Exploring the impact of dietary compounds on human health


An opportunity to apply for a funded full-time PhD in the College of Health, Science and Society, UWE Bristol. The studentship will be funded by Health Education England.

Ref: 2324-JAN-HSS03

The expected start date of this studentship is 1 October 2023.

The closing date for applications is 16 August 2023.

Studentship details

There is growing interest in novel dietary components that may favourably affect human health. This PhD studentship presents an exciting opportunity for a motivated PhD student to investigate the role and mechanism of action of dietary components on maintaining health and prevention or treatment of pathological conditions.

Through this studentship, the successful applicant will gain multidisciplinary training and extensive experience in diverse fields, including cell culture, microbiology, encapsulation of bioactives, and biochemical techniques.

For an informal discussion about the studentship, please email Dr Alexandros Stratakos at alexandros.stratakos@uwe.ac.uk.


The studentship is available from 1 October 2023 for a period of four years, subject to satisfactory progress and includes a tax exempt stipend, which is currently £18,622 (2023/24) per annum.

In addition, full-time Home tuition fees will be covered for up to four years (UK/Home Students only).


Applicants must have a BSc in Biological Sciences or an MSc in Biomedical sciences. The successful applicant will be expected to have experience of working in a laboratory, practical experience in molecular biology and biochemical techniques and cell culture.

Experience of working on multidisciplinary projects involving health aspects and knowledge of food-related areas would be of advantage.

The successful applicant will also be expected to work in a professional manner in a multi-disciplinary team and engage with academic and industry partners and other stakeholders.

This studentship covers full-time Home tuition fees only, and thus is eligible only for UK/Home applicants.

How to apply

Please submit your application online. When prompted use the reference number 2324-JAN-HSS03.

Supporting documentation: you will need to upload your cover letter, all your degree certificates and transcripts and a recognised English language qualification is required.

References: You will need to provide details of two referees as part of your application. At least one referee must be an academic referee from the institution that conferred your highest degree. Your referee will be asked for a reference at the time you submit your application, so please ensure that your nominated referees are willing and able to provide references within 14 days of your application being submitted.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is 16 August 2023.

Further information

It is expected that interviews will take place on weeks commencing 7 September 2023. If you have not heard from us by 1 October 2023, we thank you for your application but on this occasion you have not been successful.

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