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PhD in Chemistry - Tissue-like hydrogels based on Carbon Nitride

Project Description

Bright, highly motivated candidates are invited to apply for a fully funded 3.5 year PhD position in the School of Chemistry, available to commence on 1st October 2020 in the Schmidt research group at the University of Glasgow.

Natural tissue is a complex interplay of various components. A key parameter of the stability of natural tissue is the spatially controlled formation of layered structures. Recently, we could show the formation of hydrogels with significant mechanical properties via incorporation of graphitic-Carbon Nitride (g-CN).
The PhD student will study the formation of complex hydrogel architectures and their mechanical properties. Both synthetic and analytical tasks are part of the project to assess structure-property relationships. The final goal is to fabricate a composite hydrogel that mimics natural tissues regarding mechanical properties and water content. The research is of multidisciplinary nature and is situated between synthetic polymer chemistry and materials science. Therefore, the student should be able to administer collaborations with other groups and colleges. More information on the Schmidt group can be found at:

I am looking for a motivated candidate with broad scientific interests to join the Schmidt Group. The candidate should have a background in polymer chemistry and experience working in a lab environment. Experience in basic organic synthesis and colloid chemistry is an advantage. Moreover, candidates should hold (or expect to hold by the start date) a 1st or upper 2nd class MSc / MChem / BSc or equivalent in a relevant discipline (chemistry, materials, etc.).

Eligibility: 1st or upper 2nd class MSc / MChem / BSc or equivalent

Deadline: 16.02.2020 or until the position is filled

Prospective candidates should contact Dr Schmidt for information by email – – with a CV and cover letter, as soon as possible. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis.

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equality.

As an Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder, the School of Chemistry has equality, diversity and inclusion at its heart, and actively supports applications from all sections of society.

More details of the School’s Athena SWAN activities can be found here:

How to Apply: Please refer to the following website for details on how to apply:

Funding Notes

Funding is available to cover tuition fees for UK/EU applicants for 3.5 years, as well as paying a stipend at the Research Council rate (estimated £ 15,245 for Session 2020-21).

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