We are pleased to announce a PhD studentship in a pioneering new EPSRC funded project: “Thinking Soils”. We are looking for highly motivated and talented Design Lead Researcher to join the team and take a leading role in a new field of Bio-Design by exploring the design potentials of living materials which respond to physical forces in their environment.
Imagine a column of sand saturated with billions of engineered bacteria cells. As a force is applied to the top of the column, bacteria in the sand detect an increase in pressure. The bacteria respond by synthesising a new biological material to bind the grains together and resist the load. The resulting structure would consist of a material where sand grains are only cemented where the forces through the material require. Our research proposes a proof of concept to show how we might design a manufacturing process where the material itself acts as manufacturer and designer, modelling and responding to its environment.
The initial pilot project attracted wide coverage across the scientific and popular media, including Science, The Times and Mail Online.
This three year studentship will develop new design concepts and will have an opportunity to work in a level two containment lab with genetically modified building prototypes and computational models.
We are looking for a highly motivated and adaptable PhD candidate to lead the Design aspects of the project. The appointee will join one of the UKs leading Synthetic Biology teams and be supervised across Architecture and Civil Engineering.
For more information of the research group and projects see our website:
Required for Application
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Knowledge (inc qualifications)
Skills (professional, technical, managerial, practical)
Value of award
£15,000 per year for 3 years. The scholarship is payable towards 100% of tuition fees, with the remainder awarded as living expenses.
20 October 2017
How to apply
You must send the following to Marian Kyte by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please quote reference code APL21 in the email heading.
You should also apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please click on the link ‘Create a new account’. Select ‘PhD School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape’ full time.