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Newton Fund

The Newton Fund’s aim is to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of collaborating countries.Applicants need to consider if their proposed activities meet ODA criteria.

Prof Thanh is happy to host eligible candidates, please send her email (ntk.thanh@ucl.ac.uk), with a few line of personal statements and a full CV, with a subject: Newton Fund in the email. Due to the large number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited to make a formal application.


Global Challenge Research Fund

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries.

Prof Thanh is happy to host eligible candidates, please send her email (ntk.thanh@ucl.ac.uk), with a few line of personal statements and a full CV, with a subject: GCRF in the email. Due to the large number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited to make a formal application.

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Potential UCL-JAIST 3 year PhD studentship for September 2017 Design and syntheses of novel high magnetic moment nanoparticles


Supervisors Prof Nguyen T.K. Thanh, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCL (http://www.ucl.ac.uk) and Prof S. Maenosono School of Materials Science, JAIST (http://www.jaist.ac.jp/index-e.html)

Project timeline:
– Year 1: Student research/training in UCL
– Year 2: Student collaborative research in JAIST
– Year 3: Student back in UCL

Microwave synthesis of NPs is a relative new technique, that can provide high heating rates, thus increasing the reaction rate, excellent control of the reaction parameters, selective heating (if the reaction mixture contains compounds with different microwave absorbing properties); higher yields; better selectivity due to reduced side reactions; improved reproducibility; and automatization and high throughput synthesis1.

High magnetic moment nanoparticles can be formed of pure metals such as Fe, Co or alloy FeCo, but these materials are easily be oxidised, subsequently lost their magnetic moment. Efforts have been in designing the coating the core with various materials such as gold, silica with little success so far. The computation chemistry will help in choosing different coating materials that was not explored experimentally with the crystal lattices close to the core materials.

In this project, the student will be trained in the synthesis of nanomaterials in Prof Thanh’s very well equipped synthetic lab with a modern microvave synthesiser. Prof Ozaki will supervise the student on the aspect of computational chemistry. The synthesised high magnetic moment NPs will be characterised at UCL and JAIST using DLS (Dynamic light scattering), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) for size, shape and monodispersity of nanomaterials, thereby enabling the determination of the successful synthesis. X-Ray diffraction (XRD) will also be used at later stage to characterise further the structure of materials, and Superconducting QUantum Interference Devices (SQUID magnetometer) will be used to characterise the magnetic properties of the materials. The students will also experience advanced characterisation techniques such as XPS, HRTEM, TGA, ICP-AES in Prof Meanosono’s lab

Student is registered in UCL, but needs to be accepted by JAIST. The candidate required to have 1st or 2:1 class Integrated Masters degree (MSci, MChem, etc.) or 1st or 2:1 BSc plus stand-alone Masters degree Merit/Distinction in Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics and Biochemistry.

Please send CV and research statement to Prof. NTK Thanh (Email: ntk.thanh@ucl.ac.uk) with the Subject Ref: UCL-JAIST PhD studentship for consideration, due to the large number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited to make a formal application.

Applications will be accepted until 30 Jan 2017. However, the recruitment will cease as soon as a suitable candidate is found.

The position is only available to EU or UK students. Oversea students with their own funding for tuition fee and bench fee can apply.
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4 year PhD studentship in Bionanomedicine

with The London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Biosciences Consortium, one of the largest BBSRC funded DTPs in the UK.

Available Sept 2017

Supervisor Prof Nguyen T.K. Thanh, Biophysics Group, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCL (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/biophysics/research/#nanoparticles; http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ref2014).

For more information see: http://www.lido-dtp.ac.uk/

Please send CV and research statement to Prof. NTK Thanh (Email: ntk.thanh@ucl.ac.uk) with the Subject Ref: Bionanomedicince studentship for consideration, due to the large number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited to make a formal application.

The position is only available to UK students. Oversea students with their own funding for tuition fee and bench fee can apply.

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4 years PhD studentship on Characterisation of nanoparticles for biomedical applications with CDT Advanced Characterisation of Material

Supervisor Prof Nguyen T.K. Thanh, Biophysics Group, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCL (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/biophysics/research/#nanoparticles; http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ref2014)
Please send CV and research statement to Prof. NTK Thanh (Email: ntk.thanh@ucl.ac.uk) with the Subject Ref: Bionanomedicince studentship for consideration, due to the large number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited to make a formal application.

For more information see:http://www.cdt-acm.org/

The position is only available to UK students. Oversea students with their own funding for tuition fee and bench fee can apply.

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Potential UCL- A*STAR 3.5 year PhD studentship for September 2016 on Magnetic Macromolecular Systems for Drug and Gene Targeted Delivery to Cancers

Supervisors Prof Nguyen T.K. Thanh, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCL (http://www.ucl.ac.uk) and Prof Jun Li, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR, Singapore http://www.a-star.edu.sg/Default.aspx)

Project timeline:
– Year 1: Student research/training in UCL
– Year 2-3: Student collaborative research in A*STAR
– Year 3-3.5: Student in UCL for writing up

Cancer is still a leading cause of disease worldwide. Magnetic nanoparticles offers an exciting new alternative treatment, with local heating of affected areas allows to eliminate the side effect of current radio-or chemotherapy. The most cutting edge research has recently focused on the combination of heat treatment with traditional cancer drugs. That synergistic effect will enhance the treatment efficacy of both components compared to single mode of treatments.

In this project, we will use molecular self-assembly as a platform to encapsulate anticancer drugs with magnetic nanoparticles for targeted delivery to cancers. Magnetic nanoparticles with high heating efficiency will be synthesized using methods developed in Prof Thanh’s lab either in the presence of the polymer or being coated post synthesis.

We will develop a series of new amphiphilic block copolymers based on microbial biopolyester for long-term controlled release of drugs.

Using a similar strategy, we will develop anticancer drug and gene co-delivery systems for efficient cancer therapy in combination with magnetic heating.

Student is registered in UCL, but needs to be accepted by A*STAR. The candidate required to have 1st or 2:1 class Integrated Masters degree (MSci, MChem, etc.) or 1st or 2:1 BSc plus stand-alone Masters degree Merit/Distinction in Chemistry, Materials Science, and Biochemistry.

Application dealine will be closed in April 2017.

Please send CV and research statement to Prof. NTK Thanh (Email: ntk.thanh@ucl.ac.uk) with the Subject Ref: UCL-A*STAR PhD studentship for consideration, due to the large number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited to make a formal application.

The position is only available to EU or UK students. Oversea students with their own funding for tuition fee and bench fee can apply.

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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: MSCA Individual Fellowships Call

http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/about-msca/actions/if/index_en.htm


Call for fellowships for post-doctoral researchers: Postdoctoral researchers who have recently been working overseas may be eligible to apply for a fellowship at University College London, funded by the European Union’s Marie Curie Fellowships scheme. Eligible researchers can be of any nationality, age or research field as long as they have not spent more than 12 months in the UK over the past three years by August 2014.
The fellowships cover the cost of a researcher’s living, relocation, research expenses and overheads for a period of 12 to 24 months (full‐time). Applications are assessed on the basis of the proposed project’s scientific, academic or technical quality and implementation as well as the applicant’s training plans, research experience and achievements.
As a comprehensive, global university, UCL is ideally placed to benefit from this scheme, as fellows can join or add value to established research teams, creating new links between UCL and institutions in other countries. UCL has been awarded nearly 100 Marie Curie Fellowships since 2007.
Researchers who are currently based in a European Union or associated country may apply for a Marie Curie Intra‐European fellowship (IEF), while researchers outside Europe may be eligible for an international incoming fellowship (IIF). Success rates for the Marie Curie IEF and IIF calls were 18% and 12% in 2010 respectively.
The Marie Curie fellowships scheme forms part of the EU’s Framework Programme 7 (FP7) and is designed to encourage the mobility of researchers across national boundaries, support research careers and attract researchers to Europe.

Please contact Prof Nguyen TK Thanh (Email: ntk.thanh@ucl.ac.uk) if you would like to apply to be working in her lab. Due to large number of applicants only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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Marie Curie Career Integration Grants (CIG)


This action consists of financial support for long term professional career integration projects in a host organisation of a Member State or associated country. The financial support aims to provide the researcher with the best possible conditions for establishing herself/himself in a long term research career. The CIG provides funding for an eligible researcher to carry out a research project in any field and is intended to allow the researcher to share knowledge acquired overseas and to establish their research careers in Europe.
The grants are awarded for research projects in any field, and are capped at €100k in value and 4 years in duration.
http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/about-mca/actions/cig/
Please contact Prof Nguyen TK Thanh (Email: ntk.thanh@ucl.ac.uk) if you would like to apply to be working in her lab. Due to large number of applicants only short listed candidates will be contacted.
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Royal Society Newton International Fellowship


The Newton International Fellowship scheme , run by The British Academy, The Royal Academy of Engineering and The Royal Society, aims to attract the world's best postdoctoral researchers to the UK.

The two-year Fellowships cover the broad range of the natural and social sciences, engineering and the humanities. The Fellowships include £24,000 per annum to cover subsistence and £8,000 to cover research expenses, plus a one-off relocation allowance of £2,000.

Funding, worth £6,000 per year for ten years after the Fellowship ends, will support follow-on activities to enable Newton Fellows to build long-term links with the UK.

In addition, Newton Fellows will also become members of the international alumni scheme run by Research Councils UK.

The deadline for applications is March / April 2014.

More information on Newton Fellowships

Newton International Fellowships
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London SW1Y 5AG

tel: +44 (0)20 7451 2559
fax: +44 (0)20 7930 2170
info@newtonfellowships.org

Prof Thanh will be happy to host a good application, please send your CV for her consideration.

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Commonwealth Scholarships


I am happy to host exellent applications for these fellowships, please send your application to me for reviewing in advance (Email: ntk.thanh@ucl.ac.uk)
If you are a citizen of a developed Commonwealth country, you can apply for:
•Scholarships for PhD and split-site (PhD) study at UK universities
If you are a citizen of a developing Commonwealth country, you can apply for
•Scholarships for Master’s, PhD, or split-site (PhD) study at UK universities
•Shared Scholarships for Master’s study at selected UK universities
•Distance Learning Scholarships to study UK Master’s degree courses in your home country
•Academic Fellowships for mid-career academics to spend time at UK universities
•Professional Fellowships for mid-career professionals to spend time at a UK host organisation
To qualify for PhD study at UCL, you will need the following:
1) Meeting English proficiency requirement: IETLS > 6.5, with each
sub-category no less than 6.0;
2) Completed a BSc/MSc programme with an average GPA > 3.5 / 4, i.e. 88

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UCL DEAN SCHOOLARSHIP


I am happy to receive applications for a very prestigeous UCL Dean's Scholarship
The Dean’s Prize provides scholarships of up to the value of UCL student fees for postgraduate research students. While primarily geared towards excellent Overseas students, the Dean’s Prize may also be used to support Home/EU students

UCL Graduate Research Scholarships, or Overseas Research Scholarships
Graduate Research Scholarships for Cross Disciplinary Training (One-Year)
Important information for all Applicants. Please contact Dr Nguyen T. K. Thanh (Email: ntk.thanh@ucl.ac.uk), if you are qualified for these scholarships and wish to work in her laboratory.

Up to four scholarships annually are available to full-time UCL MPhil/PhD and EngD students from any country wishing to spend an additional year of their MPhil/PhD or EngD in another UCL department acquiring research skills and knowledge from a different discipline, which can be applied in their normal area of research. Training should be of one year's duration to permit sustained exposure to the new discipline.

The scholarships can be taken at any point during the MPhil/PhD or EngD programme.
Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must be:
in receipt of the offer of admission to or currently registered at UCL for full-time MPhil/PhD or EngD research, and;
in receipt of three years funding for their normal MPhil/PhD or EngD programme.
Where the student is in receipt of a scholarship or funding e.g. from a Research Council, written permission for the arrangement must be sought from the relevant body.
Selection Criteria
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence and research potential. Financial circumstances are not taken into account.
Value: Benefits and Duration
The scholarships consist of fees equivalent to the applicable graduate rate (UK/EU or overseas) plus a maintenance stipend of £17363 pa (2015/16) or - in the case of recipients who already hold a Research Council grant - one that will match their current maintenance grant. The scholarship also includes additional research costs at a level up to £1,000 per year for the stated duration of the programme.

The Cross-Disciplinary Scholarships are tenable for one calendar year of full-time study in the host department.
Application Procedure and Deadline
Applications must be made by the Head of the student's home department;
Applications should include all the following six documents:
1. A training proposal outline, indicating:
i. the student's full name
ii. the PhD/EngD project and subject area
iii. the host department
iv. the benefit to the student from sustained training in the area outside his/her principal discipline
v. the student's abilities, and likelihood of completing the course in due time

The department must be satisfied that the student is sufficiently qualified to benefit from the training.
2. Detailed description of the training programme;
The training programme should be designed for the particular student, and will normally involve some course work (undergraduate or postgraduate). The training programme should provide the student with more than just a specific research tool (such as knowledge of a particular research technique, or a language); the aim should be broader, namely to immerse the student in the methods, approaches and ways of thinking of another discipline.

3. Student's full Curriculum Vitae (CV);
4. One-page outline of the PhD/EngD research project;
5. Evidence of three year's PhD/EngD funding;
6. A letter signed by the heads of both the home and host departments certifying:

i. that the host department has agreed to accept the student for the training programme specified and to allow the student full access to all relevant courses, tutorials, equipment and facilities

The student should be supervised within the host department with arrangements for reporting across to the student's primary supervisor in the home department.

ii. that the relevant Research Council (where appropriate) has agreed the proposal

Where the student is in receipt of funding for the MPhil/PhD or EngD, e.g. from a Research Council, written permission for the arrangement from the relevant body must be provided.

iii. that the necessary financial arrangements between the two departments have been agreed
Financial arrangements must be made to ensure that the allocation of resources from College to the host and home departments reflects the proportionate responsibilities of each.
Complete applications must be submitted by February before the start of the relevant academic session. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered for funding.

Applications should be sent to:

UCL Student Funding
The Regsitry
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
UK
Notification of Results
A selection panel of UCL academics meets in late March/early April and successful candidates can expect to be notified by the end of April.
Procedure to apply as a Visiting Research student

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Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS)

GRS website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/UK-EU_Res/grs
Graduate Research Scholarship (GRS) which funds UK/EU graduate fees + stipend ; and which can be combined with the ORS (see below)

Overseas Research Scholarships (ORS)

ORS funds the difference between overseas and UK/EU fees
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/overs-res/ors

English requirements: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements


These schemes are highly competitive and the Physics department as a whole can only nominate their top 2 candidates across both GRS and ORS schemes. Therefore, we can only consider truly outstanding candidates. As a guideline, successful candidates usually have at least one first author publication in an international journal.
If you'd like to apply, please contact Prof Nguyen TK Thanh (ntk.thanh@ucl.ac.uk) by the 5th of January 2015 with following materials
1) full standard UCL application form
2) graduate scholarship application form
3) 2 academic references
4) 1 internal reference (from potential supervisor)
5) For non-native English speakers: proof of fulfilment of English language requirement if available

Studentships available for Chinese students, funded by UCL-CSC.

UCL-China Scholarship Council (CSC); which provides economy air travel to and from the UK, a living allowance (£13200 in 2014/2015) and visa application fees. Applicants will also need to apply for the Dean's prize to cover overseas fees. For eligibility requirements see:
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/overs-res/csc_ucl_scholarships/
There are 10 studentships available for MAPS and we expect that Physics will
get about 2-3. The student should be at least as strong as our average PhD students.
Note, the deadline for online-application by the student is 16. January 2015.
If you'd like to apply, please contact Prof Nguyen TK Thanh (ntk.thanh@ucl.ac.uk) by the 5th of January 2015 with following materials

1) full standard UCL application form
2) CV of student
3) 2 academic references
4) 1 internal reference (from potential supervisor)
5) Proof of fulfilment of English language requirement if available

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Overseas Research Studentships (ORS)

which funds the difference between overseas and UK/EU fees.

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/overs-res/ors

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Visiting Research Programme

Further details about the Visiting Research programmes, eligibility, and how to apply can be found on the UCL website at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international/affiliate/visiting-research-students/