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PhD Studentship at University of Southampton UK

A PhD studentship or Research opportunity is open at the University of Southampton, UK. The focus topic this Research is “Understanding the role of protein conformation at the nanoscale: In-situ TERS studies of amyloidogenic Tau aggregation“.

Level/Field of Study: PhD Research Studies under the School of Chemistry and Biological Sciences.

Project Description

The project is funded for 4 years and welcomes applicants from the UK and EU who have or expect to obtain at least an upper second class degree in either Chemistry, Biology or related discipline.

The aim of the project is to understand the role of protein conformation at the nanoscale which is essential for the early detection, diagnostic screening and the development of preventative therapeutic interventions in diseases such as Alzheimers.

To-date the molecular mechanism and the role conformation plays in protein aggregation and toxicity is not well understood. As part of this project the successful candidate will develop novel in situ physico-chemical characterisation tools for assessing protein aggregation.

This will be achieved by using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) executed through the tip of an Atomic Force microscopy (AFM) probe also called tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS) which can yield chemical level resolution on single molecules. 


The Studentship is a full tuition fees for EU/UK students plus for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £15,009 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.


Applicant must have a very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

How to Apply

Applications are to be made online via the Application Portal. You are to select“PhD Chemistry (Full time)” as the programme and enter Iris Nandhakumar under the proposed supervisor.

Programme Requirements

  • Research Proposal
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two reference letters
  • Degree Transcripts to date

Application Deadline: 31st March, 2020.

To learn more about the Research Study visit the official website >>> PhD Studentship at University of Southampton UK.

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