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PhD Studentship - Chemical and Biological Nano Sensors for Biomedicine and the Environment

University of Southampton

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Southampton
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: The funding covers EU/UK fees and stipend
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 19th February 2020
Closes: 31st August 2020
 

Supervisor: Prof. Antonios Kanaras

Co-supervisor: Prof. Otto Muskens

Project description

PhD studentship in the LICNA group (www.licn.phys.soton.ac.uk).

Sensors are systems that can detect the presence of specific molecules usually via an optoelectronic signal. Typical characteristics that need to be controlled to make a good sensor include the signal to noise ratio, cost, selectivity, detection limit and durability.

In this project the aim is to develop a range of new optical sensors made from nanoparticles and 2d materials that they will be used to detect the smallest amounts of molecules related to various diseases and contaminated environments. The successful candidate will gain expertise in the chemical synthesis and surface modification of nanoparticles, and the design of chemical systems to sense molecules of importance. They will also gain expertise to a vast range of techniques including electron and optical microscopies.

Candidates should have a degree in one of the following disciplines: chemistry, physics, biology or materials. More information related to the project can be found to the following papers (ACS Nano, 2018, 12 (6), pp 6273–6279; ACS Sens. 2017, 2 (1), 52-56; ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2015, 7 (23), 12422-12429).

If you wish to discuss any details of the project informally, please contact Prof. Antonios Kanaras, QLM Research Group, Email: a.kanaras@soton.ac.uk. Tel: +44 (0) 2380 59 2466.

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 August 2020 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.

Funding: full tuition plus, for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £15,009 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.

How To Apply

Applications should be made online here selecting “PhD Physics (Full time)” as the programme. Please enter Prof. Antonios Kanaras under the proposed supervisor.

Applications should include:

  • Research Proposal (optional)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two reference letters
  • Degree Transcripts to date

Apply online: www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/how-to-apply/postgraduate-applications.page

For further information please contact: feps-pgr-apply@soton.ac.uk

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in Chemistry. In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN Silver award in 2014 a and a second Silver award in 2017. Chemistry gives full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy*, onsite childcare facilities. For further information please visit www.southampton.ac.uk/chemistry/about/Equality/index.page.

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward. Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities. This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

*subject to qualifying criteria

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