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PhD Studentship: Photonic Biomaterials

Applications are invited for a 4-year BBSRC Industrial CASE studentship in the research group led by Dr Silvia Vignolini to work on a project, co-funded by Hoekmine BV, as part of the Cambridge BBSRC Doctoral Training Programme ( The project will develop and understand novel genetic pathways that regulate structural coloration in colonies of newly isolated Flavobacterium strains. We envisage the use of such bacterial colonies as photonic bio-materials, which can change coloration under external stimuli and/or can interface with other living tissues, adapting to variable environments. The studentship will include placements at Hoekmine in Utrecht, which will enable the student to learn directly from working in an industrial environment.

Further information about Dr Vignolini's research can be found at

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 physics, biology, chemistry or other relevant subject. Good skills in molecular biology, microbiology are expected, and applicants should be familiar with the fundamental concepts of microscopy. Experience with bioinformatics, systems biology and synthetic biology would also be an advantage. This is a multi-disciplinary project, and the successful applicant will be required to show an interest in working as part of research team.

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 should include a cover letter, a CV, detailed academic transcripts and the contact details for at least two academic referees, and should be emailed to Dr Silvia Vignolini (email: Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Vignolini.

Please quote reference MA13998 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.