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Sustainable Polymer Synthesis

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, December 06, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

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 the design and synthesis of degradable polymer architectures 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 catalysis or polymer synthesis, including air-sensitive techniques, gel-permeation chromatography or biodegradation 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 this PhD is 3.5 years and 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 catalysis or polymer chemistry is desirable.

Funding Notes

The funding covers tuition fees and a stipend of £15,009 per year. EU nationals must have lived in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the programme to be eligible for a full award (fees and stipend).

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