PhD Studentship in Biomedical Sciences

Ulster University is pleased to invite applicants to apply for PhD scholarship in electrical engineering. To be eligible, candidates must hold European citizenship. Applications are invited up to March 27, 2015. 

This project will involve the preparation of fluorescence sensors for a range of different blood electrolytes or drug compounds and their subsequent incorporation within polymeric hydrogels. The ability of the sensor loaded hydrogels to determine analyte concentrations will be determined using optical based detection methods. These polymeric hydrogels will then be interfaced with an interstitial fluid extraction device to enable extraction of interstitial fluid and determination of the analytes contained within.

The concentrations of drugs and electrolytes in interstitial fluid are known to map plasma concentrations closely and so this method offers the opportunity to detect these analytes in a minimally invasive manner. The project will require preparation of suitable sensing systems incorporating either a small molecule or antibody based approach. The sensors will then be incorporated within hydrogels and their selectivity / sensitivity determined by fluorescence microscopy.

The project available is in the Biomedical Sciences Research Institute (in collaboration with Norbrook Laboratories Ltd) and is tenable in the Faculty of Life Health Sciences at the Coleraine Campus.

The studentship will comprise tuition fees and a maintenance award (subject to UK residence status) of not less than £ 15,057 per annum, funded by DEL (the Department for Employment Learning in NI) and Norbrook Laboratories Ltd..

Application Requirements
Applicants should hold ordinary UK residence to be eligible for both fees and maintenance. Non UK residents who hold ordinary EU residence may also apply but if successful will receive fees only.

All applicants should hold a first or upper second class honours degree in Chemistry, Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Science or a related discipline.

How to apply?
If you wish to discuss your proposal or receive advice on the research project please contact: Professor John Callan, tel: 02870123059, email: For further information on the application process please visit our website:

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