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PhD Studentship in the Departments of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Exeter, UK

As part of our new developments and our commitment to research excellence, applications are invited from suitably qualified graduates, 2:1 or above, for a PhD studentship in the above field.  International students must also have IELTS [International English Language Testing System] score of 7 and above (or equivalent qualification).
The stipend will be £13,590 (based on full time 10/11 rate). Tuition fees will be paid at the home rate. Candidates from countries outside the European Union will be liable for the difference between ‘home student fees’ and ‘international student fees’. If you wish to be considered for this studentship you must confirm that you are able to pay the international portion of the fee.  For the 10/11 academic year this is £9200 but is likely to increase slightly each year. If you are selected you will be required to provide financial assurances.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 31 May 2011

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Engineers Required for BBSRC PhD Studentship – Postgraduate Position for Study Towards PhD: controlled crystal formation within simple and complex pharmaceutical systems, process efficiency, monitoring and control.

The formulation team within Aston have a strong background in the reformulation of medicines and application of genomic technologies such as microarrays to further understand the performance of these medicines in vitro. We are seeking to formalise Pharmaceutical Engineering skills within a team of pharmaceutical scientists to build on our knowledge of Process Analytical Technology. Combining your skills from a background in engineering we will look at mechanical and electronic devices to monitor and control the process of freeze drying.

Biopharma Technology Ltd. (BTL) is an independent company based in Winchester, Hampshire, specialising in providing contract R&D in the field of freeze-drying, chiefly to the pharmaceutical, vaccine and diagnostics sectors. In the past 11 years, it has worked on more than 700 different materials for over 300 clients worldwide. BTL has also developed two analytical instruments that provide critical information about a material prior to freeze-drying; this information enables the user to understand whether the material can be processed without further amendment (e.g. reformulation) and what conditions should be employed in order to achieve a stable freeze-dried product. The company is now looking to develop technologies that enable the process to be monitored real-time and in situ, which should ultimately lead to more efficient drying and fewer issues in scaling the process up to the industrial manufacturing level.

The project, due to commence in October 2011, will investigate the application of Process Analytical Technology to monitoring and controlling the freeze drying process. The project will also aim to work towards developing engineering solutions that will enable more successful and efficient processing and better dry state storage stability for a wide variety of biologicals including enzyme and cell systems.

In the 2008 RAE, the Drug Delivery group forming part of the Aston University Allied Healthcare and Professions submission which was ranked 3rd in the UK, based on volume of research given a 3* or 4* rating (internationally excellent and world-leading), out of 61 institutional submissions – underlining our research excellence.

Financial Support
The studentship comprises of a BBSRC maintenance stipend for the student (currently £16,090 per annum tax free) and payment of Home/EU tuition fees.
The studentship is available for four years under the BBSRC funding model, subject to a satisfactory progress review at the end of the first year, and is available for October 1st 2011 registration.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Andrew Ingham E-mail: (

Scholarship Application Deadline:31 May 2011

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PhD Studentship in Dentistry/Psychology, University of Exeter, UK: Psychological Cycle of Dental Anxiety

The Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry with its parent Institutions, the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, are seeking to attract PhD candidates of outstanding ability to join their exciting and rapidly expanding programme of internationally rated research. As part of our new developments and our commitment to research excellence, applications are invited from suitably qualified graduates, for a PhD studentship. International students must also have IELTS [International English Language Testing System] score of 7 and above (or equivalent qualification).

This cross disciplinary PhD studentship in Dentistry/Psychology will examine how psychological techniques can be used to reduce dental patient anxiety before, during and after treatment with the aim of improving oral health. Phase 1 will explore when and where anxiety occurs and Phase 2 will test the effectiveness of different interventions designed to help patients manage anxiety at these time points. Applicants should have either a Bachelor of Dental Surgery or a 2.1 degree in Psychology or a related discipline and preferably further training in research methods or evidence of applied research in a related context.

Scholarship Application Deadline:
1st April 2011

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