PhD Studentship in “Nanomechanical Characterisation of Soft Biomimetic Materials”

A PhD Studentship in “Nanomechanical Characterisation of Soft Biomimetic Materials” is available in our lab in collaboration with Phil Jones at UCL Physics. The successful candidate will also be enrolled into the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Characterisation of Materials, and have the opportunity of a three-month placement with an academic partner. Apply here. Deadline for applications: 31 March 2019.

The project objective is to develop and utilise a suite of advanced analytical techniques, including optical tweezers and microfluidics, for characterising the (nano)mechanical properties of ‘soft’ biomimetic materials such as liposomes or biomembranes. The principal aims of this project are: to study the mechanical properties of biomimetic vesicles undergoing extreme deformations as a result of an applied external stress, e.g. optical, acoustic, or fluid shear forces; to study phase separation and rupture in artificial vesicles under external forcing; to use the result of the above studies to engineer membrane materials with properties optimised for applications including controlled drug release and microreactors.

During the project the student will acquire skills in microfluidics, microdevice fabrication, optics, modelling (including light scattering and transport phenomena), image analysis, and (micro)rheology.

The start date is 1 October 2019 (or sooner). The studentship will cover all university fees and includes funds for maintenance at the standard UK rate and for participation in international conferences and workshops. Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is open only to candidates who satisfy EPSRC eligibility requirements. This funding is for UK/EU nationals candidates. Please refer to the following website for eligibility criteria: http://cdt-acm.org/how-to-apply/general-information/.