Aston University PhD Scholarships 2020 for UK-EU Students


Aston University PhD Scholarships 2020 for UK-EU Students – Aston University is offering PhD Positions (Bioprocessing and Functional Magnetic Nanomaterials) supported by the School of Engineering and Applied Science to encourage UK and EU people seeking to progress their academic careers.

Aston University PhD Scholarships 2020 for UK-EU Students

A three-year postgraduate studentship is available for those applicants who have a first-class or upper second-class honours degree or equivalent qualification in bio/chemical engineeringbiotechnology or any other relevant subject area.

Aston University is a long-established research-led university. It recognised for its world-class teaching quality and a secure connection to businesses and professions.

Why at Aston University? AU is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, known recently by a prestigious Silver Award to EAS. At Auston, they pride themselves on their vibrant, friendly and supportive working environment and atmosphere.

Application Deadline: January 31, 2020.

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: Aston University
  • Department: NA
  • Course Level: PhD
  • Award: Home/EU tuition fees and a monthly maintenance allowance
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Number of Awards: NA
  • Nationality: International
  • Awards can take in the United Kingdom


  • Eligible Countries: All nationalities are eligible for the program
  • Acceptable Course or Subjects:
  • Admissible Criteria: Candidates must check all the following criteria:
  • EU/UK candidates are eligible
  • BSc or MSc qualification in Biochemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Environmental Sciences or equivalent
  • Experience in experimental work, intermediate use of Microsoft Office and use of statistical analysis tools
  • Skill requirements in one or more of the following disciplines are preferred: knowledge/experience fermentation technology, microbiology, bioanalytical techniques and nanotechnologies.
  • knowledge in bioreactors, fermentation technology or genetic engineering is an asset

How to Apply

    • How to Apply: If you are interested in a PhD project at Aston University, read the guidance notes and complete the application form.
    • Supporting Documents: Certified Copies of qualifications gained, e.g. for Postgraduate this will be degree certificate and transcripts, English Language test certificate (if appropriate) like IELTS/TOEFL, Research proposal, Passport scan, A copy of sponsor letter if proper/available, Copies of any other supporting documentation which may use to help support your application
  • Entry Requirements: Must have BSc or MSc qualification in Biochemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Environmental Sciences or equivalent as well as Knowledge of aseptic techniques, microbiology and bioanalytical techniques
  • Language Requirement: English Language (Overall min score of 6.5 IELTS). A minimum requirement can found here.


  • The PhD position is a funded 3-year PhD studentship that includes fee support to cover the standard Home/EU tuition fees rate. Scholars will also get a monthly maintenance allowance.
  • The position is accessible to start in April, July or October 2020 (subject to negotiation).
  • The positive candidate will join an established experimental group working on the production of functional and biologically synthesised materials for healthcare and biotechnological applications.

Other Information:

  • The application should indicate the title of the offered research topic as well as the name of the primary supervisor (Dr Alfred Fernandez-Castane).
  • Applications should provide a research proposal describing your intended research methods and plan, supported by an appropriate literature review on the selected topic.
  • The applicants should also demonstrate how their knowledge and experience will benefit the project.
  • Candidates are encouraged to contact Dr Alfred Fernandez-Castane by email before applying
  • References:
  1. Fernandez-Castane, A. & Clarke-Bland, C. (2019) Unveiling magnetosome biomineralization in Magnetotactic Bacteria, Biochemist, 41, 4, p. 58-59.
  2. Fernandez-Castane, A., Li, H., Thomas, O. R. T. & Overton, T. W. (2018) Development of a simple intensified fermentation strategy for growth of Magnetospirillum gryphiswaldense MSR-1: Physiological responses to changing environmental conditions. New Biotechnol 46, p. 22-30
  3. Fernandez-Castane, A., Li, H., Thomas, O. R. T. & Overton, T. W. (2017) Flow cytometry as a rapid analytical tool to determine physiological responses to changing O2 and iron concentration by Magnetospirillum gryphiswaldense strain MSR-1. Sci Rep, 7.

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