The Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials (BCFN) is now recruiting for 2016 entry to our 4-year programmes. This is an innovative interdisciplinary research training programme which offers the opportunity to undertake a PhD in the application of nanomaterials to societal challenges, such as energy, health, or emerging technologies.
Scientific exploration and interdisciplinary training are central to your experience as a PhD student at BCFN. You will be working with other outstanding students, hand-picked from a variety of scientific backgrounds, undertaking a structured first year training programme, before selecting a PhD project.
You will work alongside research leaders in functional nanomaterials in world-leading research laboratories across the University of Bristol. The first year training programme is built around a choice of 3 different research opportunities: two short Training Projects (each one lasts 12 weeks) and one Extended Research Project (22 weeks). This means that you will have direct contact with many different academics and areas of research, and can build up your CV for the next step in your career.
Alongside this research, you will have tailored training workshops to build up your fundamental knowledge; hands-on technical training on research equipment, and special training sessions on communication, problem-solving Skills, teamwork, and the skills needed for managing People and projects - all essential for your future career. There are also regular Industrial Training modules with our industrial partners, designed to give you first-hand experience of solving real world problems.
We offer a strong focus on professional transferable skills alongside research throughout the lifecyle of your PhD, making you more employable in whatever field you choose to work in – our aim is to help you make the most of your potential as a postgraduate researcher and beyond.
The Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials (BCFN) draws from more than 100 expert academics from many different departments including Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Engineering and Medical Sciences at a top ranking University (no. 37 in the 2015-16 QS World Ranking, no. 69 in the 2015-16 Times Higher Education table) - all of this in the heart of the city of Bristol – recently ranked as the best UK city to live in (Sunday Times, 2014).
Want to know what kinds of work you could do with us? Visit www.bcfn.bris.ac.uk
At least an upper second-class honours degree (eg MSci, MPhys, MEng, MChem) or equivalent. Applicants with an upper second-class honours BSc degree may be considered if they can demonstrate very good potential for research.
We welcome applications from self funded international applications and you can find about international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
Full time: UK/EU £4,145, Overseas £18,100 pa
UK nationals are eligible for an EPSRC studentship which covers tuition fees and living costs. This also applies to EU nationals who have lived in the UK for at least three years.
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.