Projects

We are currently advertising DTP and CASE studentships for October 2019 start. Information on deadline dates and how to apply can be accessed via the project details.

18 / 03 / 2019

Engineering Enzymes for Animal Nutrition (HEMMINGS_U19CASE2)

how to apply

This is a collaborative programme of hypothesis-driven research between UK industry, AB Vista, and the UEA. The industrial partner is one of the largest suppliers of enzymes for animal feed applications, and this project will provide training in enzyme discovery and enzyme engineering that have direct relevant to industry needs.

We offer an exciting PhD research studentship in the groups of Drs Andrew Hemmings (School of Chemistry) and Charles Brearley (School of Biological Sciences). The successful candidate will play a central role in attempts to engineer the catalytic and physiochemical properties of a new class of phytases to enhance their catalytic flexibility, enhancing their contribution to animal nutrition. To achieve this they will receive training in modern methods of enzyme engineering, molecular and structural biology, analytical biochemistry, microbiology and computational modelling. The research will make extensive use of local facilities including the Centre for Structural and Molecular Biochemistry (CMSB) and external facilities such as the synchrotron at the Diamond Light Source. 

Suitably qualified individuals will have a strong interest in protein chemistry and/or bioanalytical science and will hold, or expect to hold, a first or good upper second class honours undergraduate degree (or equivalent) from any of a range of disciplines including, but not restricted to biochemistry, biological chemistry and biological sciences.