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PhD Studentship: Enabling Particle Complex Refractive Index Measurements in Liquid Dispersions for Real World Applications

University of Bristol - School of Physics

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bristol
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Standard UKRI rate (including a £15,609 tax-free stipend for 21/22 academic year)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 14th May 2021
Closes: 25th June 2021

The Bristol-National Physical Laboratory-Malvern Panalytical PhD Scholarship

In this collaborative, industry-focused, research degree you will develop and explore innovative new schemes for the optical characterisation of nano- and micro-particles by deriving complex refractive index information. The integration of this function into laboratory-class particle characterisation instruments and the application of this new functionality to important applications will also be part of this research project. The project will have applications in medicines, food, minerals, novel materials and biology. 

This is a unique opportunity for an ambitious and talented early career researcher to embark on an exciting PhD programme of original research, drawing on the expertise, knowledge and the state-of-the-art facilities of three world-class organisations: The School of Physics at the University of Bristol (, the National Physical Laboratory (NPL, and Malvern Panalytical Ltd ( The successful candidate will spend time at each organisation and candidates should be aware that there is an element of relocation with this project. 

You will be co-supervised by a team from all three organisations, including Dr Henkjan Gersen (University of Bristol,, Dr Caterina Minelli (NPL, and Dr Jason Corbett (Malvern Panalytical Ltd, who are all available to discuss the project. 

This Bristol-NPL-Malvern Panalytical PhD scholarship represents a great opportunity to start your postgraduate research career, working with world-class scientists in a supportive research, training and development environment, focussed on your future success. 

The successful candidate will be a member of the Materials and Devices research theme (, and a member of the Physics Graduate School of 200+ research students from a wide range of countries and backgrounds. They will also become a member of the Postgraduate Institute for Measurement Science (PGI), which draws together a student cohort from all the diverse research areas of NPL and gives access to technical and research skills training, ample networking opportunities and free attendance to the PGI’s Annual Conference ( 

Ideal start date will be in October 2021 but we can be flexible. 

How to apply

You will need to provide a CV which describes your achievements and qualifications, a Personal Statement, introducing yourself and outlining your motivation for PhD research, and a transcript of any qualifying degrees (completed and/or underway). Applicants will be assessed on merit, and interviews will be held for shortlisted applicants. 

You need to apply through the University of Bristol application system at Please select ‘Physics PhD’ on the Programme Choice page. The School of Physics supports Diversity and Equality, and we invite all eligible candidates to apply. We hold a Bronze Athena Swan award and a Juno Practitioner award. 

Candidate requirements: 

A first degree in physics or a related subject, normally at a level equivalent to at least UK upper second-class honours, or a relevant postgraduate master's qualification.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet profile level. Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions Statement: 

Funding: This studentship is fully funded with a tax-free stipend for 4 years at the standard UKRI rate (£15,609 for 21/22 academic year). University tuition fees are covered at the rate for UK residents. A fee waiver for non-UK residents may be available. 

Contacts and further information

Please contact the Bristol Physics Graduate School at:

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