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Fully Funded Studentships on 4 year MRes + PhD at EPSRC CDT in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (NanoDTC)

Fully Funded Studentships on 4 year MRes + PhD at EPSRC CDT in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (NanoDTC)

The EPSRC CDT in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (NanoDTC) at the University of Cambridge invites applications from top-class independent-thinking students for its multi-facted MRes + PhD programme in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. We welcome applicants from across Physical Sciences including Physics, Chemistry, Materials and Engineering. Entry into this prestigious programme is very competitive, and will take into account qualifications, aspirations and experience.

Students joining this 4-year interdisciplinary programme will undergo thorough training in all aspects of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (through lectures, lab practicals and several short research projects) during their 1st year, before embarking on a PhD project designed by them in collaboration with supervisors of their choice, from nearly a hundred Nano research groups around the University for a further three years, with second supervisors from another department.

An important component of the programme is exposure to innovation and business courses including the custom-designed course on Nurturing and Managing Innovation, and through partner Nanotechnology companies.

Research in the centre is focussed on understanding and control of nano interfaces across multiple time scales and material systems for applications in areas including:

  • Energy Generation and Storage: Batteries, Photovoltaics, Supercapacitors, Solar fuels
  • Advanced Information and Communication: Quantum devices, 2D Materials, Spintronics, Photonics
  • Health: DNA origami, Cellular Imaging, Sensing, Targeting of disease, Microfluidics, Scaffolds
  • Internet of Things: Sensing, Energy Harvesting, Wearables
  • Sustainability: Plastics Recycling, Cellulose, Biomimetics, Self Assembly

A key overarching theme in this CDT is to integrate nano materials and devices into functional systems using engineering approaches, combining interfaces, integration, innovation, and interdisciplinarity (i4 Nano). Many world-leading scientists supervise projects in this i4 Nano CDT including:

Prof. Jeremy Baumberg (FRS), Prof. Stephan Hofmann, Prof. Ulrich Keyser, Prof. Erwin Reisner, Dr. Cate Ducati, Prof. Clare Grey (FRS), Prof. Henning Sirringhaus (FRS), Prof. Mete Atature, Prof. Christopher Ford, Prof. Russell Cowburn (FRS), Prof. David Ritchie, Prof. Neil Greenham, Prof. Oren Scherman, Prof. George Malliaras, Dr. Akshay Rao, Dr. Sam Stranks, Dr. Tawfique Hasan, Dr. Laura Torrente, Dr. Michael de Volder, Dr. Ronan Daly, Prof. Tuomas Knowles, Dr. Sian Dutton, Prof. Judith Driscoll, Prof. Clemens Kaminski, Dr. Sohini Kar-Narayan, Dr. Rachel Evans, Dr. Silvia Vignolini, Dr. Hannah Joyce, Dr. Hugo Bronstein, Dr. Emilie Ringe, Dr. Louise Hirst, and many more…

Full funding is available for UK students and EU students resident in the UK for the past 3 years. Funding for exceptional EU and overseas students may also available. Applicants should or be expecting to graduate with a high degree (equivalent to a First class honours (1st) or Second class honours, upper division (2.i) in a relevant science or engineering discipline.

International applicants should see this link to find out what grades they need to have. Applicants should have an interest in innovation, nanoscience and nanotechnology, and be motivated to work across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Application deadline: Applications accepted to 30 June 2020. Please note most offers will have been made. Please bear this mind in applying.

Applications for should be made through the online Graduate Application Portal for Cambridge University. For more information about the application process, visit

Enquiries: [email protected]

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