Research funding opportunities

  • Full details of all funding opportunities will be advertised on this webpage as and when they become available.

    If you are interested in undertaking a research degree at Oxford Brookes, visit the 'Areas of research' webpage to find out more about the range of subject areas offered within our research communities, centres, groups, academic faculties and schools.

  • Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

    Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

    Competitive three year full time studentship
    Research Title : Characterisation of golgin function in structural maintenance and biogenesis of the plant Golgi apparatus 
    Main supervisor Dr Anne Osterrieder 
    Eligibility:Only open to UK/EU applicants (who must be permanently resident in UK/EU) 
    Start date: 23rd January 2017 
    Bursary: £14296 pa (pro rata as January start) for academic year 2016/17 & fees 
    Closing date: 12th October 2016 

    Applicants should be of the highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Requirement a good Honours degree (2.1 or equivalent). 

    It is preferred that EU applicants have 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 the 23rd April 2015 by an approved test centre please see web site below. Or an undergraduate degree awarded by a recognised UK university within the last two years. 

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-applying-for-uk-visa-approved-english-language-tests 

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

    Project summary 

    The Golgi apparatus sits at the heart of the secretory pathway. Secretory cargo enters the Golgi stack for post-translational modification, and is packaged and shipped to its final destination. In plants, the Golgi apparatus also synthesises cell wall material. The plant Golgi apparatus consists of up to hundreds of distinct mobile stacks, meaning that protein trafficking, cell wall material synthesis and Golgi structure need to be maintained during this movement. Golgins are Golgi-located proteins with long coiled-coil domains reaching into the cytoplasm. These domains act as tethers to bind other proteins or membranes. Mammalian golgins have been shown to play a role in the regulation of protein trafficking and Golgi structure, but many of their functions remain unclear in plants. 

    The aim of this PhD project is to study the role of the golgin AtGolgin-84B in Golgi biogenesis, stack structure maintenance and protein trafficking. The PhD student will receive training in advanced fluorescent live-cell imaging (confocal laser scanning microscopy) and image analysis. Fluorescently tagged Golgin-84B versions will be co-expressed with other Golgi and ER proteins and secretory cargo molecules. The student will also investigate the effects of cytoskeleton- and Golgi-disrupting drugs on fluorescent protein location and dynamics. The second stage of the project aims to identify potential AtGolgin-84B binding partners using the ‘GFP-trap’ method, and to study selected candidate interaction partners using bioinformatics, microscopy and biochemistry. Electron microscopy studies can be carried out in collaboration with Brookes Bioimaging Facility staff. 


    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. 

    The appointed individual may have to participate in outreach activities such as Science Festivals and talks in schools and therefore will be subject to DBS search once they enrol. In view of checking procedures they will be required to exhibit a current passport - 

    https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check 


    For further information on the project description only, please contact Dr Anne Osterrieder 
    e-mail address a.osterrieder@brookes.ac.uk

    http://bms.brookes.ac.uk/staff/anne_osterrieder 


    How to apply 

    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 

    With your application enclose a CV plus scanned copy of your degree certificates and transcripts and letter from awarding body plus two signed academic references. Additionally if appropriate a valid IELTS Academic test score certificate.. 


    Please carefully note that applications only accepted by e-mail to the following address: 
    hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk

    Oxford Brookes University

     

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

     

    Competitive three year full time studentship in the Department of Biological and Medical Sciences 

    Research title: Exploring drug delivery routes for a novel aspirin prodrug. 

    Main Supervisor Dr David Meredith e-mail address dmeredith@brookes.ac.uk 

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

    Start date: 23rd January 2017 

    Bursary: £14296 pa (pro rata as January start) for academic year 2016/17 & fees 

    Closing date: 12th October 2016 

    Applicants should be of highest quality and capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years.

     

    Requirement a good Honours degree (2.1 or equivalent). 

    EU applicants require an IELTS Academic 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 the 23rd April 2015 by an approved test centre

     

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-applying-for-uk-visa-approved-english-language-tests 

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

    Project

     


    The non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) aspirin is a highly effective drug, best known for its anti-pain/inflammatory properties, but also widely prescribed for its cardiovascular protective functions against heart attack and stroke. However, despite its widespread use and therapeutic effectiveness, aspirin shows considerable toxicity to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, with bleeding and ulceration as the main symptoms. To overcome these effects non-toxic NSAID prodrugs have long been sought, but with little success due to two major obstacles. The first is to design a prodrug which will release the active form of the NSAID in vivo. The second obstacle is that ideally the prodrug needs to be absorbed into the body intact, ie before metabolism to avoid local intestinal damage by the free drug. The human membrane transporter PepT1 (SLC15A1) is expressed at high levels in the small intestine, where it is responsible for the uptake of dietary di- and tri-peptides. In addition, it also carries a number of therapeutically important drug compounds, including beta-lactam antibiotics, and is known to be able to transport a wide range of chemically diverse peptide mimetic compounds. Recent studies in our laboratory have demonstrated the potential for using PepT1 as a route for delivering peptide-conjugated drugs (ie prodrugs), and we have continued this approach to design a novel peptide-conjugated prodrug of aspirin. 

    Therefore the AIM of this project is to develop novel peptide-conjugated prodrugs of aspirin, developed in collaboration with the University of Keele. The prodrugs will be tested for their transport and pharmacological properties, using a variety of techniques including protein expression, cell culture, enzymology and HPLC. Other compounds and site-directed mutagenesis will also be employed to further our understanding of how PepT transporters function. 

     

    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..

    How to apply 

    Download application from

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


    With application enclose a CV and scanned copy of your degree certificates and transcripts  plus two signed academic references. Additionally an IELTS Academic test certificate. 

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

    Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

     

    Department of Sport and Health Sciences 

    Three Year Full Time PhD Research Studentship 

    Title: Exploration of life-style including dietary patterns on later life quality of movement 
    Director of Studies: Dr Helen Lightowler - hlightowler@brookes.ac.uk
    Second Supervisors: Dr Patrick Esser / Dr Shelly Coe - pesser@brookes.ac.uk
    Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants only (who must be permanently resident in UK/EU) 
    Closing Date: 31st October 2016 
    Start date: 23rd January 2017 
    Value pa: Bursary of £14296 (pro rata as January start) for academic year 2016/17 & fees 

    Requirements: 
    Good Honours degree (2.1 or equivalent) and educated to BSc or MSc degree level equivalent to a UK degree or equivalent in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, physiology, psychology, nutrition, human biology or movement science. 
    Experience of working with clinical adult populations is preferable. 

    EU applicants have 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 the 23rd April 2015 by 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 

    In exceptional circumstances we are prepared to consider alternative evidence of English language ability. 

     

    Project

     

    A healthy life-style, e.g. diet patterns and physical activity, has been associated with an overall health state including improved cognitive ability and more recently an association has been found to motor performance and function. Currently little is known on how life-style factors throughout life affect quality of movement in later life. The Movement Science Group is collaborating with several national (Medical Research Council, Whitehall, Southend and Brent Revisited) and international (McGill, Shanghai) longitudinal cohorts whereby in-depth gait assessments are being performed alongside a battery of extensive tests performed according to the cohort protocols. We expect to have extensive data on lifestyle factors as well as in-depth movement measurements in 1,000s of people over the next two years. 

    The main aim of this PhD is to utilise longitudinal cohort data to explore dietary patterns, physical activity and behaviour in early life and the effect on quality of movement in later life. 

    Successful candidate would be expected to present at scientific meetings and publish. The student will build on the Functional Food Centre’s and the Movement Science Group’s previous work into nutrition and clinical rehabilitation science and work to develop interventions suitable for a range of participants, from healthy and ageing adults and those with neurological conditions. In addition they should be comfortable in a multidisciplinary environment, working with a range of populations, including clinical groups.

     


    As part of their Studentship, students will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching per week during semesters without further remuneration. 

    Any 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 - - https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check 

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

    With your application you should enclose a CV, plus if appropriate a valid IELTS Academic   certificate, two academic references. 

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


     





     







     

    Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

     

    Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

    Funded full-time 3-year PhD Studentship

     

    Annual Stipend: £14,000

     

    Annual Full-time Fees: paid by the Project

     

    Deadline for applying: 17:00 on Friday 30th September 2016

     

    Start Date: January 2017

     

    Eligibility: UK/EU/International

    The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences at Oxford Brookes University is pleased to offer a full-time PhD Studentship, funded jointly by ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd and by the University, starting in January 2017. Applications are invited for a PhD Studentship in ‘A technical and environmental appraisal of recycled carbon fibre materials’. The supervisory team will be led by Professor Allan Hutchinson, with Professor Gareth Neighbour and Dr Pat Winfield. The overall aim of the project is to evaluate and predict the short- and long-term properties of composites made with recycled carbon fibre materials. A further aspect of the project is to undertake whole life cycle assessments of the use of recycled carbon fibre in polymer composite applications. The research team will work closely with ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd, the only commercial carbon fibre recycling organization in the UK. A full project description will be provided in the application pack.

     

    The successful candidate will receive a fixed annual payment of £14,000 for a maximum of three years as a stipend for living expenses, subject to satisfactory progress. The candidate may also seek to undertake additional teaching related duties during semesters which will attract additional remuneration at the standard rates of pay. Fees will be paid by the project and a budget of £1,000 per annum will also be provided towards the costs of the project. 

     

    As a successful applicant, you will join a supportive and research-active Department.  We undertake a lot of applied research in polymers, composites and materials technology. For more information on the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences visit http://mems.brookes.ac.uk/.

     

    Eligibility: Applications are invited from Home/EU and international students. We are looking to recruit a candidate of the highest quality and who is capable of submitting a PhD thesis within 3 years. Applicants are expected to hold a good undergraduate degree in an area relevant to Materials or Mechanical Engineering, or a related/cognate discipline. 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.

    Deadline: The closing date for applications is 17:00 on Friday 30th September 2016

    Interview date: Interviews will be held in the week commencing 10th October 2016

    Start date: January 2017

    How to apply: To request an application pack, a project description and for further details of how to apply, please email tdestudentships@brookes.ac.uk.