Current PhD vacancies are listed below. See the postgraduate pages for more information on our PhD programmes.
- Understanding the Mechanochemical Synthesis of Mixed Oxides using Synchrotron and Neutron Techniques
We are looking to recruit a PhD student for a high-profile EPSRC funded CASE award in partnership with Johnson Matthey Technology Centre. The position will be based at the UK Catalysis Hub, Harwell, Oxfordshire. The UK Catalysis Hub is a new EPSRC initiative aimed at coordinating UK efforts in catalytic science, with the laboratories at the Research Complex at Harwell (RCaH) providing the physical base for this network. This is a unique opportunity to engage with leading UK academics in catalytic science, alongside exposure to the advanced characterisation techniques made possible by the synchrotron and neutron source on the Harwell Campus.
The mechanochemical synthesis of mixed oxides is of interest within Johnson Matthey as a potential new route to the manufacture of materials. The mechanism of the transformation of reagents to active phases under mechanical action will be explored using model and real materials and reference synthesis routes giving an understanding of how key phases are formed and what the key parameters are for synthesis.
Applicants should have a good honours degree (at least 2.1) or equivalent in Chemistry, or a related discipline. Due to funding restrictions only UK/EU students are eligible to apply. The project will be under the supervision of Professor Richard Catlow, Principle Investigator.
Although based at Harwell full-time, the student will be registered at University College London and will have access to the excellent postgraduate courses available within the University.
If you wish to apply for this unique opportunity or find out more information please get in touch with Dr Josie Goodall.
- Two PhD Studentships in Chemical Biology and Computational Chemistry (Deadline 31/10/16)
Two PhD Studentships in Chemical Biology and Computational Chemistry
Chemistry is key to re-create synthetic versions of bio-macromolecular structures that are engineered for biomedical applications. The aim of this project is to generate synthetic versions of membrane pores and channels with DNA to achieve unprecedented molecular control for biosensing, targeted cell killing, and synthetic biology (Science 352, 890-891 (2016)).
The first PhD project will build DNA pores with the advanced function to regulate the transport of cargo across membranes for drug delivery devices and synthetic biology (Nat. Nanotechnol. 11, 152-156 (2016)). The second project aims to answer the puzzling question as to how the hydrophilic DNA nanopores interact with the hydrophobic lipid bilayers. The insight will help design better DNA nanopores for biomedical applications.
Both projects are multidisciplinary and incorporate elements of chemical biology, nanobiotechnology, and biophysics. The first project will suit a chemistry student with experience in nucleic acid chemistry. The second project will be ideal for a biophysicist with skills in computational chemistry. Both will obtain training in DNA nanotechnology. The projects will be supervised by Prof. Stefan Howorka, University College London. Co-supervisors are Dr. Max Ryadnov, National Physical Laboratory, and Prof. Peter Coveney, University College London. The websites of the supervisors are www.howorkalab.com, www.ucl.ac.uk/chemistry/people/peter-coveney, and www.npl.co.uk/biotechnology/research/cbm/people/max-ryadnov.
The candidate should have a first or upper second Masters degree or a Bachelor of Science degree in combination with an MRes degree. To be eligible, applicants must satisfy 3 years UK residency criteria (see https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/eligibility/). For further details about the application process, please contact Dr Jadranka Butorac in the Chemistry Department (tel: +44 (0)20 7679 4650, email: email@example.com). The application should be submitted at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply.
The deadline for the application is 31 October 2016 and the position will start in September 2017.
- Development of new measurement methods for trace component analysis (Deadline: 31/08/16)
A 3-year PhD studentship in development of new measurement methods for trace component analysis
Supervisor: Professor Ivan Parkin, Department of Chemistry, UCL
The UCL Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecular Modelling and Materials Science is offering a fully funded studentship to a highly motivated candidate to start in January 2017. The project will be in collaboration with the Defence Science Technology Laboratory (Dstl). The student will carry out his/her doctoral research on-site at Dstl.
The project will primarily focus on the development of novel materials for the capture of low levels of explosive vapours, and development of analytical methods for detection of these vapours. It will provide experience in materials synthesis, characterisation techniques, and the use of a wide range of analytical methods.
The PhD candidate will join an exciting team in a dynamic research environment at Dstl.
Due to funding restrictions, applicants must be UK nationals, having resided in the UK for the past 5 years. Interested candidates should initially contact Professor Ivan Parkin (firstname.lastname@example.org). Informal enquiries are encouraged.
Applications will be considered until the 31st of August 2016 or as soon as a suitable candidate has been identified. You should have, or be expecting to achieve, a first or upper second class Honours degree or equivalent in chemistry. The studentship covers tuition fees at the EU/UK rate and includes a tax-free stipend at the standard EPSRC rate.