Current PhD vacancies are listed below. See the postgraduate pages for more information on our PhD programmes.
- PhD in Bioinspired Active Materials at University College London
A fully funded PhD studentship is available within the UCL Department of Chemistry to work under the supervision of Dr Giorgio Volpe on the experimental and numerical study and development of novel nanorobots capable of autonomous movement to localise, pick up, and deliver nanoscopic objects. This project has several applications ranging from catalysis and energy conversion to bioremediation, chemical sensing and drug delivery.
The successful applicant should have or expect to achieve a Masters-level degree (1st or 2:1 or equivalent for European degrees) in a relevant subject, e.g. Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or Engineering, and an interest in working at the interface between nanophotonics and biophysics. Previous experimental experience in nanotechnology or photonics is desirable.
To apply, please email a motivation letter and an up-to-date CV to Dr Giorgio Volpe (email@example.com) who may also be approached for informal enquires. Ideal starting date: September/October 2017. Please note that due to funding restrictions only UK/EU citizens are eligible for this studentship.
- A 3-year PhD studentship in Materials Discovery of Nanomaterials for Autocatalysts (application deadline: 16/02/2017)
The project is concerned with discovery of new next generation nanoceramics for commercial autocatalysts. Nanomaterials libraries will be synthesised using UCL’s continuous hydrothermal flow reactors. The nanomaterials will be designed with specific compositions and structures in order to affect their properties in the desired application of autocatalysts. The work will be principally experimental, involving nanoceramics synthesis and the use of key analytical methods for inorganic materials, e.g. powder XRD, XPS, BET surface area, Raman spectroscopy, and catalytic testing or programmed reduction experiments (in collaboration with the Catalysis Hub in Harwell). The aim is to develop structure-property-compositional relationships to discover better autocatalysts; any lead nanomaterials that are identified in the initial work, will be scaled-up at UCL (using a 1 kg an hour pilot plant facility) and evaluated further with accelerated ageing and catalytic testing in collaboration with industry and Harwell. The student will work as part of a bigger academic and industry team developing nanomaterials for catalytic auto-applications.
To find out more about research at UCL in Clean Materials Technology Research Group see http://chemb125.chem.ucl.ac.uk/Pages/Research.html
Only UK/EU students are eligible for this studentship. The candidates should have, or expect to gain, a good honours degree (first or upper second) chemistry, or materials science, chemical engineering, or a related subject, and an enquiring and rigorous approach to research together (particular with an interest for laboratory based wet chemistry/materials research) with a strong intellect and disciplined work habits. Training will be given in nanomaterials synthesis, characterisation and testing, and analytical techniques including electron microscopy. Good team-working, observational and communication skills are essential.
For further details of the studentship, please contact Professor Jawwad Darr at firstname.lastname@example.org, or over phone (by appointment): +44 (0)207 679 4345. Interested applicants should send an up-to-date curriculum vitae to Professor Darr.
Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply. The deadline for applications is 16th February 2017, but the position will be filled as soon as an appropriate candidate is found.
- A 3-year PhD studentship in Chemical Biology, UCL Department of Chemistry (application deadline: 16 /02/2017)
A fully funded PhD studentship is available in UCL Chemistry to work on a highly interdisciplinary project with Dr Jamie Baker, Prof Helen Fielding and Dr Vijay Chudasama. The project will involve the development of new methods to design, construct and study photoactive protein-conjugates. Such bioconjugates have the potential to afford exquisite control over biological systems, and prospectively as targeted therapeutics which can be triggered by light. The student will gain expertise in organic synthesis, bioconjugation and the use of ultrafast lasers.
Only UK and EU students who meet 3 years residency criteria are eligible for this studentship. The candidates should have, or expect to gain, a good honours degree (first or upper second) chemistry, or a related subject, and an enquiring and rigorous approach to research. Good team-working, observational and communication skills are also essential. The start date for the PhD is the 25th September 2017. The deadline for applications is 16th February 2017, but the position will be filled as soon as an appropriate candidate is found.
Please email a motivation letter, a degree transcript and an up-to-date CV to Dr Jamie Baker (email@example.com), who may also be approached for informal enquires. Suitable candidates will be required to complete an electronic application form at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply.
- Hydrogen from solar power (application deadline: 31/03/2017)
The methods of making hydrogen to secure chemical production in the future from renewable sources are in their research and developments stages at SABIC. Among the promising ones are those involving reducible metal oxides whereby solar heat is used to reduce the material followed by exposure to water to generate hydrogen. This promising method needs high temperatures (typically over 1000 C) making the process very expensive due to the regeneration process. The addition of a noble metal to a reducible oxide such as cerium oxide is known to accelerate the reduction at the interface metal/metal oxide with the extent of reduction depending on the nature of the metal and the surface atomic structure of the oxide material. A particularly promising reducible oxide is CeZrO4. The aim of the project is to understand how the noble metal-oxide interface can be optimised. At UCL this will be studied as a single crystalline ultrathin using atomically resolved scanning tunnelling microscopy and spectroscopy, focussing initially on the interaction of Pt and the adsorption of water. Related STM measurements will also be possible at the SABIC research centre in KAUST on the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia during a student placement. The project will start in October 2017. To find out more about the research in nanoscience group please go to https://www.ucl.ac.uk/chemistry/research/research-groups/group-folder/nanoscience-geoff-thornton
At this time we seek applications from highly talented EU (including UK) students with a high quality Masters degree in physics, chemistry or material science. For UK applicants a first or 2(i) degree are required. The studentship is for four years with a tax-free stipend of about GBP 17k (to be confirmed). The fees are paid. Applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31st March 2017.
Recent publications of the UCL group include:
Diffusion barriers block defect occupation on reduced CeO2(111), P.G. Lustemberg, Y. Pan, B.J. Shaw, D.C. Grinter, C.L. Pang, G. Thornton, R. Perez, M.V. Ganduglia, N. Nilius, Phys. Rev. Lett. 116 236101 (2016).
Engineering polarons at a metal oxide surface, C.M. Yim, M.B. Watkins, M.J. Wolf, C.L. Pang, K. Hermansson, G. Thornton, Phys. Rev. Lett. 117 116402 (2016).
Structure of a model TiO2 photocatalytic interface, H. Hussain, G. Tocci, T. Woolcot, X. Torrelles, C.L. Pang, D. S. Humphrey, C. M. Yim, D. C. Grinter, G. Cabailh, O. Bikondoa, R. Lindsay, J. Zegenhagen, A. Michaelides, G. Thornton, Nature Materials, (2016) doi: 10.1038/nmat4793
- Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD Interdisciplinary Programme in Structural, Computational and Chemical Biology
Studentships available for 2017/18 entry
Applications for Wellcome Trust PhD Programme studentships are now open. Please read the instructions for applicants carefully to ensure that you submit a completed application.
Deadline for applications: Friday 6 January 2017
Shortlisting: Tuesday 17 January 2017
Interviews: Thursday 26 and Friday 27 January 2017
To discuss the programme informally please contact the Programme Coordinator, Professor Alethea Tabor.