The University of Liverpool is offering Ph.D positions starting October 2019 in a new Centre that will deliver a new cross-disciplinary approach to materials chemistry research. The Centre will train PhD graduates at the interface of physical science, AI, data science, and robotics to create the leaders in data-enabled science that UK industry and academia requires to deliver R&D 4.0. We seek applicants with a strong undergraduate background in chemistry, computer science, engineering, physics, mathematics or materials science for these posts.
The 42 month Ph.D projects will tackle multidisciplinary problems which are co-defined by industrial partners, working with University of Liverpool academics in the physical sciences, computer science, and engineering, with supervisory teams spanning the range of disciplines required to tackle the research problems. Core training in robotics, automation and data science will form part of a unifying curriculum, together with leadership and entrepreneurship training, to underpin the individual research projects.
Students will be located in the newly opened Materials Innovation Factory (MIF), which collocates academic and industrial researchers over 4 floors, with state-of-the-art automated research capabilities, including the £3M Formulation Engine. They will benefit from the cross-disciplinary training environment of the MIF, which contains staff from Physics and Computer Science as well as Chemistry, and the well-established community around the Leverhulme Research Centre in Functional Materials Design, which is typified by a vibrant functioning engagement between physical science and computer science. Industrial partners include Unilever, Johnson Matthey and NSG Pilkington.
High-throughput, data science-enabled materials discovery, evaluation and processing for battery, catalysis and manufacturing applications (Three positions with Johnson Matthey): These positions will exploit robotic synthesis (using the Formulation Engine in the Materials Innovation Factory and a range of smaller robotic platforms), parallel measurement and data science approaches to enhance the rate of discovery and assessment of new materials for applications in areas such as batteries and catalysis of direct interest to Johnson Matthey. This team of PhD researchers will work closely to apply a matching set of skills in physical and computer sciences to these problems, and hence these positions are well-suited to a range of skills. Supervision is provided from Chemistry and Computer Science.
Applications are invited for a specific project/s. Speculative applications will also be considered from highly talented and ambitious students with a background in chemistry, computer science, engineering, physics, mathematics or materials science, who are keen to apply cross-disciplinary approaches to contemporary grand challenges for materials science in an integrated team. Speculative applications should quote ‘University of Liverpool Doctoral Training Centre in Next-Generation Materials Chemistry – GEN’ as the application reference. When applying please specify the project(s) you are interested in.
Deadline: 30 August 2019. We recommended you apply as soon as possible as applications will be considered as soon as they are received.
The award will pay full tuition fees and a maintenance grant for 3.5 years. The maintenance grant will be £14,777 pa for 2018-19. The award will pay full home/EU tuition fees and a maintenance grant for 3.5 years. Non-EU applicants may have to contribute to the higher non-EU overseas fee. One of the positions will have a requirement to work up to 88 hours per year in teaching-related activity in the Department of Chemistry and may be asked to teach up to 144 hours per year if required, with teaching above 88 hours being paid at the standard University demonstrator rate.