Experimental and theoretical study of single intermolecular bonds


Contact Dr. Adam Sweetman to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

Applicants are invited to join the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leeds to undertake a PhD on the topic of the imaging and manipulation of single atoms and molecules using scanning probe microscopy in ultra-high vacuum conditions starting in 2018. Applicants will work in the group of Dr. Adam Sweetman, using scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM), and non-contact atomic force microscopy (NC-AFM) to investigate the chemical and electronic properties of single molecules with sub-atomic precision. In addition to experimental laboratory work there will be opportunities to investigate the same systems using ab-initio simulations via density functional theory (DFT) simulation. Applicants should be self motivated and have a keen interest in atomic and/or nanoscale physics.

Entry requirements

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

Additional staff contact

Dr. Kevin Critchley

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 the 'Experimental and theoretical study of single intermolecular bonds’ as well as Dr. Adam Sweetman 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.

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.