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PhD Studentship

PhD Studentship: The changing epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the UK

University of Hull - School of Biological, Biomedical and Environmental Sciences

Qualification type:


Funding for:
UK Students, EU Students, International Students

Funding amount:
Fees + maintenance (UK/EU students; £13,863) for three years

Full Time

Placed on:
29th January 2015

20th February 2015

To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering one UK/EU PhD scholarship for candidates applying for the following project.

Principal Supervisor: 
Dr. Gavin Paterson

Studentship commences 28 September 2015

For further information: Email: Telephone: +44 (0)1482 465505

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Project outline

The bacterium Staphylococcus aureus is a major human pathogen, responsible for significant death and disease throughout the world. Treatment of S. aureus infection is complicated by antimicrobial resistance, in particular methicillin-resistant strains known as MRSA (methicillin-resistant S. aureus). MRSA strains are resistant to virtually all β-lactam antibiotics, formerly the treatment of choice for infection with S. aureus. The epidemiology of MRSA in the UK has seen some notable changes in recent years such as the emergence of mecC MRSA (Paterson et al. 2014) and the recognition of livestock-associated MRSA (Paterson et al. 2012). Characterising and understanding these changes is a major focus for the newly-established Bacterial Pathogens Group at the University of Hull lead by Dr. Paterson. At an exciting time in the field, this studentship offers the opportunity to contribute to our understanding of the molecular epidemiology and evolution of this important pathogen. The project will be based in a newly refurbished microbiology laboratory in the School of Biological, Biomedical and Environmental Sciences, and take advantage of significant, recent investment in microbiological equipment and facilities.

Paterson GK et al. The emergence of mecC methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

Trends Microbiol. 2014 Jan;22(1):42-7.

Paterson GK et al. First detection of livestock-associated meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus CC398 in bulk tank milk in the United Kingdom, January to July 2012.

Euro Surveill. 2012 Dec 13;17(50). pii: 20337.

Applicants should have

  • An excellent Bachelors or Masters degree in a Biological discipline. Minimum requirement BSc (Hons) 2.1.
  • A solid knowledge base in microbiology and molecular biology.
  • Evidence of relevant research skills, e.g. laboratory projects, internships and/or publications.
  • Experience of laboratory techniques in microbiology and/or molecular biology.

Further details

This full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£13,863 in 2014/15) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress.

Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees only, at the International student rate for three years, dependant on satisfactory progress.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate or Diploma in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.