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  • Find current job opportunities in the research group.

    We currently have no research positions advertised. Specific open vacancies will be advertised here when they come available.

    Applying for an externally-funded independent Research Fellowship?

    We welcome enquiries from highly qualified candidates who are looking for a host department for a fellowship application, including for those funded by EPSRC, JSPSRoyal SocietyRoyal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society of Edinburgh, and The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

  • Apply for our World-leading St Andrews PhD Scholarship

    The growth of resistance to antibiotics means that antimicrobial resistance (AMR), including bacteria, fungi and viruses, could overtake cancer as a cause of death. Finding novel approaches to combat (multidrug resistant) bacteria has therefore become very important. This project will explore an the use of photodynamic therapy (PDT) to kill bacteria and other pathogens. PDT is a treatment which uses light in combination with a light-sensitive drug to generate reactive oxygen species that then kill neighbouring cells. It is used in many parts of the world to treat common skin cancers (e.g. basal cell carcinoma). So far, PDT has used large and expensive hospital-based light sources, notably lasers, filtered lamps or large arrays of LEDs. These cumbersome light sources have limited its use to specialized centres that have the particular equipment required. In this project we will explore organic light-emitting diodes as compact, lightweight and wearable light sources for PDT, together with a new technique to measure their effectiveness.

    This World-Leading St Andrews studentship is a collaboration between the Schools of Medicine and Physics and Astronomy and will be supervised by Dr Robert Hammond, Professor Stephen H. Gillespie, and Dr Ben Parcell (School of Medicine) and Professor Ifor D. W. Samuel (School of Physics and Astronomy).

    Further details on how to apply.

  • View all our advertised PhD projects, funding information, and how to apply.

    We welcome applications from well-qualified candidates to study for a PhD.  We have  PhD projects available across our research activities, with topics ranging from materials physics to optoelectronic devices, and their applications including in biophotonics, sensors, and communications.

    View a list of all our advertised PhD projects  (opens in new tab)

    Further information on funding, and how to apply for a PhD at the University of St Andrews, is available on the School of Physics & Astronomy Postgraduate Research Courses page (opens in new tab)