disciplinary approach will combine engineering (Vogiatzaki), microbiology (Waddell) and medical imaging (Cercignani) expertise from across university schools to identify signatures of pulmonary lesions caused by tuberculosis. We will correlate tuberculosis disease with pulmonary airflow properties in a simple non-invasive manner using Pulmonary Fluid Dynamics, revolutionising the diagnosis of tuberculosis.
This is a three-year, full-time position, funded by the University of Brighton starting in April 2020. The funding will cover the university fees, and a PhD stipend at the UKRI rate, £15,009 pa for 2019/20.
Academic entry requirements
Applicants should have a minimum of a 2:1 undergraduate degree and desirably hold or expect to achieve excellent grades in a masters degree, in a relevant subject from a UK university or comparable qualifications from another recognised university.
Expertise required for this appointment include: a strong interest in computational science, code development and high performance computing. Desirable skills and expertise include understanding of at least one of the areas of computational fluid dynamics, microbiology, clinical imaging. In addition, the candidate should possess strong written and oral communication skills; a commitment to excellence and an ambition to succeed in work that can revolutionise medical product design. Since the project is highly interdisciplinary and involves work among different groups the candidates are expected to be able to work within specific deadlines.
Residential eligibility criteria
UK/EU students only.
English language entry requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must have successfully completed a Secure English language Test (SELT) in the last two years. Applicants who have obtained or are studying for a UK degree may apply without a SELT. However, the university may request a SELT is taken as part of any award made.
English language IELTS requirements: an overall score of 6.5 with 6.5 in reading and writing, 6.0 in listening and speaking.
If you have an English language qualification other than IELTS, please contact us to see if you are eligible to apply for a studentship. The UK Home Office will not accept TOEFL tests as proof of meeting the English language requirements.