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PhD in Physics/Engineering

University of Exeter

We are currently recruiting to fully funded PhD studentships in Physics/Engineering.

If not stated otherwise in the individual project descriptions, for eligible students the studentship (normally 4 years, total value approx. £105,000) will cover UK/EU tuition fees, plus an annual tax-free stipend of about 16,500 per year, or pro rata for part-time study, plus a Research and Training Support Grant (RTSG) of £13,000. UK/EU tuition fees and RTSG only for international students.

About us 

Exeter has a well-established and strong track record in functional materials and metamaterials research, spanning a unique mix of interests in our focus areas:

  • Acoustic, Phononic and Fluidic Metamaterials
  • Microwave and RF Metamaterials and Devices
  • Nanocomposites and Manufacturing
  • Photonic and Plasmonic Materials
  • Soft Matter, Biomaterials and Sensors
  • Spintronics, Magnonics and Magnetic Materials
  • Theory and Modelling to drive Targeted Material and Device Design
  • Two Dimensional Electronic and Photonic Materials

We have long standing experience with doctoral training through our CDT in Metamaterials with a total of over 80 PhD students. The Centre opened its doors in September 2014 and now consists of more than 80 PhD students (Postgraduate Researchers, PGRs) from the UK, the EU and beyond, who are training in a stimulating, challenging yet supportive cohort-based environment. Our first graduates finished their PhD in 2018 and went on into employment in industry (e.g. QinetiQ and Metaboards) and as postdocs in Higher Education Institutions in- and outside of the UK.

Thanks to our industrial partners and the commitment from our College we can now offer fully funded PhD studentships for start in September 2019:

Who we are looking for

The successful candidates are team players, willing to contribute their individual strengths to the wider research community. They are keen to gain knowledge and experience beyond their individual research project. We look for pro-active self-starters with a clear vision on why they would like to study for a PhD in Physics/Engineering and how they would like to use the PhD studentship and training opportunities available at Exeter to work towards their future careers (for example in industry, academia, or governmental institutions).

Submit your application

Applications are made to the PhD programme as a whole, not to individual projects.  However, we invite candidates to specify and discuss their interest in a specific project or multiple projects as part of the application process. Following discussions at interview, projects will be allocated to successful candidates when the studentship offer is made. 

The application criteria are outlined in the individual project advertisements. Please ensure to submit all evidence required.

The application deadline is 30 April 2019.

However, interviews are expected to start from February 2019. It is therefore advisable to apply as soon as possible.

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Exeter
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Fully-funded 4 year studentships. Total value about £105k. Includes UK/EU tuition fees, Research and Training Support Grant (RTSG) of £13,000, and about £16,500 annual tax-free stipend, or pro rata for part-time study, for EU/UK nationals.
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Placed On: 15th March 2019
Closes: 30th April 2019
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