PhD Studentships

Current PhD vacancies are listed below. See the postgraduate pages for more information on our PhD programmes.

Current Available Studentships

Computational Chemistry Studentships

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A 4-year EngD studentship on modelling defects in SiC

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Semiconductor comprised of silicon (Si) and carbon (C). It is widely used for producing microelectronic devices and growing graphene layers. Other applications include car brakes, car clutches and ceramic plates in bulletproof vests. Defects in SiC and its interfaces with SiO2 determine the performance and reliability of microelectronic devices and can be used for quantum computation.

A 3.5-year PhD Studentship in modelling the effect of pathogenic mutations on the behaviour of regulatory domains

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Supervisors: Professor Francesco Gervasio (UCL), Prof. Marius Sudol (NUS and ASTAR, Singapore)

A 3.5-year PhD studentship in Low-Dimensional Nanostructures for Energy Storage

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Supervisors: Professor Z. Xiao Guo (UCL, UK) and Dr. Yun Zong (ASTAR IMRE, Singapore)

Applications are invited for a 3.5-year PhD studentship offered jointly by the M3S CDT in the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, UCL and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore. The studentship will commence in September 2015.

A 4-year EngD studentship in Synthesis and Surface Characterisations of Novel 2D Layered Materials

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Supervisor: Professor Z. Xiao Guo Department of Chemistry, UCL

A 4-year EngD studentship is available within the Centre for Doctoral training in Molecular Modelling and Materials Simulation, UCL to work with Professor Z. Xiao Guo on synthesis and surface characterisations of novel 2D layered materials. The studentship is co-sponsored by Keysight Technologies UK Ltd. The start date is September 2015.

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Inorganic and Materials Chemistry Studentships

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PhD in Material Nanoscience at University College London

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PhD in Material Nanoscience at University College London

Institution: University College London

Dept/School/Faculty: Department of Chemistry

PhD Supervisor: Dr. Giorgio Volpe and Prof. Ivan Parkin

Application Deadline: 30th of April 2015

Funding Availability: Funded PhD Project (UK National Only)

PhD in Material Nanoscience at University College London

PhD in Material Nanoscience 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 and Prof. Ivan Parkin on the experimental study of evaporation processes of biologically active liquids on novel materials with controllable wetting properties and performances. This project is fundamentally relevant for the design of novel materials for many biological, medical and technological applications.

The successful applicant should have or expect to achieve a Masters-level degree (1st or 2:1) in a relevant subject, e.g. Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry or Engineering, and an interest in working at the interface between materials science and biophysics. Previous experimental experience in nanotechnology, nanofabrication or photonics is desirable but not essential, as training will be provided.

To apply, please email an up-to-date CV to Dr. Giorgio Volpe (g.volpe@ucl.ac.uk) who may also be approached for informal enquires. Ideal starting date: October 2015. Please note that due to funding restrictions only UK national students are eligible for this studentship.

A 4-year EngD studentship on modelling defects in SiC

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Semiconductor comprised of silicon (Si) and carbon (C). It is widely used for producing microelectronic devices and growing graphene layers. Other applications include car brakes, car clutches and ceramic plates in bulletproof vests. Defects in SiC and its interfaces with SiO2 determine the performance and reliability of microelectronic devices and can be used for quantum computation.

A 4-year EngD studentship in Synthesis and Surface Characterisations of Novel 2D Layered Materials

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Supervisor: Professor Z. Xiao Guo Department of Chemistry, UCL

A 4-year EngD studentship is available within the Centre for Doctoral training in Molecular Modelling and Materials Simulation, UCL to work with Professor Z. Xiao Guo on synthesis and surface characterisations of novel 2D layered materials. The studentship is co-sponsored by Keysight Technologies UK Ltd. The start date is September 2015.

A 3.5-year PhD studentship in Low-Dimensional Nanostructures for Energy Storage

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Supervisors: Professor Z. Xiao Guo (UCL, UK) and Dr. Yun Zong (ASTAR IMRE, Singapore)

Applications are invited for a 3.5-year PhD studentship offered jointly by the M3S CDT in the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, UCL and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore. The studentship will commence in September 2015.

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Biological and Organic Chemistry Studentships

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A chemist’s approach to solving biological problems

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There is a clear need for Organic Chemists to contribute to the field of Biology through the conduit of Chemical Biology. A PhD position is available to work with Dr Vijay Chudasama to aid in providing significant steps in this direction by: (i) the creation of therapeutics generated by site-specific protein modification; and (ii) to provide Optogenetic tools for the manipulation of ion channels (and thus neurons). Both projects will be based on using core synthetic organic chemistry to deliver entities that will meet these needs.
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In the area of site-selective protein modification, we are at the centre of developing a ground-breaking technology based on the insertion of small molecules bearing reactive handles into native disulfide bonds and cysteines. Our strategy has been well received in the literature (e.g. Nature Commun., 2015, Accepted; Chem. Commun., 2015, Accepted; Org. Biomol. Chem., 2015, Accepted; Bioconjugate Chem., 2014, 25, 611; Org. Biomol. Chem., 2014, 12, 557; Chem. Commun., 2013, 49, 8187; Org. Biomol. Chem., 2013, 11, 2408; Chem. Commun., 2011, 47, 8781) and we hope to continue to publish greatly in this area. With our experience, interesting challenges in the modification of certain peptides and proteins have arisen. There is an opportunity to contribute to this area and make a significant impact to the field of Chemical Biology.
In the area of Optogenetics, in collaboration with Prof. Trevor Smart (UCL) and Dr Liam Browne (Harvard), we are applying a strategy that allows control of ion channel opening and closing. The method is based on bridging a small organic molecule bearing an azo-dye handle across mutated ion channels and then using appropriate wavelengths of light to manipulate the opening and closing of the channel through cis-trans isomerism of the azo linkage (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 2014, 111, 521). There is significant scope in this project for application to various important channels to control neuronal activity both in vitro and in vivo.
There are also recent openings in the area of polymersome construction for the purpose of creating artificial vesicles that are stable in blood, efficient at entering into cells and enable delivery of cargo. In collaboration with Prof. Battaglia (UCL), we have made great strides and there are significant opportunities to expand on recent promising results. Finally, opportunities may also arise to work in the area of targeted DNA nanopore delivery with Dr Stefan Howorka (UCL).
The student will gain valuable research expertise during the course of this project, making them well qualified for future employment in either an academic or industrial setting. This project will provide a thorough training in synthetic organic chemistry and chemical biology, as well as in a series of transferable skills. The student will also be given plenty of opportunity to be creative.

Qualifications

I am looking to recruit a highly motivated and ambitious organic chemist with an excellent background in synthetic organic chemistry and an interest in chemical biology. Experience in chemical biology is not a pre-requisite as this project has synthetic organic chemistry at its core and extensive training in chemical biology will be provided. The project will involve various spectroscopic and analytical techniques such as NMR, MS, IR, LC-MS, SDS-PAGE and MALDI-TOF; thus proving the student with an excellent training in a variety of techniques.

Application Details

Applicants should have (or expect to gain) at least a 2(i) MSci/MChem degree in Chemistry. Applicants should apply via UCL’s online application system http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply/apply-now/. Further information on the project can be obtained from Dr Vijay Chudasama (v.chudasama@ucl.ac.uk).

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Physical Chemistry Studentships

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PhD in Material Nanoscience at University College London

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PhD in Material Nanoscience at University College London

Institution: University College London

Dept/School/Faculty: Department of Chemistry

PhD Supervisor: Dr. Giorgio Volpe and Prof. Ivan Parkin

Application Deadline: 30th of April 2015

Funding Availability: Funded PhD Project (UK National Only)

PhD in Material Nanoscience at University College London

PhD in Material Nanoscience 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 and Prof. Ivan Parkin on the experimental study of evaporation processes of biologically active liquids on novel materials with controllable wetting properties and performances. This project is fundamentally relevant for the design of novel materials for many biological, medical and technological applications.

The successful applicant should have or expect to achieve a Masters-level degree (1st or 2:1) in a relevant subject, e.g. Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry or Engineering, and an interest in working at the interface between materials science and biophysics. Previous experimental experience in nanotechnology, nanofabrication or photonics is desirable but not essential, as training will be provided.

To apply, please email an up-to-date CV to Dr. Giorgio Volpe (g.volpe@ucl.ac.uk) who may also be approached for informal enquires. Ideal starting date: October 2015. Please note that due to funding restrictions only UK national students are eligible for this studentship.

A 3.5-year PhD Studentship in modelling the effect of pathogenic mutations on the behaviour of regulatory domains

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Supervisors: Professor Francesco Gervasio (UCL), Prof. Marius Sudol (NUS and ASTAR, Singapore)

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