Applying bioengineering to energy challenges: analysing and modelling electrical devices made using synthetic biological components

Synthetic biology and bionanotechnology can be used to create electrical devices such as biophotovoltaics. These systems have the potential to make a significant impact in the renewable energy sector, but in order to make them effectively we need models that can predict how they will behave.

The aim of this project will be to develop quantitative tools to be used in the development of technologies that address pressing challenges in the energy sector and are based on re-engineered biological components. It is anticipated that the student will collaborate with other members of the group who will be building proof-of-concept prototypes in the laboratory.

This is an interdisciplinary project. Applications are welcome from candidates who have a background in electrical/electronic engineering, physics or a similar (quantitative) subject. It is not essential to have studied biology before, but some knowledge of the basics is an advantage and a willingness to learn about the subject is essential.

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Closing Date: 

Thursday, February 28, 2019
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Minimum entry qualification - an Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or International equivalent) in electrical/electronic engineering, physics or a related (quantitative) subject, possibly supported by an MSc Degree. Further information on English language requirements for EU/Overseas applicants.


Outstanding applicants may be nominated for consideration for School-funded studentships if they fulfil the appropriate eligibility criteria (Home students or EU students resident in UK for 3 years). 

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