University of St Andrews and Universitaetsklinikum Bonn-

Surgical intervention using SLIC in infection joints.

The University of St Andrews and the University of Bonn are pleased to offer a scholarship funded by both institutions, to support an exceptional student undertaking doctoral research in the following area:

Use of a Scattered Light Integrated Collector (SLIC) for point of care testing to detect bacteria in synovial fluid from native and prosthetic joint infections

The successful student will spend half of the scholarship term at the University of St Andrews and half at the University of Bonn (42 months in total). The exact schedule will be discussed during the interview process.

The student may start their degree at any point in the academic year 2024-2025 prior to a final entry date of 27 May 2025 subject to agreement with the supervisory team.

University of St Andrews-

Using SLIC and OLED technology to address infected diabetic foot ulcer

This interdisciplinary project between the Schools of Medicine and Physics and Astronomy at the University of St Andrews explores new light sources for killing bacteria and other microbes.  We are looking for candidates either from a biological sciences/microbiology/medicine background or from a materials science/physics/engineering background. 

The aims of the project are:

To demonstrate that OLED PDT can kill the bacteria found in diabetic foot ulcers

Optimise treatment conditions for PDT of the bacteria in diabetic foot ulcers

Demonstrate that OLEDs are suitable for treatment of diabetic foot ulcers

Produce preliminary data that provides the basis for a full clinical trial.