PhD Scholarship: Developing Biofilms for Solar Energy Conversion

University of Cambridge, UK is offering PhD position in biochemistry. Applications should be sent before December 05, 2018.

Applications are invited for a 4-year BBSRC-funded PhD studentship to work with Dr Jenny Zhang on the conversion of solar energy into electrical power using cyanobacterial biofilms on 3D-electrodes. The project will focus on the visualisation and characterisation of the photosynthetic biofilm-electrode interface during charge transfer processes, exploring the use of chemical biology and electrochemical methods, such as in situ confocal fluorescence and Raman microscopy, and using chemical and biophysical characterisations of both synthetic (dyes and electrode materials) and biological systems (proteins, sub-cellular components and bioengineered cells). The overall aim will be to gain a better understanding of the poorly defined biological phenomenon of light-induced current generation by photosynthetic biofilms, and ultimately to rationally enhance the ‘wiring’ between the biofilm and the electrode. The student will benefit from working within a highly multi-disciplinary environment involving inter-departmental, national and international collaborators.

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) the equivalent of a UK first class or upper second class honours degree (and preferably a Masters degree) in chemistry, biochemistry, physics, or other relevant discipline, and must have an interest in using chemical biology or physical methods to study biological systems. The studentship will provide a maintenance grant and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, and is available to UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements of the Research Councils. Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may be eligible for a fees-only award. Owing to funding restrictions imposed by the sponsor, non-EU citizens cannot be considered.

Applications must be made online via the University Applicant Portal (see Please note that there is an application fee. As part of your ‘Statement of Research Interest’ you must state that you are applying for the BBSRC studentship with Dr Zhang. All applicants will also be considered for other studentships available in the Department of Chemistry.

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