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EPSRC and SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in the Advanced Characterisation of Materials (CDT-ACM) Industrial PhD Studentships

Imperial College London, University College London & Trinity College Dublin

Duration: 48 months (starting in Autumn 2022)

Background Information

The CDT-ACM is a collaboration between Imperial College London, University College London (UCL) and Trinity College Dublin. The CDT-ACM programme trains early career scientists to become experts in the application of advanced analytical techniques for materials development. It offers training in the application of state-of-the-art characterisation techniques for materials challenges in five thematic key areas of societal importance:

  • 1) Energy Materials
  • 2) Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine
  • 3) Engineering Materials
  • 4) Electronic and Magnetic Materials
  • 5) Instrumentation & Technique Development

Industry Funded Studentships

The CDT-ACM has an excellent record of collaboration with industrial partners to deliver outstanding training to its students. Each year we have a number of studentships co-funded by industrial partners for students to work on specific projects. Successful applicants will be registered at Imperial College London or UCL where they will have a supervisory team along with having an industry supervisor. The list of industry project opportunities for this year can be found at 

Programme Details

Each research project will involve experts from across our university partners, and you will spend time at all sites during your research and training. You will also carry out research at the industry sponsor’s site(s). Specially designed training modules in characterisation will be interwoven with your PhD research project, and you will also receive professional development training. Students will take taught courses at the London universities during the first three months of their training, and will spend two weeks in Dublin afterwards for further training.

The world-leading research that you will be involved with will be closely linked with real-world applications, as the projects will be aligned with the priorities of our network of industrial partners. On graduation you will be ideally qualified to follow a career path either in academia or industry. Our training philosophy is that our graduates will provide the innovation and creativity required to lead the world in the development, characterisation and manufacture of new materials, making a significant contribution to the quality of life of future generations.

Application Process and Criteria

The CDT seeks candidates for Autumn 2022 entry. You will hold, or be expected to achieve, a Master's degree or a 4 year undergraduate degree at 2:1 level (or above) in a relevant subject, e.g. Material Sciences, Physics, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mechanical, Electrical or Chemical Engineering.

Information on how to apply is available on our website. In your application cover letter you must state which industry sponsored projects you are applying for.

Please be aware that the CDT runs parallel calls for projects placed fully at the universities and for projects in collaboration with industrial partners. If you are interested in both, you need to submit two independent applications. For further information on this please see

To make informal enquiries please contact the CDT team on

Applications will be handled in two stages:

Stage 1: Suitable applicants will be interviewed by staff members of the CDT-ACM.

Stage 2: Successful applicants will be invited to make a formal application at the relevant partner university.

The funding covers a stipend and fees at Home Student (Imperial College London & UCL). You are welcome to apply if you do not fall in this category. For more details on eligibility check the CDT-ACM website.

Closing date: 17 December 2021

Interviews will take place in January 2022

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

All three universities are committed to equality and valuing diversity. Imperial College London and UCL are Athena SWAN Silver Award holders and Stonewall Diversity Champions. Trinity College Dublin is an Institutional Athena Swan Bronze Award holder and a signatory to Diversity Charter, Ireland. Imperial College London is a Two Ticks Employer and is working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people. UCL holds a race equality bronze award. Trinity College Dublin was awarded Public Sector Employer of the Year at the Workplace Equality Index Awards 2016.

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: London
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: approximately £17,000
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 18th November 2021
Closes: 17th December 2021
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