PhD Studentship - Studies of Rotaxanes and Linked Rings Targeting Quantum Information Processing

The University of Manchester - School of Chemistry


Principal Supervisor: Prof Richard Winpenny

Co-supervisor: Prof Eric McInnes

Anticipated start date for project: 17 September 2018

Closing date for applications: The application deadline for this studentship is 5 February 2018. However, please note the School reserves the right to review applications as they are submitted, to interview and appoint a candidate that meets the academic requirements prior to the closing date.

Summary of Project

A PhD position isavailable within the molecular magnetism group at the University of Manchester ( The position is for a student to start their PhD studies in the autumn of 2018, although an earlier start could be arranged if necessary.

The project will be with Prof Richard Winpenny and Prof Eric McInnes, and will be to study heterometallic rings, rotaxanes and large assemblies of rings by pulsed EPR spectroscopy. The project will be suitable for a student interested in challenging work in spectroscopy, and will be based on previous results using pulsed EPR spectroscopy. The intention will be to perform experiments towards using molecular magnets in quantum computation and will involve close collaborations with groups in Oxford and Parma. The project will involve the possibility of exchange visits with groups elsewhere in Europe. Relevant publications include: Nature Commun. 2016, 7, 11377; Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 3876.


Applicants should have or expect a good II(i) honours degree (or an equivalent degree) in Chemistry, Physics or a related discipline. Prior experience in EPR spectroscopy is not essential.


Funded by an EPSRC DTG and awarded by the School of Chemistry. The funding covers tuition fees and a stipend for 3.5 years (£14,553p.a. in 2017/18). Due to funding restrictions the studentship is open to UK and EU nationals only.

Contact for further Information

Informal inquiries may be made to Prof Richard Winpenny:  Please note that to apply for this studentship you must submit a formal University online application form including a covering letter, formal written references, transcripts and degree certificate (if awarded).

How to Apply

Complete an online application form using the following web link

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