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  Deposition of novel transparent conducting thin films with unusual optoelectronic properties


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  Dr Geoffrey Hyett  Applications accepted all year round  Competition Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Supervisory Team:  Dr Geoffrey Hyett, Professor Gill Reid

A fully-funded 3.5 year PhD studentship in materials chemistry at the University of Southampton is available under the supervision of Dr Geoffrey Hyett and Prof Gill Reid is a collaboration with Pilkington NSG. The project will investigate the synthesis of mixed anion thin films for transparent conductor applications, and will involve the synthesis and characterisation of novel molecular precursors to deliver the required elemental compositions and phases and make use of a range of thin film deposition techniques, including low pressure and aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition and sol gel dip-coating.

You will help to develop this new thin film deposition methodology and will gain expertise in inorganic synthesis, and associated characterisation techniques such as NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry for precursor characterisation, as well as X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, etc., to evaluate the thin film properties.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Geoffrey Hyett ([Email Address Removed]). The project is funded for 3.5 years and welcomes applicants from the UK who have or expect to obtain at least an upper second class degree in Chemistry or another related discipline. Funding will cover fees and a stipend at current research council rates of £17,668 per annum. 

Due to funding restrictions this position is only open to UK applicants

Applications for a PhD in Chemistry should be submitted online at:

The School of Chemistry is committed to promoting equality, diversity inclusivity as demonstrated by our Athena SWAN award. We welcome all applicants regardless of their gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or age, and will give full consideration to applicants seeking flexible working patterns and those who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy, onsite childcare facilities, and offers a range of benefits to help ensure employees’ well-being and work-life balance. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and has been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.

Please place Geoffrey Hyett in the field for proposed supervisor/project. Any queries on the application process should be made to [Email Address Removed]

Applications will be considered in the order that they are received, and the position will be considered filled when a suitable candidate has been identified.

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Geoffrey Hyett, FIMS Research Group, Email: [Email Address Removed], Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 3592.

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 01 September 2023 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Funding: For UK students, Tuition Fees and a stipend of £17,668 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.

How To Apply

Apply online: PhD Application | Research | University of Southampton. Select programme type (Research), 2023/24, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering, next page select “PhD Chemistry (Full time)”. In Section 2 of the application form you should insert the name of the supervisor Dr Geoffrey Hyett

Applications should include:

  • Research Proposal
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two reference letters
  • Degree Transcripts/Certificates to date

For further information please contact: [Email Address Removed]

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