16 fully funded, four-year PhD studentships are available in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter for Formulation and Industrial Innovation (SOFI2 CDT) commencing in September 2020, for graduates in the physical and biological sciences, mathematics and engineering.
SOFI2 CDT is the successor to the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces (SOFI) which, since 2014 has provided industrially integrated, postgraduate training in research, enterprise and innovation for future leaders in the soft matter academic and industrial sectors. SOFI2 CDT combines expertise from Durham, Leeds and Edinburgh Universities, more than 25 industry partners and national facilities. It brings together more than 60 academics from Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Food Science, Biology, Engineering, Earth Sciences, Computing, (Applied) Mathematics and the Durham University Business School.
SOFI2 students will undertake a common 6-month, industry-facing science training course before selecting their research projects at one of the three partner Universities. Approximately half of the projects are expected to be co-sponsored by external partners and all students will have an external co-supervisor.
We welcome applications from UK and EU students but due to funding/eligibility restrictions we are currently unable to accept applications from international students.
However, international students with an interest in carrying out a PhD in the field of soft matter are encouraged to visit our website, identify potential PhD supervisors and contact them directly to discuss alternative funding arrangements.
Applicants are normally expected to achieve either:
We also encourage applications from mature students and students with alternative career paths, who are recommended to discuss the suitability of their preparation for the course with the CDT Admissions Coordinator ([email protected]) before applying.
Information about equivalent entry qualifications for non-UK students can be found at www.durham.ac.uk/international/prospectivestudents.
Non-native English speakers require an English language qualification, such as IELTS (6.5 with no element less than 6.0).
Informal enquiries can be directed to Prof Lian Hutchings – the CDT manager: [email protected].