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NanoScience is challenging and we welcome applications from interested parties to participate in the research as postgraduate students or post doctoral researchers or indeed to collaborate on problems in nanoscience in general. 

 

New PhD projects now available.

 

PhD Studentship: Adsorbate-induced chiral reconstructions studied by surface X-ray diffraction The project is funded by the EPSRC “Next Generation Facility Users” initiative and aims to study enantioselective heterogeneous model catalysts under realistic conditions.

PhD Studentship: A Small-Angle Scattering Study of the Self-Assembly of Amyloid Peptide Fragments and Copolymers This is an exciting opportunity to investigate the self-assembly of peptide fragments and copolymers using the UK’s new synchrotron scattering facility, Diamond Light Source.

 

 

Please contact Mrs Judy Butler for details on the above and application procedure.

 

 

Positions Recently Filled

 

PhD Studentship: New Chemistry and Physics from Transition-Metal Cyanides A four year PhD studentship funded by the EPSRC "Next Generation Facility Users" initiative is available at the University of Reading to study transition-metal cyanides.

PhD Studentship: QUANTUM WELLS AND ELECTRICAL CONTACTS AT POLAR OXIDE SURFACES A four year PhD studentship funded through the EPSRC “Next Generation Facility Users” programme is available at the University of Reading to investigate the growth and properties of ultra-thin metal films on polar oxide surface.

PhD Studentship in nanostructures, ultra-thin films and surfaces

We have an EPSRC doctoral training account funded studentship for qualified applicants in the general area of the growth of nanostructured films, catalytic chiral surfaces and synchrotron science based approaches to surfaces and interfaces. Applicants must have 2.1 or better first degree in physical science.  For informal inquiries,  further details and application procedures for the project please contact Dr Roger Bennett (R.A.Bennett@Reading.ac.uk).

 

Bridging the Complexity Gap: Surface-specific Screening of Enantio-selective Model Catalysts using Photoemission and Low-energy Electron Microscopy (PEEM, LEEM)

We have a number of funded studentships for qualified applicants in the general area of the growth of nanostructured films, catalytic chiral surfaces and synchrotron science based approaches to surfaces and interfaces. Applicants must have 2.1 or better first degree in physical science. Further details and application procedures for the Bridging the Complexity Gap: Surface-specific Screening of Enantio-selective Model Catalysts using Photoemission and Low-energy Electron Microscopy (PEEM, LEEM) project may be found here.

A multiscale modelling approach to engineering functional coatings

This is a new Materials Modelling Consortia drawing experts together to solve problems in the growth processes in thin films across length and timescales. Growth of thin films occurs at a rate which deposits material at the rate of around 1 monolayer per second. This is a slow process on the atomic scale and so fast techniques will be used computationally to accelerate the modelling of the growth process. With these techniques disparate time scales that vary from picoseconds to minutes can be bridged. The project links a theory led network with experimental work and industry.

 

Post graduate studentship in cluster assembled materials and nanostructured films of transition metal oxides.

 

 This project is to produce nanostructures of transition metal oxides in an ultra-high vacuum environment such that detailed analysis of electronic and geometric structure is possible. We will develop a source for the production of metal oxide clusters (nanoparticles) in which we have independent control of size and stoichiometry in an ultra-clean environment enabling novel materials to be produced in which size and stoichiometry effects can be interplayed. Tuneability of size and film structure allows development of new materials with application as heterogeneous catalysts, photo-catalysts, sensors and magnetic materials for spin polarised electronics. The project links with a high technology local company.

 

Post doctoral research associate in atomic force microscopy  imaging of protein aggregation on surfaces

 

 This a one year post funded by a MRC Discipline Hopping award for a multidisciplinary project based in Physics, starting 1 September 2005. It is ideally suited to a creative researcher with ambitions to develop new approaches in the evolving field of bio-nanotechnology.

The aim is to investigate the feasibility of applying island nucleation and growth theories to protein aggregation processes on surfaces significant to a swathe of medical and biological applications. Applicants must have experience of using Atomic Force Microscopy, preferably under wet conditions, with publications and a PhD. You will be motivated, able to work to deadlines and capable of contributing fully to the development of the research. Image analysis, modelling skills, and experience with biological samples will be an advantage.


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