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Microbiology: Funded PhD Studentship at Swansea University: Determining the processes important in the summer peak of Campylobacter infection in housed broiler flocks

Swansea University is a UK top 30 institution for research excellence (Research Excellence Framework 2014), and has been named Welsh University of the Year 2017 by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide.

This studentship is funded by Sun Valley Foods Ltd.

Subject areas: Campylobacter Infection Biology, Innate Immunity, Microbial Genomics, Molecular Microbiology

Early and rapid detection of Campylobacter infection is a major goal to the chicken production industry. This fully funded PhD is a collaboration between academics at Swansea University Medical School and colleagues at Sun Valley Foods Ltd. The project will focus on two major areas of Campylobacter infection biology; i) the environmental cues that encourage Campylobacter infection in the chicken  ii) the changes that occur in the chicken gut microbiome that allow Campylobacter to proliferate. 

The successful student will join a team of multi-disciplinary scientists working in Microbiology and Infectious disease group at Swansea University Medical School and will work closely with the food industry to generate meaningful, industry-ready data. The project will involve significant time spent with the collaborating company,  including on-farm and in the processing plant for sample collection.

Project supervision will include two academic supervisors within Swansea University Medical School and an industrial supervisor at Sun Valley Foods Ltd.

Eligibility

Candidates should have a first class or upper second class (2.1) honours degree or equivalent and a Master's degree in a related field (Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Immunology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Zoology or a related discipline).

Due to funding restrictions, this studentship is open to UK/EU candidates only.

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Benefits

The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus an annual stipend of £14,553.

The successful candidate will have opportunities to attend National and International Conferences during their candidature and a chance to compete for Medical School travel bursaries or to Microbiological Societies. 

Application

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