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Creating an Automated Analysis Toolbox for Ultrafast 2D-IR Spectroscopy

Applications are invited for a cross-disciplinary PhD project that aims to develop new data analysis methods for use with ultrafast 2D-IR spectroscopy.

Number of places



Home fee, Stipend


1 August 2017



BSc (Hons) 2:1 or equivalent degree in physics/chemistry


Scholarships (fees and stipend) available on a competitive basis for UK/EU students, please contact supervisor for details.

Project Details

2D-IR uses ultrafast infrared lasers to obtain important new information on the structure, dynamics and interactions of molecules in solution. It is particularly powerful when applied to observing chemical or biological reactions in real time.

In order to maximise the impact of 2D-IR on our fundamental understanding of chemical and biological events however, we need to efficiently analyse large datasets. This project will take a revolutionary approach that unites sophisticated multivariate data analysis tools with 2D-IR spectroscopy. Ultimately we aim to produce an automated software package (or ‘app’) that can interrogate 2D-IR spectra and extract exciting new data on the molecular interactions that are fundamental to chemical and biological processes. The project will focus primarily on ultrafast laser spectroscopy investigations of chemical or simple protein or DNA-based systems and the application and testing of computational data analysis tools.


The project is a collaboration between the groups of Dr Neil Hunt (Physics, Strathclyde), Prof Tony Parker (STFC Rutherford Appleton laboratory) and Dr Matt Baker (Chemistry, Strathclyde) and will suit candidates with a background in physical chemistry or chemical physics or a related area.


The candidate will join a vibrant multidisciplinary team and will be able to learn a range of new skills that will be attractive to a range of employers. The position is flexible and can be based either in Glasgow or at the STFC Rutherford Appleton laboratory.


For more information please contact Neil hunt on:

Funding Notes

Project will be funded by a Strathclyde University studentship - eligibility for a full scholarship is limited to EU citizens


N.T.Hunt, "2D-IR spectroscopy: ultrafast insights into biomolecule structure and function", Chem. Soc. Rev. 38, 1837-1848 (2009) doi: 10.1039/b819181f

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How to apply

Informal enquiries should be made to the supervisor