The research group of medical microbiology (MBLG) is seeking a “self-funding” candidate for a 4-year PhD in biomedical research starting 15 September or 1st October 2017.
We are looking for a PhD student enthusiastic about tuberculosis disease. Your project will be to develop and validate new rapid diagnostic tests for tuberculosis (TB). More specifically by the development of assays based on antigen detection using the biomarker PE/PPE and by the development of molecular diagnostic test based on real time (RT)-PCR detection. This work will involve the expression and purification of the recombinant PE/PPE proteins, the production of monoclonal antibodies anti-PE/PPE and the clinical evaluation of the test developed. Your enthusiasm will help you to understand the current knowledge in this area. This is a multidisciplinary project.
The position (self-funding) is available for a 4-year period and your tasks as a PhD student will be to:
Manage and carry through your research project
Write scientific articles
Participate in scientific congress and meetings
Write your PhD thesis
Key criteria for the assessment of candidates:
MSc degree in biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology or equivalent
Professional qualifications relevant to the PhD programme
Previous research publications desirable
Should be fluent in both spoken and written English (French is a plus)
Dedication, hard worker and the ability to collaborate and profit from interactions with other members of the research group are additional success criteria
The application, in English, must be submitted electronically to the following email address :
Cover Letter, detailing your motivation and background for applying for the specific PhD project
Other information for consideration, e.g. list of publications (if any)
The University wishes our staff to reflect the diversity and thus welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background.
The deadline for applications is 1st September 2017. Applications received after the deadline for applications will not be considered.
After the expiry of the deadline for applications, an assessment committee will be appointed to evaluate the selected applications. The applicants will be notified of the composition of the committee and the final selection of a successful candidate will be made by the Head of Department, based on the recommendations of the assessment committee and the interview committee.
The main criterion for selection will be the research potential of the applicant and the above-mentioned skills. The successful candidate will then be requested to formally apply for enrolment as a PhD student at UCL.
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