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At the University of Lincoln, postgraduate students are an integral part of our research community. They work alongside talented academics and researchers from around the world, contributing to our growing reputation for internationally excellent research.

There are opportunites to get involved in exciting research projects by applying for a studentship. The University offers a range of studentships including funded and part-funded opportunities, please refer to the current studentships information below.  

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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Agri-Food Robotics: AgriFoRwArdS

The University of Lincoln has launched the world's first Centre for Doctoral Training in Agri-Food Robotics in collaboration with the University of Cambridge and the University of East Anglia. This new advanced training centre in agri-food robotics is creating the largest ever cohort of Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) specialists for the global food and farming sectors, thanks to a multi-million pound funding award the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Applications are now open for entry into the CDT programme, starting in October 2021.

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Current Studentship Opportunities

Use the dropdown menus below to browse current funded and part-funded studentship opportunities at the University of Lincoln, listed by academic College. 

Studentship Terms and Conditions

College of Science

Recovery of Metals/raw Materials from Wastes, Residues, and Ashes Produced Through the Thermochemical Conversion of Phytomined Biomass

PhD Fee Waiver Scholarship

Reference Number: ENG008

Project Leads: Dr Jose Gonzalez-Rodriguez, Dr Abby Samson

Overview

Heavy metal contaminated land covers a large expanse throughout Europe and is often considered unsuitable for agriculture. Certain biomass crops have been identified as capable of phytoremediating such land (including Miscanthus).

This presents great opportunities in terms of land utilisation and remediation, but also poses interesting challenges with the production of a now contaminated biomass fuel. The heavy metal uptake of this fuel makes it unsuitable for traditional thermochemical use. There is also an excellent opportunity to recover metals and raw materials from this fuel, which would aid in the EU’s challenge of finding new sources of raw materials and also render this contaminated fuel usable once again.

This PhD project will focus on the following issues:

  • Metal uptake by biomass from contaminated land (efficacy of uptake, determination of which metals are absorbed, metal concentrations and partitioning within the plant).
  • Partitioning and fate of metals within waste streams from typical thermochemical conversion routes (pyrolysis, combustion and gasification). 
  • Development of novel methods for metal recovery from untreated fuels as well as from each of the waste streams through the use of molecularly imprinted polymers.
  • Development of online sensors to aid in the detection of the metals in the different treatment streams.

Funding Package

The scholarship covers tuition fees for the PhD up to the value of the UK/EU fee level. Overseas students may apply and the student will be responsible for the difference between the UK/EU, and overseas fee level. The grant holder will also be exempt from paying bench fees.

As living costs are not covered by this award, it is assumed that the grant holder will be applying for a PhD loan from the government (£25,000) for the three years research in order to guarantee a steady income to support themselves during their studies. However, candidates may secure other funds to pay for their living and maintenance during their PhD.

Contact: 

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Jose Gonzalez-Rodriguez (jgonzalezrodriguez@lincoln.ac.uk) or Dr Abby Samson (asamson@lincoln.ac.uk) for further information and to discuss details of the application.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have an appropriate Master’s degree. Suitably qualified candidates worldwide may apply, although International students must self-fund the difference between the International and UK/EU fee rate. 

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Details

Applications are open until the vacancy is filled.

Open for UK, EU, and Overseas Students.

Tuition Fees included (capped at UK/EU level).

Living expenses are not included.

 

PhD Studentship

Parallel Development of Novel Antimicrobial Cosmetics and Diagnostics for SARS-CoV-2

The University of Lincoln is offering one fully-funded PhD studentship within the laboratory of Dr Matthew Bates, Senior lecturer in microbiology specialising in diagnostics and global health. The studentship is supported by one of the UK’s leading cosmetic manufacturers, Potter & Moore Innovations Ltd.

The SARS-CoV-2 global pandemic has brought into sharp focus the importance of infection prevention and control for emerging and re-emerging pathogens. The incorporation of antimicrobial properties into high quality cosmetics such as moisturisers and skin creams is an appealing approach towards infection control, as these are popular products that are widely used, and would complement the role of dedicated hand sanitiser products, in reducing transmission of pandemic pathogens like SARS-CoV-2, and also combat the transmission of common endemic respiratory and gut pathogens. The project will involve collaboration with Potter & Moore to develop and evaluate novel formulations of these products.

A key component of infection prevention and control are laboratory diagnostics. Accurate diagnostic tests that can rapidly differentiate infectious from non-infectious individuals, are a powerful tool in the fight against SARS-CoV-2, and have played a similar role in other recent emerging infectious disease outbreaks, such as those caused by ebola or zika virus. The most commonly used assays (qPCR) require considerable lab infrastructure and biomedical human resource capacity to implement, and are difficult to rapidly scale-up, as has been so evident in the UK’s response to SARs-CoV-2. The project will involve the development of novel gold nanoparticle-based diagnostics for SARS-CoV-2 and other candidate pathogens with the goal of developing rapid diagnostics that can be easily scaled to mount an effective diagnostic response to emerging pathogens.

We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD student to drive forward these two complimentary projects, each of which will form a result chapter for the final PhD thesis. A third results chapter will be based on preliminary validation studies of one of the above technologies, exploiting biobanks and clinical resources that we have access to through our global health partners. This is a unique opportunity to be involved in ground-breaking research, and to also gain insight into product development and innovation with industry.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant area. Applicants with a relevant Master's are particularly welcome.

Applicants should possess excellent report writing and English language communication skills and an ability to work to deadlines.

How to Apply

An application of a 2-page CV and covering letter to Dr Matthew Bates (mbates@lincoln.ac.uk) explaining your motivations for applying for this studentship, which includes responses to the following questions:

1) Which technology do you think will supplant PCR as the go-to method for molecular diagnostics over the next two decades?

2) In the public health response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, which are more important and why: hand sanitizers or diagnostics?

3) What do you think the relative strengths and weaknesses are of both industry and academia, in responding to the pandemic?

Closing Date: 12 October 2020 at 12pm

Interviews: Week commencing 19 October 2020

Start Date: 08 January 2021 - Academic Year 2020-21

Funding

This studentship is for a start date in the Academic Year of 2020/21 and covers the full PhD fees for a maximum of 3 years full-time study. The candidate will have a stipend/living allowance of £15,258 per annum. Tuition fees are included (for Home/EU/ fee level). The funding is open to UK and EU students only.

Duration: 36 months

Reference: 2AK-138 -01

College of Social Science

PhD GTA Funded Studentship: Education and Training in Lincolnshire Police

This project funded by Lincolnshire Police offers an opportunity to spend three years empirically assessing the policing education qualification framework (PEQF). This assessment will involve following a cohort of police trainees in Lincolnshire Police and conducting focus groups, surveys and interviews. You will also be comparing your results with research, to be conducted by you, in another comparable police force.

The successful candidate would ideally have a practical awareness of criminal justice, although expertise in policing is not required. Previous experience of conducting empirical research is desirable, but not essential.

For further details contact Professor Karen Harrison: karenharrison@lincoln.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a first or upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant area. Applicants with a relevant Masters degree are particularly welcome.

Applicants should possess excellent report writing and English language communication skills and an ability to work to deadlines.

How to Apply

An application of a 1-page CV and 1-page covering letter including a brief insight into the research topic area should be e-mailed to Maureen Young (studentshipscss@lincoln.ac.uk). Those called for interview will be required to complete an application form and prepare a presentation. Please quote the above reference number in the subject line of the email.

Closing Date: Friday 30 October

Interviews: Friday 13 November 2020

Start date: Tuesday 1 December 2020

Funding

This studentship is for a start date in the academic year of 2020/21 and covers the full PhD fees for a maximum of three years full-time study. The candidate will have a stipend/living allowance of £15,258 per annum. Tuition fees are included (for Home/EU fee level).

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

The studentship may require you to do up to six hours of teaching or related work per week, the income from which will go towards the cost of your tuition fees and any surplus fees will be paid by the College

Duration: 36 months

Reference: 2AS-20-1

 

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