- Type of research degree
- Application deadline
- Ongoing deadline
- Project start date
- Thursday 1 October 2020
- Country eligibility
- International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
- Dr Helen Chappell
- School of Food Science and Nutrition
In this project you will be examining the structure of the organic component of mammalian bone, collagen. You will use first principles quantum mechanical simulations to understand how the protein interacts with free ions, particularly trace nutrients, e.g. Si, which have been shown to have important effects on the structure. The project will use first principles methods, e.g. CASTEP, to understand the detailed chemistry of this tissue and to explain long-standing experimental observations regarding the essentiality of certain nutrients for connective tissue health and integrity.<br /> You should have an interest in computational chemistry and a background in chemistry, physics, maths or another scientific discipline.
<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/rsa/prospective_students/apply/I_want_to_apply.html">University's website</a>. Please state clearly in the research information section that the research degree you wish to be considered for is Computational Modelling of Bone Collagen as well as <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/food-nutrition/staff/8211/dr-helen-chappell">Dr Helen Chappell </a>as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University's minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>
Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.
The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.
<p><strong>Self-funding students are welcome to apply.</strong></p> <p><strong>UK students</strong> – The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/138-leeds-doctoral-scholarships-2021-january-deadline">Leeds Doctoral Scholarship (January deadline)</a> is available to UK applicants. <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/60-alumni-bursary">Alumni Bursary</a> is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.</p> <p><strong>Non-UK students</strong> –The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/48-china-scholarship-council-university-of-leeds-scholarships-2021">China Scholarship Council - University of Leeds Scholarship</a> is available to nationals of China. The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/73-leeds-marshall-scholarship">Leeds Marshall Scholarship</a> is available to support US citizens. <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/60-alumni-bursary">Alumni Bursary</a> is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.</p>
<p>For further information please contact Dr Helen Chappell:<br /> e: <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>, t: +44 (0)113 343 0657.</p>
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