Marie Curie PhD Fellowship on MRI of biofilms at the University of Birmingham, UK

Title: Visualising via Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) the Increase in Flow Through Channels in Biofilms.
This project will apply and develop Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) techniques to study the control of biofilms. MRI will be used to investigate the increase in flow through the channels formed in biofilms.
Project objectives
1. Image biofilm formation, visualise flow and diffusion properties within and surrounding the biofilm and monitor the development of channels within the biofilm matrix.
2. Link MR images of biofilm structure with transport behaviour to determine structure/flow relationships for the biofilm.

3. Identify the most effective approaches to control the development of biofilms via MRI.
This Marie Curie PhD Fellowship is in collaboration with Procter & Gamble (P&G) and 15 researchers across Europe. During this fellowship, it is anticipated that the research performed will form all or part of your studies towards a PhD awarded by the University of Birmingham, UK. The researcher will be based at the University of Birmingham, with opportunities for secondments with project partners within the consortium.
The PhD fellowship is available from 1 October 2016. Fixed term for 36 months.
Candidates must have a degree in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering/Physics, or a closely related discipline.

Candidates can be of any nationality, but cannot have been resident in the UK for the 3 years prior to their recruitment.

Enquiries to Dr Melanie Britton (, School of Chemistry, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

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To apply, email a curriculum vitae, degree transcripts and at least two professional references to Dr Melanie Britton, at