PhD Studentship

Synthetic Chemistry: Chemical Probes for Fluorescence Imaging


Qualification: PhD
Location: Edinburgh
Funding: UK students, EU students
Bursary: £14,510 p/a
Hours: Full Time
Closing date for applications: 31st May 2017


The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) have sponsored a £11.5M Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC) between the Universities of Edinburgh, Bath, and Heriot-Watt.

The IRC (Bradley Research Group) have a 3-year (36 months) PhD studentship available in the area of synthetic chemistry and optical medical imaging, and are looking to recruit a high-calibre postgraduate student to join this dynamic multi-disciplinary, world-class team delivering major benefits for patient care.

The project will be based in the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. The candidate will require skills in chemical synthesis, and will work on the development of fluorescent imaging probes (synthesis of small molecules, peptides, fluorophores, etc.). The applicant must have a keen interest in biomedical applications. Training will be provided to enable probes to be developed/synthesised to clinical grade in our in-house GMP facilities.


More Information:

You may refer to the following two papers:

A labelled-ubiquicidin antimicrobial peptide for immediate in situ optical detection of live bacteria in human alveolar lung tissue
A. Akram, N. Avlonitis, A. Lilienkampf et al.
Chemical Science, Vol. 6, Issue 12, pp. 6971-6979 (2015)

Optical molecular imaging of lysyl oxidase activity – detection of active fibrogenesis in human lung tissue
A. Aslam, A. Miele, Su. V. Chankeshwara, A. Megia-Fernandez, et al.
Chemical Science, 2015, 6, 4946-4953


Application Process:

To apply, please submit the following to the email addresses given below:

  1. Cover letter, stating clearly why you are interested in applying for an IRC studentship
  2. A full, up-to-date C.V. (including contact address outside of term-time)
  3. Names and addresses of TWO academic referees.

Dr Annamaria Lilienkampf (
Dr Anne Moore (

The closing date for applications is  31 May 2017 at 17:00 (GMT)

The studentship is available to start on 1st September 2017.

PLEASE NOTE: Funding is available only to EU/UK students who satisfy RCUK residency rules (


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