Adapted from Nature 499, 419 (2013)

2D Materials and their vdW heterostructures for the next generation of energy efficient devices

Project funded by EPSRC

Funding Length: 3 Years


Elton Santos

PhD studentship in Condensed Matter Physics in partnership with the University of Manchester and Queen's University Belfast

Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD studentship (EPSRC funded) to work in the area of 2D Materials and their vdW heterostructures for the next generation of energy efficient devices.

The PhD studentship is part of a close collaboration between the group led by Dr. Elton Santos at the School of Mathematics and Physics at Queen's University Belfast, and the group of Prof. Sir Kostya Novoselov, FRS at the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester.

The student will be working in a collaborative environment where experiments and theory will be combined to advance the science and applications of energy materials and 2D-heterostructures. Several long visits to Manchester will be an essential part of the project, where experiments will be performed at world-class facilities at the National Graphene Institute.

In particular, this project will investigate the chemical and physical properties of 2D compounds broadly defined (e.g. oxides, BN, graphene, transition-metal dichalcogenides, etc). A combination of material synthesis and advanced characterization tools will be used to understand the basic physics of these novel materials and evaluate their suitability for electronic and optical applications. Simulations at different levels of theory, ranging from numerical to multi-scale approaches will be utilized.

The applicants should have a university degree in physics, chemistry or equivalent (minimum entry 2:1). Imaginative and highly motivated candidates are encouraged to apply. The position is available immediately, and the start date is negotiable.

Applicants with British citizenship, or those who have been resident in the UK for 3 years, are invited to apply. For EU candidates, fees can be paid from the studentship even though additional resources for the stipend should be brought.

How to apply
Interested applicants should complete an online application form, providing an up-to-date CV, a letter of motivation, and the names and contact details of at least two academic referees.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Prof. Kostya Novoselov or Dr. Elton Santos.

Closing date: 30th August 2017, or until position is filled.