PhD Studentship A Chemical Biology Approach to Identifying Cyclic Peptide Antibiotics

Applications are invited for a PhD position in molecular biology to join University of Southampton, UK. The funds for this fellowship are available for 3 years. Candidates are welcome before August 31, 2019.

We are seeking a talented and motivated scientist to work on a 3.5 year interdisciplinary PhD project in the field of chemical biology. The project is funded by a major US pharmaceutical company and will be conducted in the Tavassoli lab at the School of Chemistry, University of Southampton.

The Tavassoli lab have pioneered methods for the generation and screening of cyclic peptide libraries. The approach, called SICLOPPS, has led to the identification and development of a number of first in class inhibitors; for a review see:

The aim of this project is to use SICLOPPS for the discovery of new antibiotics. This requires the development of a new platform and approach for deploying SICLOPPS libraries. The work is funded by and will be conducted in close collaboration with a major US pharmaceutical company.

The ideal candidate will have prior lab-based experience of chemical biology and/or molecular biology. However, this isn't essential, and training in molecular biology will be provided as part of the PhD.

Please feel free to contact Ali by email ali1(at) if you have any questions or would like to discuss the opportunity informally.

Entry requirements: first or upper second-class degree or equivalent

:applications should be received no later than 31 August 2019 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

This 3.5 year studentship covers UK tuition fees and provides an annual tax-free stipend at the standard EPSRC rate, which is 15,009 for 2019/20.

Applicants must be UK or EU residents with no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have lived here for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. This residence cannot be mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education.

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