UK/EU candidates are eligible to apply. Candidates applying should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant engineering/science discipline, and be highly motivated to undertake multidisciplinary research.
We are looking for an enthusiastic person to start a PhD project using surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) to probe the early stages of crystal nucleation. The project is expected to provide groundbreaking insight in the understanding of nucleation, and lead to high-impact publications.
The student will be based in Pure and Applied Chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Karen Faulds, in collaboration with Prof. Jan Sefcik and Dr. Karen Johnston, in Chemical and Process Engineering.
They will gain research experience in a variety of techniques, including synthesis of gold nanoparticles with different sizes and geometries, crystallisation, nucleation rate measurements, Raman and SERS spectroscopy, and Design of Experiment to optimise nucleation and SERS conditions. The student will interact with the research team in both departments and contribute to a lively and creative research environment and regularly communicate their work. In addition to undertaking cutting edge research, the student will be registered for the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Development (PGCert), which develops a student's transferable skills, networks and career prospects.
The studentship is available from February 2020 but the start date can be extended by a few months.
The studentship is available for UK/EU candidates from February 2020 but the start date can be extended by a few months.
Supervisor 1 - Dr Karen Faulds (Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry)
Supervisor 2 - Prof Jan Sefcik (Department of Chemical & Process Engineering)
Supervisor 3 - Dr Karen Johnston (Department of Chemical & Process Engineering)
Dr Christine Davidson
Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 2672
Thomas Graham Building
295 Cathedral Street
How to apply
Apply for this PhD project here - please quote the project title in your application.
During the application you'll be asked for the following information and evidence uploaded to the application:
- your full contact details
- transcripts and certificates of all degrees
- proof of English language proficiency if you are not from a majority English-speaking country as recognised by UKVI
- two references, one of which must be academic. Please see our guidance on referees
- funding or scholarship information
- international students must declare any previous UK study
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