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PhD Position Available in Experimental Nanoscience

Durham University - Department of Physics

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Durham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,009 stipend
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 9th November 2019
Expires: 8th February 2020

Local Tracking of Single Ions Dynamics at Solid-Liquid Interfaces

Ions are everywhere in nature and technology. They play a crucial role in countless processes, from the salt we use in food to keeping the electrostatic balance in our bodies. In technology, ions act as charge carriers in energy conversion and in storage devices. In many cases, ions operate at the interface between a liquid in which they are dissolved and the surface of a solid. Their mobility is key to making devices more efficient. However, it is currently not possible to track single ions moving at the surface of immersed solids. Measurement rely on an average picture that cannot fully capture nanoscale effects and hamper the rational development of devices.

The goal of this PhD project is to develop a novel type of microscope able to probe the dynamics of single ions at the surface of immersed solids. This will be achieved by combining the high-resolution capability of atomic force microscopy together with high-frequency electrochemical measurements.

The PhD student will work as part of a team involving postdocs and researchers and focus primarily in the development and testing of the microscope. He/she will also have the possibility to get involved with applications in biological and energy-related systems.

The position is for 3.5 years, available of EU/UK citizens, and comprises:

  • Cover of university tuition fees.
  • Competitive living allowance.
  • Additional funds for travel (international conferences and meetings).

Application deadline: No firm deadline. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

Interested candidates should send:

  • Their CV with publication list.
  • The contact details of 2 referees.
  • A cover letter explaining briefly why they are interested in the position.

Project supervisor: Kislon Voitchovsky (

Starting date: 1 October 2019 (or later as agreed)

Informal enquiries are welcome.

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