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Fully Funded European Research Council PhD Scholarship: Controlling and Studying Rotational Quantum States of Molecules During Molecule-Surface Collisions


Project Description

This scholarship is funded by Swansea University and the European Research Council (ERC).

Project Supervisors:

Supervisor 1: Professor Gil Alexandrowicz, Department of Chemistry
Supervisor 2: Dr Deb Roy, Department of Chemistry

Start date: July 2020

Project description:

The surface dynamics group in Swansea University is home to a unique molecular beam apparatus which uses magnetic field manipulations to control and measure the rotational quantum state of a molecule as it collides with a surface, experiments which are impossible to perform using any other existing technique. Following our proof of principle demonstrations, we are now applying this new technique to study the interaction of various small molecules with metallic and insulating surfaces. The PhD project, which is part of our 5-year ERC consolidator research project “rotational waves”, will include aspects of designing parts of an experimental instrument, performing ultra-sensitive surface science measurements and designing and implementing data analysis techniques.

The research activities are along the interface between physics and chemistry (physical chemistry). Excellent applicants from either or both of these disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility
Candidates must have a first, upper second class honours or a Master’s degree with Merit, in Physics or Chemistry or closely related discipline.

For candidates whose first language is not English, we require IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in each component) or equivalent. Please visit our website for a list of acceptable English language tests. We prefer candidates to have already met the English Language requirements at the point of application, although this is not a requirement.

This scholarship is open to candidates of any nationality, however funding details for international students are to be confirmed.

Funding Notes

This three-year scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £20,000.

Funding details for international students are to be confirmed.

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