Engineering and Physical Sciences Thematic Studentships

Applications are open for a PhD studentship to tackle engineering and physical sciences challenges.

This four-year studentship is offered through a cohort-based doctoral training programme. You will study alongside other PhD students and receive tailored training and support, starting on 1 October 2021. Funding is provided by the EPSRC.

Applications will close when these studentships have been allocated or by 31 July 2021 so you should apply as soon as possible.


Science-informed manufacturing for scientific discovery

One PhD studentships is available for a specific project, starting on 1 October 2021.

This thematic partnership provides an interface between science and making. Our research focuses on the provision of novel materials, processes and device concepts to unlock new understanding of manufacturing methods. High-value manufacturing is the driver for the modern world, providing new opportunities and potential for scientists and engineers.

Doctoral training will be provided across disciplines. Together with our world-class expertise, you will bring advances to the understanding of manufacturing methods, design and processes to accelerate emergence of novel materials and to enable future products.

You will enter multidisciplinary research and training environments including Advanced Manufacturing and the Centre for Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) groups coupled with pharmacy, physics, computer science and biosciences. This PhD programme has been developed with international collaborators and may include a period of study at one of our international partner institutions.

Available PhD projects

Hybrid UV-light sensors: from material manufacturing to miniaturised functional devices

Innovative solutions to global challenges require a shift towards transformative material systems and integration technologies. In particular, materials with selective absorption of UV light are highly desirable across several sectors, including healthcare and security.

This project brings together the University of Nottingham and the Defence Science Technology Laboratory (DSTL). It will develop UV light sensing materials and devices with versatile functionalities and compatibility with different platforms, beyond traditional Si-based technologies.

You will join an interdisciplinary team of scientists at the Centre for Additive Manufacturing and the School of Physics and Astronomy to design, fabricate and study hybrid UV-sensors that combine two-dimensional materials and nanocrystals.

These will include graphene layers decorated with optically-active nanocrystals by using an inkjet printing solution and fully printed graphene/perovskite heterostructures. The new structures will create innovative ways of studying and harnessing charge-tunnelling and light-matter interactions for UV sensing.

You will benefit from training in development of functional materials, studies and optimisation of advanced optoelectronic components and their fabrication using the latest technologies such as high-precision multi-material 3D-printing. We have links to national and international partners, including the DSTL and collaborators within the EU Graphene Flagship and the European Magnetic Field Laboratory.

Supervisory team
  • Dr Lyudmila Turyanska, Faculty of Engineering
  • Professor Richard Hague, Faculty of Engineering
  • Professor Chris Tuck, Faculty of Engineering
  • Dr Oleg Makarovsky, School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Professor Amalia Patanè, School of Physics and Astronomy

Entry requirements

You should have, or expect to obtain, a 2:1 or above in engineering, physics, chemistry or a related area. Successful applicants will be invited to interview.

Contact details

For more information, contact the Centre for Additive Manufacturing at Please include the title of the project you wish to apply for in your email.

Funding requirements

Fully funded studentships are available for UK applicants, provided by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

If you are successful, you will receive a stipend (£15,285 per year for 2020/21) for up to four years. Funding will also cover your full tuition fees and a Research Training Support Grant.

How to apply

To apply, you must:

Applications will close when these studentships have been allocated or by 31 July 2021 so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

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