PhD Studentships

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Providing Research Opportunities

The quality and breadth of research at the University of Lincoln was highlighted in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, where more than half of the University’s submitted research was rated as internationally excellent or world leading (3* or 4*). If you undertake a PhD studentship here at Lincoln, you too could join this community of world-leading researchers.

At the University of Lincoln, our PhD students are committed to making research breakthroughs and inspiring those around them, and we are committed to helping them achieve their goals. That’s why the University is making a significant investment to provide research opportunities for exceptional doctoral candidates through our annual half-million pound Research Investment Fund.


View our current studentship opportunities:

College of Science

PhD Funded Studentship

Explore the bush-cricket (katydid) ear from various perspectives: structural, mechanical and physiological.

We are seeking an outstanding, highly motivated PhD student to work on an ERC Consolidator Award project entitled 'The Insect cochlea: a non-invasive path towards enhanced sound detectors' within the University of Lincoln’s School of Life Sciences.

The successful candidate will be passionate about biomechanics, acoustics, sensory and comparative biology and will investigate the implementation of non-invasive techniques to measure inner ear activity.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Fernando Montealegre-Zapata:

Applicants should have a first or higher upper second-class honours degree, and preferably a relevant Master’s degree (or equivalent experience) in sensory biology with substantial experience of excellent report-writing and English language communication skills, and ability to work to deadlines.

Suitably qualified candidates worldwide may apply, although International students must self-fund the difference between the International and UK/EU fee rate.

Applications must comprise: 1-page covering letter, 2-page research proposal, 2-page CV, and be e-mailed to Professor Montealegre-Zapata at The letter and any communication should be in English. 

Start date: 2nd July 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter

£15,549.74 per annum stipend.

Tuition Fees (capped at UK/EU fee level) covered though the ERC Consolidator Award and the Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA), which requires the student to conduct up to 6 hours of teaching or related work per week.

Full Studentship details (pdf)

PhD Funded Studentship in “The environmental fate of antibiotic-resistant microbes and contaminants of emerging concern in river catchment systems

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship in “The environmental fate of antibiotic-resistant microbes and contaminants of emerging concern in river catchment systems”

Contaminants of emerging concern (CECs - pharmaceuticals, steroids, hormones, flame retardants) are now recognised as a serious and understudied environmental hazard. Of greatest concern is their direct impact on human and animal health via the food chain and their potential influence on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the environment. This exciting PhD project offers the successful candidate an opportunity to study CECs and AMR in river catchment systems through a fully funded studentship.

Globally river sediments are a major means whereby contaminants and microbes are dispersed in freshwater aquatic systems. The source-pathway-receptor relationships of some sediment-associated pollutants, most notably toxic metals released into the environment in large quantities since the Industrial Revolution, are now generally well understood. The dispersal of CECs and AMR by river systems is currently of greater concern but is poorly understood. We anticipate that the successful candidate will make an important contribution to shaping the direction of future CECs and AMR research in the river environment.

The primary aim of this project will be to undertake the first event-based and catchment-scale investigations of sediment-associated CEC and microbial population dynamics in range of river channel and floodplain environments. Study areas will include urban and rural catchments in the UK as well as a number of large rivers worldwide (Danube and Zambezi).

The project will be hosted in the School of Geography’s flagship research centre, the Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health (LCWPH) and will involve fieldwork, GIS work and laboratory work. Laboratory work will be conducted in the Joseph Banks Laboratories – the University of Lincoln’s new multi-million pound state of the art investment.

The candidate will be supervised by an interdisciplinary team of internationally leading experts in river processes (Professor Mark Macklin, Director LCWPH and Head of School of Geography), geomicrobiology (Professor Mat Goddard, School of Life Sciences) and geochemistry (Dr Daniel Magnone, LCWPH and School of Geography).

Information about LCWPH and the Schools of Geography and Life Sciences can be found at the following links:

Open to UK, EU and Overseas Students

Tuition Fees included

Stipend/Living allowance: £14,052 per annum
Research expenses to be paid up to £1,500
Start date 24 September 2018

Duration: 36 months

Reference: COS-SOG-2017-4

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a first or higher upper second-class honours degree, and preferably a relevant Master’s degree (or equivalent experience) in Physical Geography, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, and/or Life Sciences with excellent report-writing and English language communication skills and ability to work to deadlines.

The ideal candidate should have experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Environmental fieldwork.
  • Environmental laboratory work (e.g. organic/inorganic extractions and analysis, HPLC, LC/GCMS, ICP-AES, XRF, NMR).
  • Microbiological laboratory work using both culture-based and DNA extraction and analysis methods.
  • Competent using GIS.

It would be beneficial for the candidate to have:

  • Experience using statistical software (e.g. MatLab, R, SPSS).
  • Driving license.
  • Some background in ecology and/or environmental microbiology

How to apply

Applications must comprise: 1-page covering letter, 2-page research proposal, 2-page CV, and be e-mailed to Mrs Fiona Burstow: Closing Date: 30th June 2018.

Interviews are due to be held during July 2018 with the successful candidate starting as soon as possible after this date.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Mark Macklin:

Fee Waiver Scholarships

The School of Pharmacy is delighted to offer four Fee Waiver scholarships (UK/EU only) for its Masters of Science (MSc) by Research Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. This is a fantastic opportunity for postgraduate progression while tuition fees are covered by the School of Pharmacy.

The four available scholarships are for students interested in applying to work on the following research projects:

Prevalence of ever user, current user and factors associated with e-cigarette and vaping among university students.

Supervisors: Dr. Keivan Ahmadi; Dr. Paul F Grassby

Design of emulgel drug delivery system of sorbitol derivatives gelators to improve the skin permeability of hydrophilic and hydrophobic drugs.

Supervisor: Dr. Tamim Chalati 

Synthesis and evaluation of water-soluble macrocycles for the recognition, differentiation and sensing of methyllysines.

Supervisor Dr Tobias Gruber 

Chemical and biological studies on antibiotics to Target Bacterial Cell wall Synthesis.

Supervisor Dr Ishwar Singh 

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“I am currently halfway through my PhD research in which I am exploring the nature of wandering cats and cat management in the UK; paying close attention to electronic containment fences for cats and assessing their potential welfare implications. Through my work with the School of Life Sciences, I had the chance to appear on a BBC documentary in which the team and I were filmed exploring the hidden life of the domestic cat. This provided a great opportunity to disseminate our research to the broader public and the programme was well received by a national audience. I came to Lincoln as I was interested in joining a university that is making incredible gains. The University puts in a lot of effort to provide tailored support for its postgraduate students.”

Kevin Mahon, PhD student in the School of Life Sciences

The Doctoral School

The Doctoral School at the University of Lincoln provides a highly collegiate setting where our postgraduates can enjoy support for their research studies, as well as acclimatise and integrate into academic life. It is a dedicated department for postgraduate students promoting the opportunities for postgraduate activities and championing the interests of postgraduate students throughout the University. The Doctoral School offers education and training courses for both students and academic colleagues, monitors student satisfaction, hosts networking and social events, and organises an annual Postgraduate Student Conference. Our aim is to fully engage the postgraduate community and support and enhance the student journey.


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