A fully-funded 4 year PhD studentship in materials chemistry at the University of Southampton is available. The project will pioneer a novel parallel synthesis approach to discovery of functional materials. In addition to carrying out PhD research you will be closely involved in undergraduate teaching (20% time commitment in years 1-3), and will be supported by mentoring to achieve Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
The available project concerns the synthesis of mixed anion materials – those that contain both oxygen and a second, heavier non-metal such as sulphur or phosphorus – which have shown significant functionality, such as superconductivity and transparent conductivity but remain an underexplored area of chemistry. These materials often have challenging synthetic routes, which limits new materials development. We propose to breakthrough this barrier with an innovative parallel synthesis approach which will allow us to greatly diversify the known classes of mixed anion material, and identify new functional types. You will help to develop this new methodology and will also have opportunities to develop expertise in a range of materials characterisation techniques including use of our excellent in-house diffraction, microscopy and spectroscopy facilities and experiments at central facilities such as the Diamond synchrotron.
As part of the funding associated with this PhD you will participate in undergraduate teaching in inorganic chemistry. In year 1 this will involve teaching lab activities and support teaching with a member of staff (e.g. workshops), but in years 2 and 3 after some experience there will be opportunities to host tutorials or undertake other more responsible roles.
Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Geoffrey Hyett (G.Hyett@soton.ac.uk). The project is funded for 4 years and welcomes applicants from the UK who have or expect to obtain at least an upper second class degree in Chemistry or another relevant discipline. Funding will cover fees and a stipend at current research council rates of £15,009 per annum.
Due to funding restrictions this position is only open to UK applicants.
Please contact: Dr Geoffrey Hyett (G.Hyett@soton.ac.uk) for further details.
Entry requirements: first or upper second-class degree in Chemistry or another relevant discipline
Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 August 2019 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place.
Funding: full tuition fees, for UK students, and a tax-free stipend of £15,009 per year
Assessment: Nine month and 18 month reports, viva voce and thesis examination
Start date: typically September.