PhD Studentship, Evaluating Novel Bioactive Materials for Bone Cancer Treatment

Birmingham, United Kingdom
Monday, 10 December 2018
End of advertisement period
Friday, 1 February 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Engineering and Applied Science - Studentships

Location:      Aston University Main Campus
Contract Type:      Fixed Term (for 3.5 years)
Basis:      Full Time
Closing Date:      23.59 hours GMT on Friday 01 February 2019

Applications are invited for a three and a half year Postgraduate studentship, supported by Sarcoma UK to be undertaken within the Biomaterials Research Group at Aston University. The successful applicant will join an established experimental group working on novel materials for bone cancer therapies.  

The position is available to start in April 2019

Financial Support

This studentship includes a fee bursary to cover the home/EU fees rate, plus a maintenance allowance of £14,777 in 2018/19 (subject to eligibility). 

Overseas Applicants

Applicants from outside the EU may apply for this studentship but will need to pay the difference between the ‘Home/EU’ and the ‘Overseas’ tuition fees, currently this is £12,290 in 2018/19.

As part of the application you will be required to confirm that you have applied for, or, secured this additional funding.

Background to the Project

Survival for bone cancer patients is poor despite the aggressive combined use of surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiotherapy. Secondary or metastasis cancers are particularly prevalent in bone tissue locations. To improve clinical outcomes, novel therapeutic materials are required.

The PhD project aims to develop new bioactive materials to improve clinical outcomes for patients suffering from bone cancer. The developed materials will provide a control release of key metal ions to selectively induce tumour cell death and simultaneously stimulate grow new bone. 

Recently our group have developed very promising synthetic bioactive materials. This studentship will undertake a series of in-vitro and in-vivo studies to fully characterise these materials with the aim of developing and optimising materials for human applications. The project will involve working with established animal models.

Person Specification

Applications are invited from ambitious, self-motivated scientists to study and develop novel materials for bone cancer applications. Applicants with a keen interest in cell biology, cancer studies are particularly encouraged to apply. 

The successful applicant should have a first class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification in biological sciences. Preferred skill requirements include knowledge/ experience of cellular, molecular or cancer biology and material science  

We would particularly like to encourage applications from women seeking to progress their academic careers. Aston University is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, recognised recently by a prestigious Silver Award to EAS, and we pride ourselves on our vibrant, friendly and supportive working environment and family atmosphere.

Contact information

For formal enquiries about this project contact Dr Richard Martin by email at and 

Submitting an application

Details of how to submit your application, and the necessary supporting documents can be found here.  

Applications must also be accompanied by a research review providing an overview of the main themes of the research as detailed in the Background to the Project section above.  This should demonstrate your understanding of the research area and how your knowledge and experience will benefit the project.

If you require further information about the application process please contact the Postgraduate Admissions team at

Further particulars and application forms are available in alternative formats on request i.e. large print, Braille, tape or CD Rom.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact HR via