Industrial PhD Studentship - Antibiotic Resistance and Natural Product Chemistry in the Medicines Research Group

University of East London
November 27, 2022
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Industrial PhD Studentship - Antibiotic Resistance and Natural Product

Chemistry in the Medicines Research Group

Location: Other Post Type: Full Time Closing Date: Sunday 27 November 2022 Reference: PHD002R2022

Funding amount: Up to £16,700 per annum

Director of Studies: Dr Mukhlesur Rahman (

Industrially supported PhD Studentship: Development of novel antibacterial therapeutics from propolis with potential activity against multi-drug resistant bacteria and methicillin resistance Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and development of knowledge exchange activities exploring KTP

Applications are invited for a fully-funded Industrial PhD studentship to undertake research in the area of Antibiotic Resistance and Natural Product Chemistry in the Medicines Research Group, University of East London. The successful PhD candidate will collaborate and work with the Nature's Laboratory Limited.

The Medicine Research Group (https: // www. school-health-sport-bioscience/medicines-research-group-mrg) at UEL has world-wide reputation of carrying out research on medicinal plants for the characterization of unexplored phytochemicals. Nature's Laboratory ( has been researching on herbs, propolis and bee products to explore their medicinal properties including antibacterial agents. Considering today's issue of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), the project will focus on propolis and its extracts that have been used for the treatment of infections. We apply bioassay directed approaches for the isolation and identification of new antibacterial agents using techniques including HPLC, mass spectrometry and NMR spectroscopy. So, we seek expertise in natural product chemistry to join our team and contribute to research for the characterization of new antimicrobial compounds with efficacy against multi- drug resistant bugs.

This industrial PhD studentship is an opportunity for a PhD candidate to work in collaboration with an internationally recognised interdisciplinary team at UEL and Nature's Laboratory to become an expert in drug discovery from natural source, particularly propolis, using the state of art chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques.

Value of the Award:

  • Full tuition fees (UK rate), a tax-free stipend of up to £16,700 per annum and core research costs for three years.
  • The position is open to home applicants. International applicants who are prepared to pay the tuition fees difference between the international and UK can also apply.
  • Eligibility and entry requirements:

    Applicants must have an excellent honours degree (1st class or 2:1 or international equivalent) in Pharmacy, Biochemistry, Pharmaceutical Science, Chemistry or relevant disciplines and relevant MSc. Evidence of undertaking a laboratory based, primary research project is essential. Applicants must also have excellent communication skills and a very high level of written and spoken English. Where English is not the applicant's first language, a minimum IELTS Academic English score of 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components is required.

    The holder of the studentship will be expected to:

  • Work at UEL and Nature's Laboratory.
  • Complete their doctoral studies and submit their dissertation within 3 years.
  • Prepare papers for submission to peer-reviewed journals.
  • Participate in and contribute to research activities of the School and activities relevant to their sponsors.
  • Application Process:

    Eligible applicants should apply by sending academic CV and a 1000 word research proposal based on the PhD title to include: 1) a summary of the extant literature and 2) areas for future research by email to HSB PGR Admin

    When sending documents by email please state the project title and name of the Director of Studies in the subject.

    Closing Date and Start Date:

    Informal enquiries about the studentship should be addressed to the Director of Studies stated above.

    The closing date for completed applications is 27 November 2022.

    Interviews will be held 09 December 2022. Start date will be January 2023.

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