PhD Studentship: Computational Design of Nanomaterials

University of Warwick

Application deadline: Open, subject to the position being filled

Start date: 2 October 2017

Duration: 3 years

The project: Nanotechnology offers exciting new possibilities for the design of new materials with desired, ‘engineered’, properties. Applications for this span through a variety of fields, from new generation of transistor devices, materials for energy conversion and generation such as advanced solar cells and thermoelectrics, nanosensors for ultra-high sensitivity, optoelectronics and solid state lighting, and so forth.

This project provides a unique opportunity to perform theoretical research through the use of atomistic and quantum mechanical computational methods, to explore the optimal design of material properties at the nanoscale. It will provide the opportunity to the student to use and develop advanced theoretical methods and computational tools that can be used for the design of new nanomaterials, guide the works of experimentalists, and open the path for new and exciting applications. This PhD project will be aligned with a larger effort to understand electrothermal properties at the nanoscale that will be initiated within a European Research Council (ERC) funded project.

Eligibility: Due to funding restrictions this award is available for well-qualified UK or EU students (oversees students can apply, but need to meet the difference in costs). Other motivated students are encouraged to apply but will need to secure their own funding. Candidates should hold a 1st or 2.1 degree; the ideal candidate will have a Masters Degree in Physics, Engineering, or the Sciences. The project involves solid state physics, simulator development, computation, and material science. The candidate needs to have basic knowledge of semiconductor device physics, as well as computational modelling skills. Experience in high performance computing techniques will also be beneficial.

Funding: The studentship covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (£4,191* at the 2017/18 rate) and standard stipend (£14,700* at the 2017/18 rate) per annum for three years.

*Home/EU PGR tuition fees for 2017/18 onwards are subject to RCUK funding rate changes and are therefore not yet confirmed. Fees are expected to increase and the inflation rate applied by RCUK is generally expected to be in line with RPI.

How to apply: To apply for this post you must complete the online application form and quote scholarship reference NN17.

As soon as you have a University ID number you will be invited to upload your degree certificate, transcripts, CV and a personal statement that explains your specific research interests and why you should be considered for this award.

Application Form Course Details:
Department: School of Engineering
Course Type: Research
Course: Engineering (PhD)
Application form:

Full details of the duties and selection criteria for this role are found in the vacancy advert on the University of Warwick jobs page. You will be routed to this when you click on the Apply button below.

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