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Nanoscale molecular memory on diamond

Project Description

Dual-award between The University of Manchester and The University of Melbourne.

This dual-award programme offers candidates the opportunity to apply for a project with a strong supervisory team both in Manchester and in Melbourne. A dual award is a PhD programme which leads to separate awards from two partner institutions. PhD candidates will be registered at both Manchester and Melbourne and must complete all of the requirements of the PhD programme in both the home and partner university.

PhD candidates will begin their PhD in Manchester and will then spend at least 12 months in Melbourne. The amount of time spent at Manchester and Melbourne will be dependent upon the project and candidates will work with their supervisory team in the first year to set out the structure of the project.

Project Description
A jointly awarded PhD studentship from The University of Manchester and The University of Melbourne is available for an outstanding and ambitious chemist or physicist to undertake research in the field of nanoscale magnetism and spectroscopy. As part of a multidisciplinary team, the successful candidate will spend time performing research in the laboratory of Dr Nicholas Chilton in Chemistry at Manchester and Dr David Simpson in Physics at Melbourne. The student will learn about spectroscopy on the nanoscale using nitrogen-vacancy defects in diamond, molecular magnetism and quantum chemistry methods, and perform experiments to determine the surface conformation and magnetic properties of single-molecule magnets.

Academic background of candidates:
Candidates should have or expect to obtain a first class or upper-second class degree, specialising in chemistry or physics. Experience of EPR spectroscopy or quantum chemistry would be advantageous, although training will be provided. You should be capable of working under your own initiative and working with a number of research teams in Manchester and Melbourne, so excellent communication and organisational skills are also required.

Contact for further Information:
Dr Nicholas Chilton

Funding Notes

Funding for the programme will include tuition fees, an annual stipend (around 15,000 for 2019/20), a research training grant and student travel to Melbourne. You will spend at least 12 months at each institution and will receive a dual PhD at the end of the 3.5 year programme.

Open to UK/EU applicants only.

The programme will commence in September 2020.


For recent publications relevant to the project see: Goodwin et al., Nature, 2017, 548, 439; Simpson et al., Nature Commun., 2017, 8, 1; Goodwin et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 18714.

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