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Formulation Behaviour at Complex Liquid-Solid Interfaces

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  • Full or part time
    Dr F Siperstein
    Dr A Patti
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

A fully-funded iCASE PhD at the University of Manchester in collaboration with IBM UK is available. The student will be based at the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at the University of Manchester and will have a 3-months secondment at IBM Research UK.

The project aims to develop simulation tools to describe the behaviour of formulated products at solid-liquid interfaces. Formulated products are complex mixtures that are designed with a specific purpose: dishwashing liquids should clean plates and leave glasses sparkling, hair conditioners should eliminate entanglement and leave the hair smooth and shiny, etc. This project will use large scale computing, apply and develop multiscale approaches to correctly describe these systems and predict their performance.

The project offers a unique opportunity to work in a mixed academia and industrial environment, with the possibility of attending workshops and conferences, networking opportunities, and a personal development plan to enable the student achieve long term professional goals.

The PhD has a flexible starting date, but should be no later than January 2019. The research group focus is in the area of simulation of soft matter at an atomistic or coarse-grained level. For more information, please refer to our websites:

Candidates with a good knowledge of mathematics, strong motivation and enthusiasm for scientific research are encouraged to apply. Candidates may have a background in chemical engineering, physics, applied mathematics, physical chemistry, computational chemistry, or computational materials science. Opportunities to acquire skills and knowledge in several areas will be available given the multidisciplinarity of the project, and candidates should demonstrate capacity for learning and applying new concepts. Students should have or expect to graduate with a high second class degree or above.

Applications – short cover letter (describing background and motivation) and a complete CV – will be considered upon receipt and the position will remain open until filled.

Informal enquiries should be sent to [Email Address Removed] or [Email Address Removed]

Funding Notes

Funding covers tuition fees and annual maintenance payments of at least the Research Council minimum (£14,777 for academic year 2018/19) for eligible UK and EU applicants. EU nationals must have lived in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the programme to be eligible for a full award (fees and stipend). Other EU nationals may be eligible for a fees-only award.

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Chemical Engineering

FTE Category A staff submitted: 33.90

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