UK/EU students

PhD studentship in School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape - the Living Textile Interface

Value of award

UK/EU students - bursary of £19,692 per year for 3 years to cover fees and living costs.

Number of awards


Start date and duration

1 October 2020 for 3 years.

Application closing date

1 July 2020.


We are pleased to announce a PhD studentship in the Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment working on the Living Textile Interface project. We are looking for a talented design researcher to join the team and take a leading role in the new field of biodesign by exploring the design potential of living materials using textile techniques.

Working within an interdisciplinary team, this three year studentship will be instrumental in repositioning textiles as a key fabrication strategy for biomaterials in the built environment. This is a unique opportunity to define new textile materials and develop functioning prototypes that offer sustainable solutions for architecture.

We are looking for a highly motivated and adaptable PhD candidate with a background in design, textiles, architecture or subjects related to biodesign. An applied knowledge of textile design and technologies, 3D modelling, prototyping, and design research methodologies would be ideal. Applicants should come with a passion for research and creative use of materials and technologies for the built environment, and the ability to work as part of a diverse research team.

The appointee will join one of the UKs leading Synthetic Biology teams and enjoy access to state of the art fabrication workshops and a new suite of microbiology labs. The studentship will be supervised across design and microbiology. For more information on the research group and projects see our website:


School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape

Name of supervisor(s)

Professor Martyn Dade-Robertson and Dr Jane Scott, School of Architecture Planning & Landscape

Eligibility Criteria

The studentship is open to UK and EU applicants who propose to study for their PhD on a full-time basis.

Applicants must have:

• a 2.1 degree in Textile Design, Architecture, or subjects related to Bio Design.
• experience in bio-informed design or biodesign demonstrable through a portfolio.
• IELTS 6.5 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 6.0 in all other sub-skills) if English is not your first language.

We prefer candidates to have an additional qualification at Masters level in the relevant subject area of Textiles, Architecture, Design or a related field.

How to apply

You must send the following to Marian Kyte by email to Please quote reference code APL027 in the email heading.

• A full CV
• A portfolio of relevant design work
• A one page statement: “My approach to the Living Textile Interface project would be”

You should also apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system.

You will need to:

• insert the programme code 8160F in the programme of study section
• select ‘PhD School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (full time) - Architecture’
• insert the studentship code APL027 in the studentship/partnership reference field.


For further details, please email Dr Jane Scott.

Eligible Courses