A PhD studentship is available to start in September 2014 on a project entitled Membrane engineering of artificial lipid vesicles. The goal of this project is to use optical tweezers to probe the mehanical properties of biomimetic vesicles undergoing temperature or light-induced phase or structural transformation, and to use the results of these studies to engineer membrane materials with properties optimised for applications including controlled drug release and microreactors.
Experimental work will be carried out in the Optical Tweezers Group in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at UCL and in the Biological Soft Matter Group in the School of Materials Science at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (JAIST). The project is jointly supervised by Dr Phil Jones (UCL) and Dr Tsutomu Hamada (JAIST).
The studentship will pay a stipend and fees at the rate applicable for UK/EU students for three years. The student will be registered for a PhD at UCL where they will spend the first and third years. The second year of the PhD will be spent at JAIST.
Please contact Dr Phil Jones for further details or to express an interest.