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Department of Physics

The Cavendish Laboratory

Interdisciplinary PhD studentships in Nano at the University of Cambridge (1+3 years)

The UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (NanoDTC) invites applications from top-class independent-thinking students for its multidisciplinary MRes + PhD programme in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

We welcome applicants from across Physical Sciences including: Chemistry, Physics, Materials, and Engineering.

About the programme

The MRes (year 1) provides advanced-level training through: lecture courses, hands-on practicals, and two 8-week and one 13-week experimental projects. This training leads to the selection of an interdisciplinary PhD research project (years 2-4) within two research groups in the Departments of: Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Materials, or another relevant department across the University.

A significant element of the MRes training, and beyond, is a focus on innovation and industry engagement, including courses on: Nurturing and Managing Innovation in Science, System Design (aspects of nanomaterials and devices), and opportunities to transition academic research to higher TRL levels and commercial applications.

In terms of application areas, research is clustered into four broad themes:

  • Designer Nanomaterials - DNA origami, 1D/2D nanomaterials, biomimetics, self-assembly, hybrids, MOFs
  • Designer Nanofunctions - quantum, photophysical, electronic, ionic – solid state/ biological, magnetic, plasmonic, optoelectronic, neuromorphic
  • Scale-up and Systems - Nanomanufacturing, cellular manufacturing, sensors /actuators, bioelectronics, IoT, theranostics
  • Frontiers in Nano-Metrology - in-situ nanometrology, electron microscopies, ultrafast photophysics, X-ray, THz, superresolution, modelling
  • Application areas include Energy efficient ICT, Solar, Batteries, Quantum, Catalysis, Waste Utilisation, Biosensing, Targeting of disease, Green manufacturing and many more...

There is one intake per year, in October. First round applications close in early December. Please check for this year’s dates and further details regarding funding, academic requirements, and how to apply.

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