Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials PhD programme

University of Bristol

The project: The Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials (BCFN) now recruiting for 2017 entry to our 4-year programmes. This is an innovative interdisciplinary research training programme 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 studying with us 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 and one Research Project. 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.

Want to know what kinds of work you could do with us?  Visit

How to apply: Please make an online application for this project at Please select < Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials (4 year PhD)> on the Programme Choice page.

Deadlines: UK applicants for EPSRC funded places on the PhD programme for 2017 entry was Friday 13 January 2017. We only have a limited number of places for international applications so please apply as early as possible to secure a place on the BCFN PhD programme. Applications received after April 2017 may not be considered.

Candidate requirements:  If you have, or are about to obtain, a very good MSci/BSc degree in Physics, Chemistry, Material Science, or a related subject, we would very much welcome an application from you. 

For international applicants, please refer to the International Office web pages (

Funding: 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. Self-funded international applicants are also welcome to apply.

Contacts: Email or call us on +44 (0)117 92 87485

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