- Value: Funding covers the cost of fees at £4,250 and provides a maintenance of £14,296 for the 2016/17 academic year. Funding duration is 3.5 years. Applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance.
- Number of awards: 2
- Deadline: 31 March 2018
- Key benefits: This is a combined experimental and computational project, the student will benefit from training in a wide variety of surface science and data processing techniques as well as learning about single atom and single molecule physics. The project is supported by grants from the ERC and Royal Society.
Contact Dr. Adam Sweetman to discuss this project further informally.
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.
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.
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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.