MSc by Research - Flow cytometry for rapid analysis of microbiological water quality
Posted date [2012-Aug-17] (ID: 2023)
Supported by Scottish Water, a studentship up to £16,500 p.a. for 1 year plus UK/EU Fees* is available
The Cranfield Water Science Institute (CWSI) is a leading UK institution for research into water and wastewater treatment. We are seeking a highly motived graduate to join us to work on an exciting project, the aim of which is to apply flow cytometry as a rapid method for microbiological water quality assessment.
This powerful technology uses different fluorescent stains to assess total cell numbers and live cell numbers in a fraction of the time required with traditional methods. Apart from evaluating the usefulness of the technology as a fast operational tool, the application will mainly be to determine microbial numbers in selected raw and treated waters and to monitor variations over time.
This role involves the experimental setup and calibration of a newly purchased flow cytometer in CWSI in coordination with the project supervisor. Once protocols are established, the technology will be applied to real world samples in collaboration with the project sponsor, Scottish Water, to topics considered relevant by the steering committee. Scottish Water is committed to ensure highest microbiological standards and best customer service.
The project will be based in Cranfield for 2 months and in Scotland for the remaining 10 months.
Supervisor Dr Andreas Nocker
You will have a BSc degree in Microbiology or related subject (minimum level 2.1) and be self-motivated, innovative and enthusiastic, with good written and verbal communication skills. In return, you will have the chance to get familiar with cutting edge technology for microbiological water quality assessment and to work at the interface between academia and industry.
*Sup ported by the project sponsor, Scottish Water, this studentship will cover the tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and provide a bursary of up to £16,500 p.a. for one year.
How to apply
For more information and an application form, please visit www.cranfield.ac.uk/sas/studentships
Or contact the School of Applied Sciences
T: 44 (0)1234 754086