Molecular Imaging and Analysis Doctoral Training Programme

Applications are open for up to four PhD studentships, with the Molecular Imaging and Analysis Doctoral Training Programme.

This programme builds on the unique technical capabilities and international leadership of the University of Nottingham in this research area.

Applications will close when these studentships have been allocated or by Friday 28 August 2020 so you should apply as soon as possible.


Programme overview

This programme seeks to develop a new generation of scientists with analytical and materials characterisation skills underpinning a wide range of molecular science topics in chemistry, physics and engineering, with particular focus on nanoscale materials.

This exciting programme offers a combined approach to practical and theoretical training for its students, enabled by the Nanoscale and Microscale Research Centre – a globally unique facility housing imaging and analytical instrumentation, with a strong research portfolio and engagement with the industrial sector, which will provide a state-of-the-art training environment for students of this doctoral training partnership.

The functional properties of molecules and materials are determined at the atomic bonding level and expressed ultimately by their interactions with atoms and molecules of other components within a system. Therefore, imaging and analysis across the length scales, from micro to nano and down to the single-molecule scale holds the key for a wide spectrum of applications, ranging from electronic devices, catalysts and sensors, quantum systems, along with materials for energy storage and conversion.

Our PhD students will be developing new approaches and methodologies for molecular imaging and analysis to deliver solutions for urgent technological, economic and societal challenges facing humankind. Each PhD student will be supervised by two academics bringing complementary research expertise and providing excellent opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration.

Contact details

For more information, please contact the academic lead: Professor Andrei Khlobystov, School of Chemistry and Nanoscale and Microscale Research Centre.

Funding and entry requirements

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

If you are an EU applicant and can confirm that you have been resident in the UK for at least three years before October 2020, you may also be eligible for a full award. EU students who are not able to prove that they meet the residency criteria may apply for a fees only award.

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.

Entry requirements

You should have, or expect to obtain, a 2:1 or above in in a relevant discipline.

How to apply

To apply, please follow these steps:

  1. Submit an application to study at the University through our online application system, NottinghamHub
  2. Complete this funding application form (Word) and upload this to the applicant portal
  3. Email to confirm that you would like to apply for EPSRC funding

Applications will close when these studentships have been allocated or by Friday 28 August 2020 so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

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