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PhD Studentship – A synthetic biology approach to identifying mini-protein inhibitors of ion channels


Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:   Sunday 31 August 2014
Interview Date:  
Reference:  378914EB

PhD Supervisor: Dr. Ali Tavassoli

 Application Deadline: position will be closed once a suitable candidate has been identified

PhD Description: We are seeking academically excellent and motivated individual to join the Tavassoli lab as a PhD student. The project is sponsored by Pfizer and the EPSRC, and focuses on the development of a synthetic biology approach for the identification of mini-protein inhibitors of medically relevant ion channels.

This project is multidisciplinary, with research being conducted at the interface of chemistry and biology. Training and support will be provided in variety of chemical and biochemical techniques by members of the Tavassoli research group, who are based at the School of Chemistry, and at the Cancer Research UK Centre in the Faculty of Medicine.

The successful candidate is expected to have a first class degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or a related subject from a leading university. Prior experience with chemical synthesis or molecular biology will be an advantage. The project start date will be Oct 2014.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr. Ali Tavassoli by email (ali1@soton.ac.uk). More information about the Tavassoli lab is available online at http://www.personal.soton.ac.uk/ali1

 The project is funded for 3.5 years and welcomes applicants from the UK and EU who have or expect to obtain at least an upper second class degree in chemistry, biochemistry or a related disciplines. Funding will cover fees and a stipend at current research council rates of £ 13,863 per annum.

Due to funding restrictions this position is only open to UK/EU applicants

Applications for an PhD in Chemistry should be submitted online at:


Please enter Dr Tavassoli in the field for proposed supervisor.

General enquiries should be made to Dr. Ali Tavassoli at ali1@soton.ac.uk.  Any queries on the application process should be made to pgafnes@soton.ac.uk

Applications will be considered in the order that they are received, and the position will be considered filled when a suitable candidate has been identified

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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