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Bismuth-chalcogenides for photovoltaics and photocatalytic performance using simulations based on Density Functional Theory


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About the Project

PhD position on Bismuth Chalcogenides at Institute of Technology, Sligo, Ireland.
A postgraduate research studentship funded by the Institute of Technology, Sligo, Ireland is available in the group of Dr. Akinlolu Akande in collaboration with Prof. Stefano Sanvito of Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and Dr. Fadwa El-Mellouhi of QEERI, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar. The focus of the project will be on Bismuth-chalcogenides for photovoltaics and photocatalytic performance using simulations based on Density Functional Theory. The candidate will be based in Sligo, with visits to Dublin and Qatar.

Applicant should have a degree in Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, or equivalent with a robust background in solid state physics and knowledge of numerical simulations (programming skills are appreciated). He/She should be able to work independently as well as with a team. Good communication skills in English are also required. The starting date of the study is expected to be October 2020, as compatible with COVID19 restrictions.

FUNDING SOURCE: President’s Bursary 2020 with a maintenance grant of €13,000 p.a. and up to €4,000 p.a. for expenses as approved. Tuition fees (currently €819 p.a.) will be paid by the Institute for all holders of student bursaries. Students are required to pay their registration fee. The registration fee for 2018-2019 is €3,000 p.a.

DURATION: Funding will be initially for a maximum of 2 years full time Master’s registration. This research has potential to transition into a PhD up to a maximum of 4 years.

To Apply
Please send by email to Dr. Akinlolu Akande, ([Email Address Removed]) and CC Veronica Cawley ([Email Address Removed] )

1) A detailed cover letter
2) A full curriculum vitae
3) Academic transcripts for each year of study
4) Contact details of two academic referees

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit the original certificate of completion of an English test.

Please insert the subject line ‘ITSligo President’s Bursary 2020’ with your electronic correspondence.

Closing Date for Applications: 17:00 local time, 21st of September 2020.
For further information on the position, please contact Akinlolu Akande by email [Email Address Removed]


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