Condensed Matter & Materials Physics



A. Early Stage Researchers

We do not currently have any vacancies for Marie Curie Trainees (Early Stage Researchers).

Because of the nature of the funding (Marie-Curie initial training network (ITN) funded by the European Commission under Framework Programme 7) there are restrictions on eligibility for positions of this type. Specifically, candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the UK for more than 12 months in the last 3 years. In addition, Early-Stage Researchers must (at the time of recruitment) be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is envisaged.

Note also that while Early Stage Researcher posts are open to candidates from anywhere in the world (aside from the restrictions noted above), the UK tuition fee structure means that candidates from outside the European Union are unlikely to be accepted.

B. PhD openings

A Doctoral Training Grant from the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) is currently available for one studentship. This grant is open to UK/EU nationals who have settled status in the UK (no restrictions on how long they can stay) and have been "ordinarily resident" in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant. Interested parties should contact Professor Cacialli as soon as possible.

We do not currently have any other funded openings. We are always interested, however, to hear from highly qualified potential applicants. In particular, if you are expecting to graduate with a UK first (or equivalent) in Physics, EE, or Physical Chemistry, please get in touch. The Physics and Astronomy Department and the LCN regularly have additional Doctoral Training Grants for UK residents (applications typically needed by January every year). Please contact Professor Cacialli if you would like to be considered for one of these on a project within the remit of the group.

Note: a very small percentage of non-UK residents are also eligible for these scholarships, with the caveat that only students who have achieved top grades in their own country are likely to be offered an award (e.g. 110/110 cum laude for Italian candidates).

C. Postdoctoral openings

We do not currently have any openings.

Potential candidates with outstanding CVs who are interested in applying for highly competitive scholarships and fellowships to join the group, please contact Professor Cacialli at least 6 months before the deadline. Possible schemes are: