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Steering ultrafast dynamics in biological and technological chromophore molecules (BULLJU20SCIEC)

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, January 30, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This experimental project will use advanced laser technology and vacuum systems to investigate some of the fastest events observable in molecules that serve as the light-absorbing units in photoactive proteins, including green fluorescent protein, photoactive yellow protein and flavins. Experiments will be conducted in both the gas phase and in solution and compared with rigorous quantum chemical modelling. The project has three objectives: (i) understand the inherent photochemistry and structure-mechanism relationships of functional groups in biochromophores, (ii) develop connections between measurements in the gas phase and in solution by performing measurements in each environment, and (iii) apply multilaser strategies to coherently control excited state dynamics. It is a collaborative and multidisciplinary research programme. The successful candidate will work closely with the primary supervisor over the first year to gain laboratory skills and will then be given more independence over the second and third years. The candidate will have opportunities for collaborative visits to other laboratories in the UK and internationally, and also opportunities to present at specialised conferences.

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This is a PhD programme.

The start date of the project is 1 October 2020.

The mode of study is full-time. The studentship length is 3 years with a 1-year registration period.

Funding Notes

This PhD project is in a competition for a Faculty of Science funded studentship. Funding is available to UK/EU applicants and comprises home/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £15,009 for 3 years. Overseas applicants may apply but they are required to fund the difference between home/EU and overseas tuition fees (which for 2019-20 are detailed on the University’s fees pages at View Website . Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual increase).

Entry requirements:

Acceptable first degree in Chemistry, Physics or related subject.

The standard minimum entry requirement is 2:1.

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