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EPSRC iCASE Studentship with Dyson: Structural Changes in Human Hair (Damage & Repair) by X-Ray Scattering

University of Sheffield - Chemistry

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Sheffield
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Appointed candidates will be funded for 4 years, including: Competitive tax-free annual stipend of £21,622 (above the UKRI minimum of £18,622) for 2024/25 starts; awards increase every year; tuition fees; research Training and Support Grant (RTSG)
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 6th December 2023
Closes: 14th January 2024

Applications are invited for EPSRC iCASE PhD studentship to work on a research project at University of Sheffield in collaboration with our industrial partner – Dyson (https://www.dyson.co.uk/), one of world leading designers and manufacturers of haircare devices. This study is an extension of the preliminary established collaboration with the company. Academic supervisor of the project, Dr. Oleksandr Mykhaylyk, is an expert in structural characterisation of soft matter. The project is focused on understanding of structural changes taking place in different types of human hair under external impacts such as temperature, UV radiation, chemical environment, air pollution and mechanical stress. Human hair has a complex hierarchical structure, consisting of many layers including, from outside in, the cuticle, the cortex, and the medulla, all bound by cell membrane complex. While human hair has been studied by structural techniques for many years, a complete picture on the internal structure of the hair fibres has been elusive. However, our preliminary results show that there is a strong potential in using X-Ray scattering techniques to understand structural changes due to styling & damage along with deeper understanding of style retention and genetic/ethnic differences.

While working on fundamental and applied science, the successful candidate will have a close relationship with industry, and, therefore, have the opportunity to acquire skills necessary for a future career in either academia or industry. He/she will work in close collaboration with industrial scientists/engineers for designing new technologies for hair care. He/she will learn/use a wide range of methods for structural characterisation of materials including various microscopy techniques (Electron Microscopy, Optical and Fluorescence Microscopy) and Small/Wide Angle X-ray scattering (SAXS/WAXS). The successful candidate will be a member of a polymer research group and a regular user of Sheffield’s state-of-the-art Soft Matter Analytical Laboratory specializing in scattering techniques and rheology

(https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/small).

For more information about this PhD project, please contact Dr Oleksandr Mykhaylyk (O.Mykhaylyk@sheffield.ac.uk)

and

For further details regarding the academic supervisor for this PhD project, see https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/chemistry/people/academic/oleksandr-o-mykhaylyk

Subject Area: Structural Morphology, Fibres, Scattering Techniques, Physical Chemistry, Applied Physics, Polymer Science

Your application should be accompanied by a CV and a 1-page personal statement outlining your reasons for applying.

Requirements: At least a 2:1 Honours degree from a UK university or equivalent in subjects related to the project. Previous experience with laboratory research will be advantageous.

Appointed candidates will be funded for 4 years, including:

  • A competitive tax-free annual stipend of £21,622 (above the UKRI minimum of £18,622) for 2024/25 starts. Awards increase every year.
  • Tuition fees
  • Research Training and Support Grant (RTSG)

Closing Date

Deadline for applications is 14th of January 2024. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in January/early February 2024 and the funding offer will be made by the end of February.

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