A BBSRC DTP targeted PhD studentship is available in the Department of Physics to investigate the mechanosensitivity of cells. Sensing the stiffness (elastic modulus or viscosity) of the environment requires specific physical mechanisms. In developing a theoretical model of this process, three aspects are needed: (a) understanding the individual sensor mechanism, (b) mapping the signalling feedback loop that leads to the cell phenotypical response, and (c) identifying mechanisms of sensor coupling, leading to clustering and emergence of focal adhesions. This project is suitable for a candidate with a good first degree (Masters pass) in Physics, Physical Chemistry or Materials Science. The successful candidate would have interests, and preferably some experience in theoretical work in mechanics and statistical physics, as well as being able to read and process biological literature.
The student must complete the programme in 48 months. In addition to the primary PhD research, they will participate in DTP training courses, two 10-week rotation projects, a three-month internship and be invited to all DTP events and activities.
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 4 years in the first instance.
The award covers all University fees and provides a tax-free stipend of £14,296 p.a. (index linked). The studentship is available for UK and EEA students who meet the UK residency requirements. Students from EEA countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.
Informal enquiries should be made in the first instance to Professor Eugene Terentjev (firstname.lastname@example.org ).
To make an application, follow the procedure outlined on the University website http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/?ucam-ref=global-header , making sure to mention the BSS research group and/or the name of Prof. Terentjev in the form.
Please quote reference KA11430 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.
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