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Marine Pollution and Antibiotic Resistance

Brunel University London (BUL) is recruiting to EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) PhD studentships effective 1 October 2020. Applications are invited for the following specific project called “Marine Pollution and Antibiotic Resistance”.  

Successful applicants will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £17,285 plus payment of their full-time home tuition fees for a period of 36 months (3 years). Applicants must be eligible for home tuition fees either through nationality, residency (living in the UK for at least three years and not wholly for educational purposes) or other connection to the UK. 

The successful applicants will join the internationally recognised researchers in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and the Institute of Environment, Health & Societies (IEH).  AMR bacterial infections are rising in seal populations, particularly those inhabiting polluted waters. Industrial chemicals and antibiotics bioaccumulate in marine food chains with highest levels in apex predators such as seals and humans. This project investigates relationships between persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in estuaries and development of resistant bacteria in estuarine food chains leading to seal mortality. As surrogates for humans, this study will contribute vital information to human as well as veterinary medicine.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate their ability to work independently and good problem solver, with an aptitude for learning new lab and field skills.

Please contact Dr Gera Troisi at gera.troisi@brunel.ac.uk for an informal discussion about the studentships.

This is a College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences: EPSRC Funded DTP PhD Studentship.


Applicants will have or be expected to receive a first or upper-second class honours degree in an Engineering, Computer Science, Design, Mathematics, Physics or a similar discipline. A Postgraduate Masters degree is not required but may be an advantage.   

Experience in immunoassays, PCR, microbiological cell culture, analytical chemistry or multivariate analysis is an advantage. In addition, applicants should be highly motivated, able to work in a team, collaborate with others and have good communication skills.

How to apply

Please submit your application documents (see list below) by Noon on Friday 26 June 2020 to cedps-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk. Interviews will take place in July 2020.

  • Your up-to-date CV;
  • Your personal statement (300 to 500 words) summarising your background, skills and experience;
  • Your Undergraduate/Postgraduate Masters degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of your English language skills to IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent, 6.0 in all sections), if appropriate;
  • Contact details for TWO referees, one of which can be an academic member of staff in the College.

Remember to state the title of the project at the top of your personal statement.