13th February 2017 : PhD studentship in Theoretical Biophysics – Cambridge U.

A BBSRC DTP targeted PhD studentship is available in the Department of
Physics to investigate the mechanosensitivity of cells. Sensing the
stiffness (elastic modulus or viscosity) of the environment requires
specific physical mechanisms. In developing a theoretical model of this
process, three aspects are needed: (a) understanding the individual
sensor mechanism, (b) mapping the signalling feedback loop that leads to
the cell phenotypical response, and (c) identifying mechanisms of sensor
coupling, leading to clustering and emergence of focal adhesions. This
project is suitable for a candidate with a good first degree (Masters
pass) in Physics, Physical Chemistry or Materials Science.

The successful candidate would have interests, and preferably some
experience in theoretical work in mechanics and statistical physics, as
well as being able to read and process biological literature. In
addition to the primary PhD research, they will participate in DTP
training courses, two 10-week rotation projects, a three-month
internship and be invited to all DTP events and activities.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 4 years. The award
covers all University fees and provides a tax-free stipend of £14,296
p.a. (index linked). The studentship is available for UK and EEA
students who meet the UK residency requirements. Students from EEA
countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be
eligible for a fees-only award. The University has a responsibility to
ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Informal enquiries should be made in the first instance to Professor
Eugene Terentjev (emt1000@cam.ac.uk). To make an application, follow the
procedure outlined on the Department website
https://www.phy.cam.ac.uk/admissions/graduate, making sure to mention
the BSS research group and/or the name of Prof. Terentjev in the form.