An exciting EPSRC (UKRI) DTG-sponsored PhD studentship has become available for an outstanding and ambitious chemist/spectroscopist to undertake research in an exiting project under the supervision of Dr. Simon Beaumont at Durham University. In this project, we will target the development of spectroscopic methods to look at functional molecular layers on surfaces, with the particular goal of being able to watch the structure of organic / molecular electronics change under working conditions. The project will form part of a collaboration including Prof. Andrew Beeby (Durham) and Prof. Paul Low (University of Western Australia, Perth). Where appropriate we will use a variety of methodologies including x-ray spectroscopy and national facilities, however the primary tool to be developed in this project is novel Raman spectroscopy methods using an existing laser setup in our laboratory. Essential qualifications: Candidates should have or expect to obtain a 1st or 2:1 class MChem, MPhys, MSci degree in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or Natural Sciences. (Applicants with other qualifications may be considered on an individual basis). Experience of spectroscopy, and especially practical laser spectroscopy, and numerical data analysis would be highly advantageous, although training will be provided. You should be capable of working under your own initiative, be willing to learn and to work both within a small research team and a wider collaborative research project, so excellent communication and organisational skills are essential. Candidates should be willing to travel to visit collaborating partners if the opportunity arises during the project. The studentship is restricted to students who are resident in the UK/EU for funding purposes. If English is not your first language, you will be required to meet the language requirements for postgraduate study (https://www.dur.ac.uk/learningandteaching.handbook/1/3/3/ - IELTS 6.5, no component under 6.0 or agreed equivalent). The funding covers tuition fees and a stipend for 39 months (UKRI rates: £15,009 for 19/20), ideally starting in October 2019.
Prompt applications are encouraged as the timescale for appointment is tight and a suitable candidate will be appointed as soon as identified (irrespective of closing date advertised).