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Discovery of halide perovskite thermoelectric materials


   School of Engineering and Materials Science

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  Dr Oliver Fenwick  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

The following doctoral studentship is available in the School of Engineering and Materials Science to start in September 2022. For more information on how to apply for this or other funded opportunities available please visit our website: https://www.qmul.ac.uk/dce/applications/

We are considering applications on a rolling basis (first come, first served) so please aim to submit your application at your earliest convenience as the project might close before the deadline advertised.

Programme duration: max 48 months full-time (part-time options available)

Studentship includes a tax-free maintenance stipend of £21,245 per annum (pro-rata for PT) for max 48 months. Tuition fees covered at the Home Student rate (please see below). Research Training & Support Grant available to cover research costs (consumables) and other research-related activities, such as additional training or conferences.

Degree Qualification upon completion: Engineering Doctorate (EngD). The Engineering Doctorate is a doctoral level degree (equivalent to a PhD) where the student pursues a research project with substantial industrial application. As part of our programme, you will take a programme of taught courses and industrial placements.

Keywords: Materials discovery; perovskite; machine learning; thermoelectric

In recent years a number of databases of computed or experimental properties of known materials have been developed. When new technologies emerge, this invites the possibility of mining data from these databases to predict the most suitable materials to realise the technology. It may even be possible to use the database of known materials to predict new ones or to propose modified compositions that improve performance. This project will focus on the development of new thermoelectric materials that can be used to convert waste heat into electricity. One particular class of these materials that has recently emerged out of research at QMUL is the halide perovskites. However, this is a vast class of materials, and experimental research could be accelerated if data mining and machine learning could be used to predict material compositions that would yield the highest performance.

Entry Criteria:

Candidates should usually have:

-         an undergraduate degree of 2:1 or above (or equivalent non-UK qualification) in a relevant subject such as Engineering, Physics, or Computer Science. Candidates without a first degree or qualifications below a 2:1 degree are welcome to apply and will be considered on a case by case basis should they have at least five years of relevant work experience (post qualification).

-         been awarded their most recent degree (if any) before November 2019 

-         at least three years' full-time employment (or equivalent) in a related field prior to applying to the programme, preferably for a UK company or a company with a substantial connection to the UK;

-         previous experience working in a related field,

-         the aim to further their career within UK Industry

We particularly welcome applicants who:

-         Have faced barriers to accessing/continuing education, e.g. financial barriers, lack of alignment between education and professional development needs, lack of flexibility around work and/or family commitments

-         Have taken a career break

-         Belong to, or identify with, groups who have been historically underrepresented and marginalised in Science, Engineering, and Technology, as well as in doctoral-level study

-         Have not considered pursuing a Doctorate before

Funding eligibility criteria

We appreciate all talent and skills, and we welcome applicants of all backgrounds and identities. Our applications are open to both home and international students who meet all the programme entry criteria. We can allocate up to 30% of our places to International Students. Regretfully however, the funding allocated to us does not cover the full cost of tuition for those classified as international students. If a candidate classified for fees at the international student rate is offered a place on the programme, the difference between home and international fees will have to be covered from other sources, e.g. additional funding, the employer, or the student directly.

In order to be classified as a Home Student and be eligible for full funding, applicants must:

-         Have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK 

-         have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. For example: 

o  UK nationals

o  EU nationals seeking permanent settlement in the UK

o  nationals of any other country with unrestricted UK immigration status (e.g. indefinite leave to remain) and full-time residence in the UK.

If in doubt please contact us with full details of your degree award dates, nationality, immigration status, and residency since 2019. 


Funding Notes

Our applications are open to both home and international students who meet all the programme entry criteria. We can allocate up to 30% of our places to International Students. Regretfully however, the funding allocated to us does not cover the full cost of tuition for those classified as international students. If a candidate classified for fees at the international student rate is offered a place on the programme, the difference between home and international fees will have to be covered from other sources, e.g. additional funding, the employer, or the student directly.
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