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  •  Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

     Title How do we move around our world? Perception and action in typically developing individuals and/or individuals with Developmental Coordination Disorder

    This is a 3 year Full Time PhD project 

    Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants only ---- (who must be permanently resident in UK/EU) 

    Closing date: Tuesday 22 November 2016 (12 midnight UK time) 

    Interview date: Thursday 8 December 2016 

    Start Date: 23rd January 2017 

    Value p.a.: Bursary of £14,296 ( pro rata as January 2017 start) for Academic Year 2016/17 & fees 


    Requirements: 
    Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification in psychology, movement/sport science, kinesiology or other relevant discipline 

    EU Applicants additional requirement for English language 
    A valid IELTS Academic test certificate minimum score level 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking with overall minimum score 7.0 issued since 23rd April 2015 by an approved test centre. 

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/491093/2016-01-11_-Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_-_Website.pdf 

    Exceptionally we are prepared to consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability. 

    Project 
    The ability to successfully navigate the environment is vital in everyday life but this actually requires very complex computations. Whether we can squeeze through a gap or step over a puddle depends on us knowing how big we are and what we are capable of. If we are carrying something or are pregnant we have to adjust our perception of body size and change our movements accordingly. In recent work we have focused on judgements and movement adaptations regarding fitting through a gap (Wilmut and Barnett, 2010; 2011) and how our perception of what we might do can be different from what we actually do when faced with a narrow gap (Wilmut, Du and Barnett, 2015, watch Kate Wilmut talking about this study here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SABXFrAJtF8). 

    Part of our work in this area has focused on individuals with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD, sometimes referred to as Dyspraxia in the UK). Individuals with DCD are characterised by poor motor coordination which cannot be accounted for by a physical, neurological or intellectual impairment. Although many studies have focused on the identification of specific deficits in DCD, there remains a poor understanding of the exact nature of the perceptual-motor control and coordination difficulties. Anecdotal evidence would tell us that these individuals have a tendency to bump into objects but there is not a good explanation for this. We have been exploring the idea that these individuals have a poor mismatch between how they perceive the environment, their body size and their movement capabilities. 

    A PhD in this area could directly follow on from the work we have recently completed, for example making a comparison between static and dynamic visual information for judgements and/or considering a mediating factor such as confidence. A project such as this could either be carried out in children/adults with DCD or, if preferred, could focus on a typically developing population. Due to the nature of this research motion capture equipment will be used to track and measure movement. In this research project, the successful applicant will be expected to design, run and analyse experimental data exploring perceptual-motor control and coordination in one of these areas. 

    Any successful applicant will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching per week during semesters without further remuneration. This may include supporting the teaching of statistics. You will also be expected to participate in a course to develop your teaching skills. 

    For further information contact Dr Kate Wilmut: e-mail address k.wilmut@brookes.ac.uk 

    Application Information 


    Please complete the Application Form, which you can download from 
    http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc 

    Additionally you should enclose a CV and a Research Proposal (max 2000 words) plus scanned copy of degree certificates and transcripts and two academic references, plus if appropriate a scanned copy of a valid IELTS test score certificate. 

    Please refer to guidance notes that accompany the downloadable application form. 

    Applications only accepted by email to the following address: hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk 


    The successful applicant will be subject to a DBS search once they enrol. In view of checking procedures they will be required to exhibit a current passport plus other original documentation to enable a search to be undertaken. Costs involved in undertaking the DBS check will be covered by the University. Find more information on DBS 
    https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service/about


    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

     

    Title of the project: Early Evolution of Gene Duplicates

    Supervisors: Dr. Maria Daniela Santos Nunes and Dr. Saad Arif

    This is a competitive 3 year Full Time PhD project

    Eligibility: Only open to UK/EU applicants (who must be permanently resident in UK/EU)

    Closing date: 16th December 2016 (12 midnight UK time)

    Start date: 18th September 2017

    Bursary: £14296 pa for academic year 2017/18 & fees

    Requirements

    Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification.

    EU Applicants additional requirement for English language
    A valid IELTS Academic test certificate minimum score level 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking with overall minimum score 7.0 issued since 23rd April 2015 by an approved test centre.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/491093/2016-01-11_-Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_-_Website.pdf

    We are prepared to consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

     

    Description of project:

    Gene duplication is a major evolutionary mechanism leading to novel gene function and phenotypic diversity. However, very little is known about the period shortly after the duplication event. Molecular evolution studies suggest that gene dosage is an important contributory factor in determining whether new duplicates become fixed or not. However, in metazoans this evidence is largely based on statistical inference based on extant population data.

    In this project, we aim to test the effect of gene dosage on the fate of new gene duplicates in an experimental framework using Drosophila melanogaster.

    The research project student will generate tandem gene duplications, deletions and non-functional mutants using the CRISPR/Cas9 system and other transgenic tools to target both genes likely to result in genes with dosage-sensitive functions as well as genes that are expected to display less sensitivity to dosage. The effect of the newly generated transgenic alleles will be measured by conducting fitness assays and functional genomics to quantify transcription (qPCR, RNAseq) and enhancer interactions (4C-seq).

    As part of their Studentship, any successful applicant will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching/demonstrating a week during semesters on undergraduate practicals without further remuneration. Training will be given.

    Contact details for informal enquiries:

    Dr. Saad Arif

    sarif@brookes.ac.uk

    Dr. Maria Daniela Santos Nunes

    msantos-nunes@brookes.ac.uk

     

    How to apply

    Download application from
    http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc

    Include with your application a CV and scanned copy of your degree certificates and transcripts plus two signed academic references. Additionally if appropriate an IELTS Academic test certificate from an approved test centre.

     

    Applications only accepted by e-mail hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk

     


    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

    Title of the project: Body plan and germ cell formation in butterflies

    Supervisor: Dr Casper J. Breuker

    This is a competitive 3 year Full Time PhD project

    Eligibility: Only open to UK/EU applicants (who must be permanently resident in UK/EU) 

    Closing date: 16th December 2016 (12 midnight UK time)

    Start date: 18th September 2017

    Bursary: £14296 pa for academic year 2017/18 & fees

    Requirements

    Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification.

    EU Applicants additional requirement for English language
    A valid IELTS Academic test certificate minimum score level 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking with overall minimum score 7.0 issued since 23rd April 2015 by an approved test centre.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/491093/2016-01-11_-Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_-_Website.pdf

    We are prepared to consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

     Description of project:

    Using butterflies as a model, this project will investigate how the germ line is established with regards to the main body axes (in particular dorsal-ventral), and the significance of maternal regulation therein. Lepidopteran primordial germ cells develop in a midventral position and in the germ disk after blastoderm formation, but it is not yet clear whether a maternally specified germ plasm is involved. Investigating the developmental mechanisms underpinning the formation and differentiation of the germ line will enable us to elucidate the evolutionary diversity of butterfly female reproductive strategies. Techniques used in this project will include transcriptomics, qPCR, cloning, in-situ hybridisations and antibody staining. We have recently successfully developed CRISP/Cas9 for our main model species, the Speckled Wood butterfly Pararge aegeria, allowing us to functionally test key developmental genes and experimentally manipulate female reproductive strategies and body plan formation. Collaborators: Siegfried Roth (University of Cologne) and Melanie Gibbs (CEH, Wallingford).

    As part of their Studentship, any successful applicant will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching/demonstrating a week during semesters on undergraduate practicals without further remuneration. Training will be given.

    Contact person: Dr Casper J. Breuker (cbreuker@brookes.ac.uk)

    How to apply

    Download application from
    http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc

    Include with your application a CV and scanned copy of your degree certificates and transcripts plus two signed academic references. Additionally if appropriate an IELTS Academic test certificate from an approved test centre.

     Applications only accepted by e-mail hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk

     


    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

    Title of the project: The role of exosomal membrane transporters in radiation exposure: implications in diagnosis and therapy.

    Supervisor: Professor Munira Kadhim 

    This is a competitive 3 year Full Time PhD project

    Eligibility: Only open to UK/EU applicants (who must be permanently resident in UK/EU) 

    Closing date: 16th December 2016 (12 midnight UK time)

    Start date: 18th September 2017

    Bursary: £14296 pa for academic year 2017/18 & fees

    Requirements

    Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification.

    EU Applicants additional requirement for English language
    A valid IELTS Academic test certificate minimum score level 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking with overall minimum score 7.0 issued since 23rd April 2015 by an approved test centre.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/491093/2016-01-11_-Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_-_Website.pdf

    We are prepared to consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

    Description of project:

    All cells release membrane-bound extracellular vesicles (‘exosomes’) containing a diverse array of compounds including membrane transporter proteins MTPs. Cancer cell exosomes are more concentrated and larger than from normal tissue they also express different MTPs compared to native tissue; for example increased expression of multi-drug resistance (efflux) transport proteins cause resistance to radio- and chemo-therapy. This project will investigate exosomes in a range of cancer cells, including the effects of irradiation on MTP expression on cell and exosome membranes.

    Using a range of techniques, including RT-PCR, qPCR, transmission election microscopy, immunogold labelling, exosome isolation, western blotting & functional analysis we aim to address:

    -       Exosome MTP signature in different cell lines

    -       Does radiation alter this signature

    -       Does hypoxia modulate any response observed

    -       Do exosomal MTPs carry prognostic/diagnostic potential

    Ultimately, the knowledge gained from this project will offer insight into mechanisms of radio/chemo-resistant tumours.

    As part of their Studentship, any successful applicant will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching/demonstrating a week during semesters on undergraduate practicals without further remuneration. Training will be given.

    For further information please contact: Munira Kadhim (mkadhim@brookes.ac.uk)

    How to apply

    Download application from
    http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc

    Include with your application a CV and scanned copy of your degree certificates and transcripts plus two signed academic references. Additionally if appropriate an IELTS Academic test certificate from an approved test centre.

     Applications only accepted by e-mail hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

     

    Title of the project: Basal body duplication and inheritance

    Supervisor: Dr Sue Vaughan

    This is a competitive 3 year Full Time PhD project

    Eligibility: Only open to UK/EU applicants (who must be permanently resident in UK/EU)

    Closing date: 16th December 2016 (12 midnight UK time)

    Start date: 18th September 2017

    Bursary: £14296 pa for academic year 2017/18 & fees

    Requirements

    Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification.

    EU Applicants additional requirement for English language
    A valid IELTS Academic test certificate minimum score level 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking with overall minimum score 7.0 issued since 23rd April 2015 by an approved test centre.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/491093/2016-01-11_-Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_-_Website.pdf

    We are prepared to consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

     

    Description of project:

    Cila and flagella are essential for motility and signalling in many eukaryotic organisms and there are several genetic human syndromes (e.g. Bardet-Biedel, Joubert) have been linked to malfunctions in cilia and flagella. Motility is essential for some protozoan parasites and contributes to their pathogenicity such as for Trypanosoma brucei which is the causative organism of African sleeping sickness. Flagella assemble from basal bodies and we use novel 3D microscopy techniques to study basal body duplication and flagella assembly in this parasite. In this project we will use cellular electron tomography and serial block face scanning electron microscopy (SBF-SEM) to study the role of genes involved in basal body inheritance. We will also use a combination of molecular tools including inducible knockdown by RNAi to study the function of novel genes that were identified from a tagging screen. This project will allow the student to use a wide range of cutting edge imaging and molecular techniques whilst researching an important biological question.

    Vaughan S, Gull K (2016). Basal body structure and cell cycle-dependent biogenesis in Trypanosoma brucei. Cilia. 2016 Feb 8;5:5. doi: 10.1186/s13630-016-0023-7

    As part of their Studentship, any successful applicant will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching/demonstrating a week during semesters on undergraduate practicals without further remuneration. Training will be given.

    Informal Enquiries: Dr Sue Vaughan, Group Leader - Trypanosome Cell Biology, +44(0) 1865-483254

    e-mail  svaughan@brookes.ac.uk

    How to apply

    Download application from
    http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc

    Include with your application a CV and scanned copy of your degree certificates and transcripts plus two signed academic references. Additionally if appropriate an IELTS Academic test certificate from an approved test centre.

     

    Applications only accepted by e-mail hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk

     

     

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

     Title of the project: How do transcription factors promote RNA polymerase pausing?

    Supervisor: Dr Barbara Jennings

    This is a competitive 3 year Full Time PhD project

    Eligibility: Only open to UK/EU applicants (who must be permanently resident in UK/EU)

    Closing date: 16th December 2016 (12 midnight UK time)

    Start date: 18th September 2017

    Bursary: £14296 pa for academic year 2017/18 & fees

    Requirements

    Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification.

    EU Applicants additional requirement for English language
    A valid IELTS Academic test certificate minimum score level 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking with overall minimum score 7.0 issued since 23rd April 2015 by an approved test centre.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/491093/2016-01-11_-Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_-_Website.pdf

    We are prepared to consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

    Description of project:

    Failure of correct gene regulation during foetal development usually results in death or severe congenital defects, and in adult life leads to disease including cancer. Transcription factors play a critical role in controlling gene expression during development and disease. We have recently established that the Drosophila Groucho protein, which is conserved in humans and acts as a co-factor for many different transcription factors, inhibits transcription elongation by promoting RNA polymerase pausing shortly after transcription initiation (Kaul et al., PLOS Genetics. 2014. 10(8):e1004595). The aim of this project is to determine the molecular mechanisms that the Groucho co-repressor protein uses to regulate RNA polymerase activity. The central questions are: Which factors are involved? How do these factors interact with each other and RNA polymerase? The experimental approach will include a broad variety of techniques including molecular biology, Drosophila genetics, immunohistochemistry, light and confocal microscopy to investigate Groucho function in regulating transcription elongation.

    As part of their Studentship, any successful applicant will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching/demonstrating a week during semesters on undergraduate practicals without further remuneration. Training will be given.

    Informal enquiries to Dr Barbara Jennings:  bjennings@brookes.ac.uk

    How to apply

    Download application from
    http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc

    Include with your application a CV and scanned copy of your degree certificates and transcripts plus two signed academic references. Additionally if appropriate an IELTS Academic test certificate from an approved test centre.

     

    Applications only accepted by e-mail hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

     

    Title of the project: The Role of Endogenous Retroviruses in Cancer

    Supervisor: Dr Ravinder Kanda

    This is a competitive 3 year Full Time PhD project

    Eligibility: Only open to UK/EU applicants (who must be permanently resident in UK/EU)

    Closing date: 16th December 2016 (12 midnight UK time)

    Start date: 18th September 2017

    Bursary: £14296 pa for academic year 2017/18 & fees

    Requirements

    Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification.

    EU Applicants additional requirement for English language
    A valid IELTS Academic test certificate minimum score level 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking with overall minimum score 7.0 issued since 23rd April 2015 by an approved test centre.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/491093/2016-01-11_-Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_-_Website.pdf

    We are prepared to consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

    Description of project:

    During the progression of cancer, genome regulation is disrupted leading to prolific cell replication, with a loss of control over genome transcription and expression. There are many different factors that can contribute to the progression of cancer and this project aims to investigate the role of endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) in this process. ERVs are remnants of past retroviral infections, present in the genomes of most vertebrates, and comprising ~8% of the human genome. This project will be investigating their activity in a number of different types of cancer, analyzing data from numerous cancer genomes and transcriptomes.

    This project would suit an enthusiastic, curious biologist/geneticist with a strong interest in evolution. This is a computationally based project and bioinformatics skills would be advantageous, but full training will be provided.

    As part of their Studentship, any successful applicant will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching/demonstrating a week during semesters on undergraduate practicals without further remuneration. Training will be given.

    For further details please contact Dr Ravinder Kanda (rkanda@brookes.ac.uk)

    How to apply

    Download application from
    http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc

    Include with your application a CV and scanned copy of your degree certificates and transcripts plus two signed academic references. Additionally if appropriate an IELTS Academic test certificate from an approved test centre.

     Applications only accepted by e-mail hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk

     

     

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

    Title of the project: Investigate exercise blood proteins involved in muscle cell development and their benefits in cancer therapy

    Supervisor: Dr Ryan Pink

    This is a competitive 3 year Full Time PhD project

    Eligibility: Only open to UK/EU applicants (who must be permanently resident in UK/EU)

    Closing date: 16th December 2016 (12 midnight UK time)

    Start date: 18th September 2017

    Bursary: £14296 pa for academic year 2017/18 & fees

    Requirements

    Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification.

    EU Applicants additional requirement for English language
    A valid IELTS Academic test certificate minimum score level 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking with overall minimum score 7.0 issued since 23rd April 2015 by an approved test centre.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/491093/2016-01-11_-Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_-_Website.pdf

    We are prepared to consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

     Description of project:

    There is overwhelming evidence that exercise intervention has a beneficial effect on muscle structure and function, reducing age-related frailty, improving wellbeing and independence. However, the molecular mechanisms are not fully understood. In previous work we have shown that proteins released into the blood following exercise can induce molecular changes in muscle cells and other stem cells in the body. The aim of this project is to investigate the molecular mechanisms by which the proteins released following exercise affect the function of stem cells. We will also explore whether manipulating the release of these proteins could have potential benefits in cancer therapy.  The candidate will be trained in primary/secondary/stem cell models, live confocal microscopy, cell biology, general molecular biology, gene and protein manipulation and sequencing analysis.

    As part of their Studentship, any successful applicant will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching/demonstrating a week during semesters on undergraduate practicals without further remuneration. Training will be given.

    Contact: Dr Ryan Pink rpink@brookes.ac.uk

    How to apply

    Download application from
    http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc

    Include with your application a CV and scanned copy of your degree certificates and transcripts plus two signed academic references. Additionally if appropriate an IELTS Academic test certificate from an approved test centre.

     

    Applications only accepted by e-mail hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

     Title of the project: Mechanisms of cardiac growth induced by leptin exposure before birth

    Supervisor: Dr Alison Forhead

    This is a competitive 3 year Full Time PhD project

    Eligibility: Only open to UK/EU applicants (who must be permanently resident in UK/EU)

    Closing date: 16th December 2016 (12 midnight UK time)

    Start date: 18th September 2017

    Bursary: £14296 pa for academic year 2017/18 & fees

    Requirements

    Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification.

    EU Applicants additional requirement for English language
    A valid IELTS Academic test certificate minimum score level 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking with overall minimum score 7.0 issued since 23rd April 2015 by an approved test centre.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/491093/2016-01-11_-Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_-_Website.pdf

    We are prepared to consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

     Description of project:

    Growth and development of the fetal heart is regulated by hormones, with implications for cardiovascular health in adulthood.  In a fetal sheep model, this project will elucidate the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which leptin influences cardiac growth and development before birth.  The project will investigate 1) the effect of intrauterine leptin exposure in vivo on differentiation and growth-signalling pathways in the ovine fetal heart, and 2) the effect of leptin exposure in vitro on proliferation and morphology of isolated ovine fetal cardiomyocytes.  Expression of specific genes and proteins will be determined by qRT-PCR and Western blotting, and fetal cardiomyocyte proliferation and morphology will be examined in vitro in collaboration with colleagues in the USA.  The findings will contribute to the understanding of cardiovascular dysfunction in the offspring of mothers diabetic during pregnancy, who are exposed to high leptin levels before birth.

    As part of their Studentship, any successful applicant will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching/demonstrating a week during semesters on undergraduate practicals without further remuneration. Training will be given.

    Contact person: Dr Alison Forhead (aforhead@brookes.ac.uk)

    How to apply

    Download application from
    http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc

    Include with your application a CV and scanned copy of your degree certificates and transcripts plus two signed academic references. Additionally if appropriate an IELTS Academic test certificate from an approved test centre.

     Applications only accepted by e-mail hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

     Title of the project: The Genetics of Developmental Eye Anomalies in Humans

    Supervisor: Professor Nicola Ragge

    This is a competitive 3 year Full Time PhD project

    Eligibility: Only open to UK/EU applicants (who must be permanently resident in UK/EU)

    Closing date: 16th December 2016 (12 midnight UK time)

    Start date: 18th September 2017

    Bursary: £14296 pa for academic year 2017/18 & fees

    Requirements

    Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification.

    EU Applicants additional requirement for English language
    A valid IELTS Academic test certificate minimum score level 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking with overall minimum score 7.0 issued since 23rd April 2015 by an approved test centre.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/491093/2016-01-11_-Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_-_Website.pdf

    We are prepared to consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

     Description of project:

    Anophthalmia (absent eye), microphthalmia (small eye) and coloboma (gap in the eye structures) are devastating eye anomalies that together affect ~1 in 3-4,000 families worldwide and cause 25% childhood blindness. They caused by genetic alterations in a large network of genes that direct human eye development. This project aims to identify and characterise new genes and pathways responsible for human eye development. This will involve NextGen sequencing and candidate gene approaches in the largest cohort of UK patients, combined with subsequent functional studies, including in situ hybridisation. The study provides an excellent opportunity to combine basic research into the mechanisms underlying human eye development with translation into clinical genetic testing.  The student will join a multidisciplinary team of researchers, clinicians and clinical scientists and will also have the opportunity to collaborate with teams working with zebrafish and drosophila models and publish to high impact journals.

    As part of their Studentship, any successful applicant will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching/demonstrating a week during semesters on undergraduate practicals without further remuneration. Training will be given.

    For informal enquiries about the research project only please contact Professor Nicola Ragge (nragge@brookes.ac.uk).

    How to apply

    Download application from
    http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc

    Include with your application a CV and scanned copy of your degree certificates and transcripts plus two signed academic references. Additionally if appropriate an IELTS Academic test certificate from an approved test centre.

     

    Applications only accepted by e-mail hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk

     


     

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

    Title of the project:Steroid and bile acid metabolism in the pathogenesis of hepatocellular carcinoma

    Supervisor: Dr Laura Gathercole

    This is a competitive 3 year Full Time PhD project

    Eligibility: Only open to UK/EU applicants (who must be permanently resident in UK/EU) 
    Closing date: 16th December 2016 (12 midnight UK time) 
    Start date: 18th September 2017 

    Bursary: £14296 pa for academic year 2017/18 & fees

    Requirements

    Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification.

    EU Applicants additional requirement for English language
    A valid IELTS Academic test certificate minimum score level 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking with overall minimum score 7.0 issued since 23rd April 2015 by an approved test centre.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/491093/2016-01-11_-Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_-_Website.pdf

    We are prepared to consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

    Description of project:

    Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the world’s leading causes of cancer death. It is a disease of chronic inflammation with more than 90% of cases arising in the context of inflammatory liver diseases such as viral hepatitis, alcoholic liver disease and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

    Steroid hormones and bile acids impact on several processes that are crucial in the pathogenesis of HCC: histone modification and DNA methylation, transcriptional regulation of tumour-suppressor and oncogenes, cell cycling and proliferation, and apoptosis.

    We have preliminary data showing that hepatic steroid hormone and bile acid metabolism is disrupted in patients with inflammatory liver disease and HCC. This project will use cell biology and molecular techniques to test the hypothesis that the expression and activity of steroid A-ring reductases are regulated by inflammatory stimuli, and that this leads to altered steroid and bile acid levels, thereby promoting carcinogenesis.

    As part of their Studentship, any successful applicant will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching/demonstrating a week during semesters on undergraduate practicals without further remuneration. Training will be given.

    For informal enquiries contact Dr Laura Gathercole (laura.gathercole@ocdem.ox.ac.uk).

    How to apply

    Download application from
    http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc

    Include with your application a CV and scanned copy of your degree certificates and transcripts plus two signed academic references. Additionally if appropriate an IELTS Academic test certificate from an approved test centre.

    Applications only accepted by e-mail hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk

                               

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

    Title of the project: The role of exosomes and miRNAs in mediating drug resistance in cancer cells

    Supervisor: Dr Dave Carter

    This is a competitive 3 year Full Time PhD project

    Eligibility: Only open to UK/EU applicants (who must be permanently resident in UK/EU)

    Closing date: 16th December 2016 (12 midnight UK time)

    Start date: 18th September 2017

    Bursary: £14296 pa for academic year 2017/18 & fees

    Requirements

    Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification.

    EU Applicants additional requirement for English language
    A valid IELTS Academic test certificate minimum score level 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking with overall minimum score 7.0 issued since 23rd April 2015 by an approved test centre.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/491093/2016-01-11_-Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_-_Website.pdf

    We are prepared to consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

    Description of project:

    Ovarian cancer tends to become resistant to chemotherapeutic drugs such as cisplatin, leading to a low five-year survival rate. Understanding the mechanisms of drug resistance is therefore important to prolong effective treatment. We have found a role for exosomes and miRNAs in mediating resistance. Exosomes are small vesicles carrying proteins, mRNAs and miRNAs. They can be released by one cell and then taken up by another cell, leading to the transfer of cargo and functional effects in the recipient cells. We have shown that exosomes released by cancer cells that are resistant to chemotherapeutic drugs can induce resistance when taken up by sensitive cells. In this project we will utilise a variety of approaches to study the molecular mechanisms by which exosomes are able to induce resistance. The project will therefore give new insight into the mechanisms of drug resistance in ovarian cancer. We are looking for enthusiastic students with some experience in molecular or cell biology; training in all of the rest will be provided! 

    As part of their Studentship, any successful applicant will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching/demonstrating a week during semesters on undergraduate practicals without further remuneration. Training will be given.

    Contact: Dr Dave Carter (dcarter@brookes.ac.uk)

    How to apply

    Download application from
    http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc

    Include with your application a CV and scanned copy of your degree certificates and transcripts plus two signed academic references. Additionally if appropriate an IELTS Academic test certificate from an approved test centre.

    Applications only accepted by e-mail hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk

     


    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

     Title of the project: Functional characterisation of mid-SUN proteins in plants

    Supervisor: Dr Katja Graumann

    This is a competitive 3 year Full Time PhD project

    Eligibility: Only open to UK/EU applicants (who must be permanently resident in UK/EU) 
    Closing date: 16th December 2016 (12 midnight UK time)

    Start date: 18th September 2017

    Bursary: £14296 pa for academic year 2017/18 & fees

    Requirements

    Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification.

    EU Applicants additional requirement for English language
    A valid IELTS Academic test certificate minimum score level 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking with overall minimum score 7.0 issued since 23rd April 2015 by an approved test centre.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/491093/2016-01-11_-Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_-_Website.pdf

    We are prepared to consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

    Description of project:

    This project is an exciting opportunity for someone with an interest in plant cell biology. Research in my laboratory is focussed on the composition and function of the nucleo-cytoskeletal bridging complexes that span the nuclear envelope. One key component of these complexes are Sad1/UNC84 (SUN) proteins, which face the nuclear interior and interact with chromatin and nucleoskeletal components. Our initial investigations of the plant mid-SUN proteins have raised several questions and this project is a great opportunity to make an impact in this field. Specifically, this project will lead to a first in-depth characterisation of the structure and function of mid-SUN proteins in any kingdom as well as a first functional characterisation of nuclear-envelope – chromatin interactions in plants at the molecular level, including genes and how their expression is affected by nuclear envelope components. Methods employed will include high resolution live cell confocal imaging, chromatin immunoprecipitation, molecular and biochemical methods.

    As part of their Studentship, any successful applicant will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching/demonstrating a week during semesters on undergraduate practicals without further remuneration. Training will be given.

    For further information about the project only please contact Dr Katja Graumann: kgraumann@brookes.ac.uk

    How to apply

    Download application from
    http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc

    Include with your application a CV and scanned copy of your degree certificates and transcripts plus two signed academic references. Additionally if appropriate an IELTS Academic test certificate from an approved test centre.

    Applications only accepted by e-mail hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk

     


    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

     Title of project: Structural basis of SAC signaling

    Supervisor: Dr Victor Bolanos-Garcia

    This is a competitive 3 year Full Time PhD project

    Eligibility: Only open to UK/EU applicants (who must be permanently resident in UK/EU)

    Closing date: 16th December 2016 (12 midnight UK time)

    Start date: 18th September 2017

    Bursary: £14296 pa for academic year 2017/18 & fees

    Requirements

    Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification.

    EU Applicants additional requirement for English language
    A valid IELTS Academic test certificate minimum score level 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking with overall minimum score 7.0 issued since 23rd April 2015 by an approved test centre.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/491093/2016-01-11_-Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_-_Website.pdf

    We are prepared to consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

     Description of project:

    This project involves a multidisciplinary approach to the uncovering and the functional and structural characterisation of protein-protein interactions of the signalling system that ensures the accurate and timely segregation of the genetic material in higher organisms. The project will foster skills in protein biochemistry, protein biophysics, cell biology and X-ray protein crystallography methods and involves extensive collaboration with research teams at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, the Imperial College London and with overseas collaborators in Canada and France.

    The appointed individual will have the opportunity to train undergraduate students in state-of-the-art molecular biology, biochemical and biophysical techniques and to regularly disseminate her/his work at national and international meetings.

    As part of their Studentship, any successful applicant will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching/demonstrating a week during semesters on undergraduate practicals without further remuneration. Training will be given.

    For further information, please contact Dr Victor Bolanos-Garcia (vbolanos-garcia@brookes.ac.uk).

    How to apply

    Download application from
    http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc

    Include with your application a CV and scanned copy of your degree certificates and transcripts plus two signed academic references. Additionally if appropriate an IELTS Academic test certificate from an approved test centre.

     

    Applications only accepted by e-mail hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk

     

     


     

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

     Title of project: Structural and functional studies of the plant Golgi apparatus

    Supervisors: Dr Anne Osterrieder and Dr John Runions

    This is a competitive 3 year Full Time PhD project

    Eligibility: Only open to UK/EU applicants (who must be permanently resident in UK/EU)

    Closing date: 16th December 2016 (12 midnight UK time)

    Start date: 18th September 2017

    Bursary: £14296 pa for academic year 2017/18 & fees

    Requirements

    Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants should have a first class or upper second class (minimum 2.1) honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or an acceptable equivalent qualification.

    EU Applicants additional requirement for English language
    A valid IELTS Academic test certificate minimum score level 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking with overall minimum score 7.0 issued since 23rd April 2015 by an approved test centre.

    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/491093/2016-01-11_-Approved_Secure_English_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_-_Website.pdf

    We are prepared to consider alternative acceptable evidence of English Language ability.

     Description of project:

    Golgins are proteins that are associated with the Golgi apparatus and contain long rope-like coiled-coil domains. These domains reach into the cytoplasm and are able to tether to vesicles, membranes or other proteins. Mammalian golgins play a role in the regulation of Golgi biogenesis and protein transport to and from the Golgi stack, but many functions of their plant homologues remain unclear. Plant cells possess up to hundreds of distinct mobile Golgi bodies, meaning that their stacked structure and multiple functions (protein glycosylation, cargo trafficking and cell wall material synthesis) need to be maintained while they are travelling through the cell.

    This PhD project aims to investigate the role of the plant golgin AtGolgin-84B in Golgi biogenesis, protein trafficking and Golgi-cytoskeleton interactions. The PhD student will receive training in advanced fluorescent live-cell imaging and electron microscopy, as well as in bioinformatics, molecular biology and biochemistry approaches to identify binding partners.

    As part of their Studentship, any successful applicant will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching/demonstrating a week during semesters on undergraduate practicals without further remuneration. Training will be given.

    For further information, please contact Dr Anne Osterrieder (a.osterrieder@brookes.ac.uk).

    How to apply

    Download application from
    http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc

    Include with your application a CV and scanned copy of your degree certificates and transcripts plus two signed academic references. Additionally if appropriate an IELTS Academic test certificate from an approved test centre.

     

    Applications only accepted by e-mail hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk

     


     

     

    Eco-Bicester Living Lab PhD studentship

    Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

    Low Carbon Building Research Group, School of Architecture

     The Low Carbon Building (LCB) Research Group of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) and School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University are pleased to offer a three-year full-time PhD Studentship starting in September 2015. The studentship is funded by Oxford Brookes University to mark its 150th Anniversary and Bioregional Development Group, Cherwell District Council and A2Dominon, under the umbrella of the Eco-Bicester Living Lab (EBLL). EBLL is a unique cross-sector and cross-disciplinary initiative established by OISD and Bioregional, in which novel ideas related to sustainability are tested in the urban realm with the explicit goal of learning for continuous feedback and improvement.

    The successful applicant will receive an annual bursary of £11,000 for three years (with no inflation increase) and the tuition fees will be paid by the University. The successful candidate will be based within the LCB Group, under the supervision of Professor Rajat Gupta (Director of OISD and LCB Group) and Bioregional.

     Topic of research: Evaluating the actual performance of the NW Bicester Exemplar development against the aspirations set for an eco-town and one planet community

    The first phase of NW Bicester ecotown development (http://nwbicester.co.uk/) known as the Exemplar is currently on site and involves construction of 393 highly energy-efficient homes, creating UK’s first true zero-carbon community. The scheme is expected to be a net provider of energy, generating more energy than it uses. The doctoral research study will be designed to address the overarching question: How effective is an exemplar development in meeting the design expectations of an eco-town and aspirations of one planet community? This is vital since there is a growing concern that many low carbon and sustainable solutions remain untested and unfamiliar, creating a gap between ‘design intent’ and ‘actual’ performance, with the result that even new low carbon housing is using up to three times the energy predicted by models. The underlying approach will be case-study based, adopting mixed-methods, drawing from building performance evaluation (BPE) techniques and carbon foot-printing methods. The research methodology will combine empirical quantitative data collection (comprising physical monitoring with carbon and ecological footprint analysis with interested residents) with qualitative methods (questionnaire survey and interviews to gather feedback from residents on their experiences, expectation and behaviours).

     As a successful applicant, you will join an internationally leading research group and will be expected to contribute to the wider research activities of the LCB Group and Eco-Bicester Living lab.  

    For further information about the LCB group, please visit http://architecture.brookes.ac.uk/research/lowcarbonbuilding/index.html and Professor Rajat Gupta’s web page: http://architecture.brookes.ac.uk/staff/rajatgupta.html   

    For information about Eco-Bicester Living Lab, please visit http://bicesterlivinglab.org/  

     Eligibility: Applications are invited from Home/EU/International students. We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality and who is capable of submitting a Ph.D. thesis within 3 years. Applicants are expected to have completed a relevant Masters degree prior to the Studentship start date. The Studentship holder may also be required to complete supplementary research methods training in their first year of study. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and be fluent in spoken and written English.

     The selection criteria will focus on academic excellence, suitability of research experience and skills, subject knowledge and references.

     Deadline: The closing date for applications is 17:00 on Friday 11 November 2016

     Interview date: Interviews will be held in the week commencing 21 November 2016

     Start date: January 2017

     How to apply: If you would like to apply you should request an application pack from tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk quoting ‘Eco-Bicester Living Lab PhD studentship’ in the subject line.

     As part of the application you must submit a maximum three page outline research proposal on the topic given above (instructions on how to prepare a research proposal can be found on the Brookes website: http://architecture.brookes.ac.uk/research/proposals.html), together with a supporting statement of no more than 300 words summarising:

    • Your reasons for undertaking this project;
    • Preparation undertaken and previous research experience;
    • How this bursary will make a difference to your research.

     For further information, please consult our website: http://www.brookes.ac.uk/students/research-degrees-team/prospective-students/research-students/research-funding-opportunities/

    Low Carbon Building (LCB) Research Group is a global leader in the fields of carbon counting; building performance evaluation (BPE); advanced low-carbon refurbishment, climate change adaptation and low carbon communities. The group’s carbon counting research has influenced policy development at both national and international levels. It has been responsible for development, testing and refinement of UNEP’s Global Common Carbon Metric protocol (currently developed into an ISO standard). The group has been heavily involved in projects funded by Innovate UK’s (formerly Technology Strategy Board) Building performance evaluation, Retrofit for the Future, Invest in Innovative Refurbishment, Future Cities Solutions and Localised energy systems competitions. Since 2010, the group has attracted £5million external research funding including a £1.14 million RCUK funded 4-year project on evaluating impacts, effectiveness and success of low carbon communities on localised energy behaviours (EVALOC). Professor Rajat Gupta is the Director of LCB group and also a Co-Director of the Eco-Bicester Living Lab. See: http://architecture.brookes.ac.uk/research/lowcarbonbuilding/index.html

     Eco-Bicester Living lab partners include:

     Bioregional champions a better, more sustainable way to live. Perhaps best known for being the charity behind the UK’s first mixed-use eco-village, BedZED in London, Bioregional works with a network of forward-thinking businesses and communities from Australia to China on practical projects which demonstrate that a sustainable future is attractive and affordable. Bioregional has been working in Bicester since 2010. It was instrumental in the creation of Planning Policy Statement 1 for Eco Towns and has supported the delivery of a broad range of exemplary environmental features at NW Bicester, which has since been endorsed as a One Planet Community. Bioregional works closely with Cherwell District Council, the local planning authority, and A2Dominion on the planning of NW Bicester eco-town. NW Bicester eco-town work is led by Nicole Lazarus, who is also a Co-Director of Eco Bicester Living Lab. See: http://www.bioregional.com/

     Cherwell District Council is the local authority for the area and has responsibility for planning in Bicester, including the new development at NW Bicester. In 2007 Cherwell District Council identified North West Bicester to the Government as a potential eco-town site. North West Bicester was later chosen as one of the Government’s four designated eco-town developments. See: http://www.ecobicester.org.uk/

    A2Dominion is one of the country’s leading providers of high-quality housing. It provides over 34,000 homes across London and southern England, with thousands more in development. A2Dominion is the lead developer of the first, exemplar phase of 393 homes and provider of affordable homes for the overall scheme to create up to 6,400 homes in North West Bicester. See: http://nwbicester.co.uk/

       

    PhD studentship on Energy Performance Gap in Housing

     Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

     Low Carbon Building Research Group, School of Architecture

    The Low Carbon Building (LCB) Research Group of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) and School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University are pleased to offer a three-year full-time PhD Studentship starting in January 2017. The studentship is funded by Oxford Brookes University to mark its 150th Anniversary and Industry.

     The successful applicant will receive an annual bursary of £11,000 for three years (with no inflation increase) and the fees will be paid by the University. The successful candidate will be based within the LCB Group, under the supervision of Professor Rajat Gupta (Director of OISD and LCB Group).

    Topic of research: Energy performance gap and actual housing performance

     The UK Government has set ambitious targets for incremental changes to building regulatory standards, in order to reduce energy use from new housing. Despite this driver, many low carbon solutions are untested, creating a gap between ‘design intent’ (modelled) and ‘in-use’  (measured) energy performance, with the result that even new low carbon housing is using up to three times the energy predicted by models. This is why concern is growing that this energy performance gap has the potential to undermine national carbon reduction targets and carry considerable commercial risk for the wider house building sector. Given this context, the doctoral research study will be designed to understand, evaluate and minimize the effect of the energy performance gap on actual housing performance, both from a technical, and occupants’ perspective. The underlying approach will be case-study based, drawing from building performance evaluation (BPE) techniques combining empirical (quantitative and qualitative) methods of data collection with statistical (SPSS) and social science (Nvivo) methods for data analysis. The BPE techniques will include: in-situ building performance monitoring; building performance diagnostics including thermography; handover reviews; post-occupancy evaluation and field studies of thermal comfort.

    As a successful applicant, you will join an internationally leading research group and will be expected to contribute to the wider research activities of the LCB Group.  

     For further information about the LCB group, please visit http://architecture.brookes.ac.uk/research/lowcarbonbuilding/index.html and Professor Rajat Gupta’s web page: http://architecture.brookes.ac.uk/staff/rajatgupta.html   

    Eligibility: Applications are invited from Home/EU/International students. We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality and who is capable of submitting a Ph.D. thesis within 3 years. Applicants are expected to have completed a relevant Masters degree prior to the Studentship start date. The Studentship holder may also be required to complete supplementary research methods training in their first year of study. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate strong research capabilities and be fluent in spoken and written English.

    The selection criteria will focus on academic excellence, suitability of research experience and skills, subject knowledge and references.

    Deadline: The closing date for applications is 17:00 on Friday 11 November 2016

    Interview date: Interviews will be held in the week commencing 21 November 2016

    Start date: January 2017

    How to apply: If you would like to apply you should request an application pack from, tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk quoting ‘PhD studentship on Energy Performance Gap in Housing’ in the subject line.

    As part of the application you must submit a maximum three page outline research proposal on the topic of research - Energy performance gap and actual housing performance (instructions on how to prepare a research proposal can be found on the Brookes website: http://architecture.brookes.ac.uk/research/proposals.html), together with a supporting statement of no more than 300 words summarising:

    Your reasons for undertaking this project;

    • Preparation undertaken and previous research experience;
    • How this bursary will make a difference to your research.

    For further information, please consult our website: http://www.brookes.ac.uk/students/research-degrees-team/prospective-students/research-students/research-funding-opportunities/

    Low Carbon Building (LCB) Research Group is a global leader in the fields of carbon counting; building performance evaluation (BPE); advanced low-carbon refurbishment, climate change adaptation and low carbon communities. The group’s carbon counting research has influenced policy development at both national and international levels. It has been responsible for development, testing and refinement of UNEP’s Global Common Carbon Metric protocol (currently developed into an ISO standard). The group has been heavily involved in projects funded by Innovate UK’s (formerly Technology Strategy Board) Building performance evaluation, Retrofit for the Future, Invest in Innovative Refurbishment, Future Cities Solutions and Localised energy systems competitions. Since 2010, the group has attracted £5million external research funding including a £1.14 million RCUK funded 4-year project on evaluating impacts, effectiveness and success of low carbon communities on localised energy behaviours (EVALOC). See: http://architecture.brookes.ac.uk/research/lowcarbonbuilding/index.html