MSM: development of a multifunctional scanning microscope


Contact Professor B J Hickey to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

We are just starting a large grant from EPSRC  to develop a multifunctional scanning microscope.  Part of the application is about providing scanning probe ability (AFM for example) as a function of temperature in large vector fields.  However a significant part is the development of a new microscope.  The development work will involve altering the system so that surface scanning can be performed whilst simultaneously either passing currents or applying optical signals to the sample.  This type of measurement has not been routinely performed and would offer a world-leading capability to our labs.  This part of the project is relatively straightforward.  More challenging is the development of new measurements such as a scanning squid head. 

In this project the PhD student will be responsible for the design and development of this new instrument along with the academics in CM and the engineers who build such instruments.  This type of PhD is generally seen as an excellent grounding in experimental physics and offers outstanding career prospects. 

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with, or expecting, a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1) in a relevant discipline, a Master's degree in a relevant discipline, or both.

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is 'MSM – Development of a Multifunctional Scanning Microscope.' as well as Professor B J Hickey as your proposed supervisor.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates.  All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.