PhD in Nanoscience - 4 Year PhD fully funded studentship Exploring the physical, electrical and magnetic properties of 2D materials

The University of Manchester

GrapheneNOWNANO & Bruker have joined forces to offer an excellent opportunity to undertake studies leading to a PhD in nanoscience focused on understanding how scanning probe microscopy (SPM) can contribute to exploring 2D materials and devices. The project will be centred on exploring the physical, electrical and magnetic properties of 2D materials and their interaction with the nanoscale materials using novel imaging modes.

The successful applicant will be part of the Graphene NOWNANO Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) ( The CDT is a partnership between the University of Manchester and Lancaster University. It builds on the two partners’ world-leading expertise in the science and technology of graphene and other 2D materials. The CDT builds upon and is run jointly with our NOWNANO programme established in 2009.

Key points of the PhD

  • 6-month training in fundamentals of 2D materials and core research techniques, including 2 mini-projects in a choice of labs
  • 3 1/2 year research project in state-of-the-art interdisciplinary nanoscience laboratories
  • This project is jointly funded by Bruker ( who are one of the world’s leading suppliers of scanning probe microscopes which will provide excellent opportunities to interact with industrial scientists, including working visits to their facilities in USA (Santa Barbara, CA). The project will ideally suit a student who is interested in both the basic science and application areas and has a flare for pushing the boundaries of current instrumentation to enable new scientific discovery.

Who should apply?

We welcome applications from UK and EU graduates with a good honours undergraduate degree (1st class or a high 2i), or a first degree with an additional masters degree, in physics, electrical engineering or a closely related discipline.

Please indicate clearly on your application that you are interested in the Bruker/Graphene NOWNANO project.

In addition to online applications, please email your documents (CV including two referees, acadmemic transcript and statement of purpose) to