PhD Studentship in Nanomaterials

University of Southampton - Physics and Astronomy

3.5 year Ph.D. studentship
Funding: fees and stipend at EPSRC rate
Eligibility: UK and EU Nationals only, due to funding restrictions
PhD Supervisor: Prof. David Smith
Deadline: October 1st 2017

A fully-funded 3.5 year PhD studentship in the Physics of Nanomaterials is available at the University of Southampton. The studentship will be associated with the new EPSRC programme grant, ADEPT (Advanced Devices by Electroplating) ( The programme will use electrodeposition to structure semiconductors for device applications including thermoelectrics, phase change memory and IR sensors on a micro and nano-scale, and involves research groups in physics, chemistry and electronic engineering in the Universities of Southampton, Warwick and Nottingham. A cohort of four students will be appointed on the project in Southampton in 2017, with further students starting in 2018. These will work closely with the team of 7 academic investigators and 10 postdoctoral researchers in this highly interdisciplinary and challenging project.

The successful applicant will be based in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton within the group of Prof. David Smith. The project will involve the application of a range of optical spectroscopic techniques including resonance Raman scattering (ACS Nano 2014 8 (9), 9044-9052) femtosecond resolution pump-probe ultrafast dynamics measurements (Nano Lett DOI: 10.1021/nl303569n), and photocurrent spectroscopy to investigate the structural, thermal and electronic properties of the unique nanostructured materials produced within the project. 

Informal enquiries may be directed to Prof. David Smith ( by emailing This 3.5 year studentship is funded for UK and EU students

Candidate Requirements:

Applications would be welcome from candidates holding good degrees (1st class or 2:1 honours) in physics, materials science, or electronic engineering. Experimental skills are essential. In addition to the standard EPSRC PhD studentship, this position includes a generous annual allowance to cover attendance at international conferences. This post is open to UK and EU citizens only, due to funding restrictions.

How to apply:

To apply for this studentship please submit an application for a PhD in Physics and Astronomy to the University of Southampton including the fact that you wish to do a PhD in Nanomaterial with Prof. David Smith., See the following address for more details.

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