The Green Materials Laboratory within the Department of Materials at the University of Manchester and housed in the Henry Royce Institute has a PhD position open now to an enthusiastic and collaborative chemist to develop the next generation of sustainable polymers. The project builds on our existing expertise in designing polymers and systems that retain or enhance properties through mechanical recycling for application in tackling the urgent challenge of plastics circularity. The project is under the direction of Prof. Michael Shaver as part of a diverse team addressing academic and industry challenges in sustainable polymer science.
While attitude and desire is the overriding factor in choosing a candidate, some experience in polymer rheology or extrusion is beneficial. You should be capable of working under your own initiative and building relationships in a diverse and hard-working team. The School is committed to Athena SWAN principles to promote women in science. The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
The duration of the PhD is 3.5 years. The proposed start date is 1st September 2020.
Applicants should have or expect to achieve at least a 2.1 honours degree in chemistry, materials or a cognate discipline. Interest or experience in one or more of polymer chemistry or processing is desirable.
The funding covers tuition fees and a stipend of £15,009 per year.