Optom PhD Studentships
Cardiff University, College of Health and Life Sciences
PhD Studentship funded by MRC
3-D structural studies of normal and pathological corneas
Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD studentship in the Structural Biophysics Group funded by the Medical Research Council.
The cornea is the primary refracting element in the eye, and over recent years it has become the focus of intense study as new surgeries and laser refractive procedures have been introduced. Despite this, the bases of its precise shape, mechanical properties and remarkable transparency are not known. We have on-going programmes studying corneal structure and transparency using synchrotron x-ray diffraction and a range of microscopical techniques. Recently, we purchased a volume scanning electron microscope, only the fifth of its kind in the UK, which will allow us to carry out 3-D reconstructions at the ultrastructural level.
As world leaders in the field, we are funded by a £1.8million programme grant from the MRC as well as grants from BBSRC, Fight for Sight and the Wellcome Trust. Although much of our x-ray work is carried out at the Diamond Light Source (Didcot), we regularly use synchrotrons in France and in Japan. The project will therefore involve travel to these countries as well as to the USA.
Students must hold, or expect to obtain in the near future, a BSc (2(i) or better) or MSc or equivalent in Physics, Biology or any relevant scientific discipline. No previous experience of the specific techniques used is required as these will be taught.
Please note that due to funding restrictions, funding is only available for EU nationals.
Application forms are available from Mrs Susan Hobbs (Hobbss1@cf.ac.uk).
Closing date: 31st July 2013
Enquiries about the project can be made to Professor Keith Meek (email@example.com) Tel: +44(0)2920876317)
Research Associate in Visual Neuroscience & Molecular Biology
Visual Neuroscience and Molecular Biology Research Group, School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, College of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Cardiff University
Reference Number: 1056BR
One position is available for a Research Associate to work on a National Eye Research Centre funded project, to direct and conduct research into the treatment of mitochondrial eye disease by idebenone therapy.
You will work as part of multi-disciplinary group with an international reputation for studies the role of the mitochondrial pro-fusion protein, Opa1, in retinal ganglion cell disease and novel therapeutic intervention.
Enthusiastic and committed applicants in Biological Sciences who are self-motivated are invited to apply. This post is open to all candidates who have at least a 2.i honours degree (or equivalent) and a PhD in molecular biology, molecular genetics, cell biology, biochemistry, developmental biology, neuroscience or related subjects, or other relevant equivalent research experience, experience in murine models, microscopy and a demonstrable history of contributing to excellent publications in the area. The School houses extensive research facilities in a dedicated new building on the Cathays Park campus near Cardiff city centre.
This is a full time position, fixed term for 1 year, available from 1 July 2013.
Salary £30,424- £36, 298 per annum. (Grade 6).
See the full job specification and person specification Here.Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.
Visual Neuroscience - Fight for Sight Research Studentship
Reference Number: R1040
Regions: EU (Non UK), UK
Key Award Information
Applications are invited for a Fight for Sight funded PhD studentship in Light therapy for retinal ganglion cell degeneration to start in October 2013.