Spin physics, the science that describes how electron spin may be coupled through ‘spooky action at a distance’ or quantum entanglement. The Radical Pair Mechanism (RPM) in which two radicals are linked through the spin of quantum-entangled electrons, is believed to provide the avian compass but may also be involved in health-related phenomena, such as inflammation and wound healing. Recent experiments have demonstrated that spin physics may be involved in the activation of some drugs. In this theory project the RPM will form the theoretical starting point for simulation of magnetic field effects and isotope effects of drug-spin interactions.
Spin dynamics calculations will be supported by molecular docking, ab initio quantum calculations of radical properties and molecular dynamics simulations. This study, which will run alongside a parallel experimental project, will allow a comprehensive description of the spin dynamics based on the theory of open quantum systems. It will involve collaboration with the University of Exeter, the National Physics Laboratory and the University of California, USA.
This is a three year project, commencing in October 2020.
Entry requirements: BSc/Masters in Chemistry, Physics or Physical Sciences, ideally with computer modelling/simulation experience. IELTS: 6.5 overall, with no lower than 6.0 in each band.
How to apply: Applications should be sent through the Biosciences and Medicine PhD course page: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/biosciences-and-medicine-phd. Please clearly state the studentship title and supervisor on your application. When the system asks you to add your ‘Research Project’ please copy and paste the project description of the project you wish to apply for.
All University academic fees are covered with a stipend of £15,285 per annum for UK/EU citizens.