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Strongly correlated states in designer two-dimensional moiré heterostructures (EPS2022/31)

   School of Engineering & Physical Sciences

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  Dr Mauro Brotons-Gisbert, Dr Brian Gerardot  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Two-dimensional semiconductors, which can be easily combined to create entirely new materials, offer completely unique opportunities to engineer and tune the interactions between particles at the quantum level to give rise to emergent phases and states of matter. This project aims to design, fabricate, and characterize (via quantum transport and quantum optics) novel quantum devices based on highly tunable moiré heterostructures to investigate the two flavours (Bose and Fermi) of the Hubbard model for strongly-correlated particles.


All applicants must have or expect to have a 1st class MChem, MPhys, MSci, MEng or equivalent degree by Autumn 2022. Selection will be based on academic excellence and research potential, and all short-listed applicants will be interviewed (in person or by Skype). This scholarship is primarily open to UK/EU applicants who meet UK residency requirements set out by EPSRC, however funding may be available for exceptional overseas candidates.

Closing Date

All applications must be received by 28th February 2022. All successful candidates should usually expect to start in September/October 2022.

How to Apply

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When applying through the Heriot-Watt on-line system please ensure you provide the following information:

(a) in ‘Study Option’

You will need to select ‘Edinburgh’ and ‘Postgraduate Research’. ‘Programme’ presents you with a drop-down menu. Choose Physics PhD and select September 2022 for study option (this can be updated at a later date if required)

(b) in ‘Research Project Information’

You will be provided with a free text box for details of your research project. Enter Title and Reference number of the project for which you are applying and also enter the supervisor’s name.

This information will greatly assist us in tracking your application.

Please note that once you have submitted your application, it will not be considered until you have uploaded your CV and transcripts.

Funding Notes

There are a number of scholarships available which offer funding from between 3 and 3.5 years at an average stipend rate of £15,000 per year.
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