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Physical principles underlying the assembly and adaptation of complex microbial communities – Imperial College London

Supervisors : Dr R Endres,  Monday, January 08, 2024

 Funded PhD Project:  (Students Worldwide)

About the Project
Applications are invited for a research studentship leading to the award of a PhD degree, under the supervision of Profs. Robert Endres and Samraat Pawar, to investigate the relationship between nonequilibrium thermodynamics and microbial ecosystem assembly. The post is supported by a bursary and fees (at the UK home student rate) funded by NERC. The studentship is for 3.5 years starting October 2024.

The interface between fundamental physics and complex biological systems has been an active research area in recent years. In particular, there has been immense interest in understanding the diversity, stability and resilience of microbial communities. However, despite significant progress in specific areas of microbial research, fundamental thermodynamic principles determining the assembly and adaptation of complex microbial communities are still very little understood.

The successful applicant must hold, or expected to complete, a BSc at 2:1 level or better in a relevant subject area such as physics, mathematics or bioengineering by start of the project. The successful applicant will be part of the SSCP DTP cohort, commencing in October 2024.

Funding Notes
A fully funded 3.5-year NERC DTP Studentship, including tuition fees and a standard research council stipend (approx. 18.6K p.a.). The fees and stipend cover UK home applicants and standard research council eligibility criteria apply

How to apply
Please email Dr. Endres ([email protected]) and include in your application:

A cover letter
Your CV
At least two references sent directly to Dr. Endres from the referees

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