PhD Studentship - Synthetic membranes for separation and release processes in biomedical application

Birmingham, West Midlands
07 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Applications are invited for a three year Postgraduate studentship, supported by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, to be undertaken within the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry department linked to the Aston Institute of Materials Research at Aston University. The successful applicant will join an established experimental group working on synthesis and characterisation of hydrogels for biomedical applications.

The starting date of this position is subject to negotiation.

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.

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 of the Project

Membranes are a key component in the functioning of the human body and other processes such as energy conversion and storage systems. Synthetic membranes are used in separation processes that include water desalination, purification of bio-products and foods, gas separation and pervaporation. In the medical field, artificial membranes are critical in processes that require micro- and ultrafiltration, e.g. renal, hepatic and pancreatic dialysis, and for controlled drug delivery. Biological membranes are complex in structure and function. They play a critical role in complex and specific transport tasks, which they accomplish quickly and efficiently with minimal expenditure of energy when healthy. Although progress has been made, synthetic membranes are yet to fully mimic the complex tasks carried out by biological membranes. The aim of this project is to serve as a platform to further the understanding of the transport mechanisms of synthetic membranes and the ability to alter this as desired by the application.

Person Specification

The successful applicant should have a first class or upper second class honours degree or equivalent qualification in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material Science, Biomedical Engineering or similar. Preferred skill requirements include knowledge/experience of commercial operations, laboratory procedures, analytical chemistry, Microsoft Office, project management, modelling and good communication and written skills.

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

For informal enquiries about this project and other opportunities within the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry Department, contact Dr Anisa Mahomed by email

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

The online application form, reference forms and details of entry requirements, including English language are available here.

Applications must also be accompanied by either a research proposal giving an overview of the main themes of the research, and explaining how your knowledge and experience will benefit the project.

Details of how to write your project proposal are also included in the How to Apply section.

Closing Date: 15 June 2018

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