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PhD Studentship in Quantum Sensors for Early Disease Diagnosis

University College London

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £17,009
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 24th July 2019
Closes: 4th September 2019
Reference: 1811906

London Centre for Nanotechnology and Division of Medicine


Applications are invited for a fully funded EPSRC DTP PhD Studentship to work with Prof Rachel McKendry (London Centre for Nanotechnology and Division of Medicine) on Quantum Materials for Early Disease Diagnosis, affiliated to the i-sense EPSRC IRC Next Steps Award in Agile Early Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Disease and Antimicrobial Resistance (

The studentship will cover Home/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of no less than £17,009 increasingly annually with inflation. The studentship is funded for 4 years on a full-time basis. The successful applicant is expected to start by 1 December 2019.

Studentship Details

We seek to recruit an outstanding engineer/physical scientist to build a new generation of quantum sensors for early disease diagnosis at the point of care. This exciting PhD project is aligned to the i-sense EPSRC IRC, a large interdisciplinary research collaboration, led by UCL, which aims to detect infectious diseases much earlier than ever before (Director Prof Rachel McKendry).

The research will aim to harness the unique properties of quantum materials to develop an ultra-sensitive diagnostic devices to detect the very early stages of infection. This project will involve the use of novel materials and optical detection systems.


Suitable candidates for this post will have a first or 2:1 class honours undergraduate degree and/or a post-graduate masters qualification in any of the following disciplines: Engineering, material science, physics, chemistry or a related discipline.

Applicants must be meet the EPSRC eligibility conditions to be eligible for the award – in summary this typically means that applicants must have no restrictions on their right to live in the UK permanently and have been resident in the UK for three years immediately prior to the studentship commencing. EU Citizens who have not been residing in the UK for the past 3 years may be eligible for a fees only award. Please see EPSRC’s website for further details: 


Interested candidates should contact Prof Rachel McKendry ( with a covering letter and a full CV (including contact details for at least two academic referees plus marks/grades achieved on current courses if/as applicable). The covering letter should outline your interest in and suitability for, researching the suggested topic.

Successful candidates will be invited to submit a formal application to UCL.

The closing date for applications is 4 September 2019. The project will commence by 1 December 2019.

Any inquiries or further information about the studentship should be emailed to 

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