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Department of Chemistry


PhD Studentship: Adsorption from Liquids on Surfaces

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship starting in April or October 2019 to work with Professor Stuart Clarke on a project that is funded by BP plc as part of an EPSRC Prosperity Partnership programme. The project involves the development of novel experimental methods to determine the structure and composition of organic monolayers adsorbed on solid surfaces from liquids under a number of external fields such as shear, pressure and temperature. This will involve state-of-the-art laboratory-based methods as well as the development of facilities for the UK's premier neutron scattering facility (ISIS). The studentship would suit a physical chemist, materials scientist or chemical engineer who is interested in understanding surface processes at a molecular level.

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) the equivalent of a UK first class or upper second class honours degree (and preferably a Masters degree) in chemistry, materials science, or other relevant discipline. The studentship provides a maintenance grant and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Owing to restrictions imposed by the sponsor, non-EU citizens cannot be considered, unless they can cover the overseas fees differential.

Applications should include a cover letter, CV, detailed academic transcripts and the contact details for at least two academic referees, and should be sent by email to Professor Stuart Clarke (, to whom any informal enquiries can be addressed.

If you wish to be considered for any other available studentships in the Chemistry Department starting in October 2019, you must also apply online via the University Applicant Portal by the same deadline (further information at Please note that there is an application fee.

Information about research in the Department of Chemistry is given at:

Please quote reference MA13839 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Closing date

Nov 10th 2018

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Athena SWAN