Centre for Research in Topical Drug Delivery and Toxicology studentship


Qualification type: PhD

Location: Hatfield, United Kingdom

Funding for: UK applicants or permanent residency

Funding amount: The award includes cover for UK tuition fees and subject to eligibility a stipend at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) recommended rates. For 2020 – 2021 this is set at £15,285, subject to eligibility.

Duration: Three years

Closing application date: Friday 18 December

Interviews: Remote interviews will take place in December. Invitations to interview will be sent within 2 weeks of the application deadline. We may be unable to inform unsuccessful applicants due to the volume of applications.

Expected start: February 2021

Project outline

The Centre for Research in Topical Drug Delivery and Toxicology (TDDT) at the University of Hertfordshire brings together multidisciplinary expertise in biological, physical, analytical and toxicological science to address key challenges in the development of topical medicines and understanding exposure to toxic materials and its mitigation.

TDDT sits within the School of Life and Medical Sciences. Our research environment is enriched by the diversity of our staff and students and we take a responsible approach towards further progressing inclusivity. Overall, 35% of our postgraduate research students are of minority ethnic heritage; 65% self-identify as females; and 16.4% have declared a disability. We recognise that subject level trends differ and that nationally, there is much more to be achieved in addressing diversity in the pipeline to success in a research career. That is why we whole heartedly encourage applications from people who identify with a protected characteristic; those from areas with traditionally low participation in higher education; and people who are the first to study at university in their family.

The Centre has up to three PhD studentships available in the following areas. For more information on each of these topics please contact the supervisor directly.

Project 1

The impact of clinical practice in the application of topical products on drug absorption, treatment and product safety

Supervisor: Dr Mubinah Beebeejaun / m.beebeejaun2@herts.ac.uk

Project 2

Investigating film forming systems for controlling the mucosal microbiome to resolve exposure to inhaled toxic chemicals, aerosols, and microbes.

Supervisor: Dr Laxmi Kerai / l.kerai2@herts.ac.uk

Project 3

Engineering uncharged smart materials for targeted imaging and real-time monitoring of mitochondrial and cell health.

Supervisor: Dr Jesus Calvo-Castro / j.calvo-castro@herts.ac.uk

Essential criteria

Students should have a good degree i.e. a 2.1 or higher in a biological or chemical science or a related subject such as pharmacy or pharmaceutical science, or a suitable Masters degree and have excellent problem-solving skills.

Application process

For informal enquiries about the projects please contact the relevant supervisor directly.

To apply for the studentships please complete the application form here and email it with a copy of your CV, your passport and your higher education certificate(s) to doctoralcollegeadmissions@herts.ac.uk. You should provide the title of the PhD project you are applying for in the subject line of the email.

The closing date is the 18th December 2020. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online interview in early January 2021. If you have not had a reply within 3 weeks of the deadline, you have unfortunately been unsuccessful on this occasion.