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PhD Positions Available - Understanding Materials Interfaces in Systems for the Energy Transition

We welcome applications from candidates for October 2022 entry to join the multidisciplinary project InFUSE whose aim is to study key material and fluid interfaces across a range of application areas with direct impact on the energy transition. Examples of such systems include: geomaterials (for CO2 and H2 storage), energy materials (catalysis, batteries, materials for hydrogen); next generation lubricants and fluids (e-fluids). Our aim is to create a step-change in the correlative characterisation of interfaces embedded in these systems under realistic environments. Both experimental and numerical projects are available – making use of laboratory- and synchrotron-based experimentation as well as multi-physics and multi-scale modelling strategies. Up to 10 positions are available. The projects will be based at Imperial College with significant interaction with the project partners Diamond Light Source and Shell.

Entry requirements

Ideally, you will hold, or be expected to achieve, a Master’s degree or a 4 year undergraduate degree at 2:1 level (or above) in a relevant subject, e.g. Material Science, Mechanical, or Chemical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Earth Sciences or a related discipline. There are a range of projects available within the research programme and successful applicants will choose a project following discussions with the programme team and perspective supervisors.


To be eligible for support, applicants must be “UK Residents” as defined by the EPSRC. Exceptional overseas applicants will also be considered for these studentships; however the additional fees to be incurred by these students will have to be covered by other sources. The studentship is for 3.5 years starting as soon as possible and will provide full coverage of UK students standard tuition fees and an annual tax-free stipend of approximately £17,609.

How to apply

Applications will be assessed as received and all applicants should follow the standard College application procedure ( Please apply to the Department of Materials.

Informal enquiries and requests for additional information for these posts can be made to Dr. Ronny Pini,

To apply, please go to:

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Bhavna Patel ( or Amy Nommeots-Nomm (

Start Date: October 2022

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