A PhD studentship is available as part of an AHRC research grant for the project: Laser Enhanced Biotechnology for Textile Design (LEBIOTEX). The project contributes to the development of sustainable textile design processes by investigations into laser and enzymatic processing technologies and their combination to achieve surface patterning on textiles. The project is a collaborative venture between De Montfort University and Loughborough University. The studentship will focus on the biotechnology aspects of the project applied to textile design. The work will involve the development and application of enzyme processing techniques for textiles in conjunction with laser processing. The successful applicant will be based at De Montfort University but will work within the inter-university project team. Applicants should have a background in textiles or a relevant scientific discipline such as chemistry or biochemistry and be willing to embrace scientific working methodologies to complement creative experimentation with the materials and processes in question. The successful applicant will hold good communication and team skills in addition to the ability to work in an independent manner.
Applications are invited from candidates who have an Honours degree in a relevant subject. In addition applicants must have met all the requirements for a Master’s qualification (or equivalent) prior to the start date of their studentship. Doctoral scholarships are available for up to three years full-time study starting no later than July 2012 and provide a bursary of £13,590 per annum in addition to University tuition fees at UK/EU rates. In accordance with AHRC eligibility criteria, applicants must be eligible to pay fees at UK/EU rates.