PhD in Applied Electronics: Portable Mass Spectrometry

Description

Applications are invited for a self-funded PhD.

The successful applicant is expected to start in September 2022, although this date is negotiable.

Mass spectrometry (MS) and ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) are versatile analytical techniques that allow general-purpose chemical detection and measurement. These popular techniques offer high sensitivity, selectivity and fast response times. For instance, portable IMS is routinely used for a wide range of applications, including detection of contaminants in the pharmaceutical industry, detection of narcotics by law enforcement and detection of explosives and chemical weapons by military.

The Mass Spectrometry & Instrumentation (MSI) research group at the University of Liverpool has experience developing bespoke analytical instrumentation dating back to the 1960s, including ion mobility and mass spectrometry technologies (https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/mass-spectrometry/). You will join this vibrant research group based in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Electronics (https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/electrical-engineering-and-electronics/) at the University of Liverpool.

In this PhD project you will undertake research developing portable mass spectrometry and/or ion mobility instrumentation. More details about the project specifics are available upon request; there is scope to tailor the emphasis of the project to suit the interests, experience and skillset of the applicant. Due to the nature of this research it is likely to result in new inventions and the University is very supportive in this regard (with respect to supporting patent applications and aiding commercialisation activities).

You should have a strong background and passion for electronics (electronics design, schematic capture, PCB layout, writing firmware, etc.). The project can be tailored if the applicant has a particularly strong skillet (e.g., preference towards analogue or digital) or interest (e.g., towards automation, autonomous systems, miniaturisation, a particular application). The ideal candidate should have a love for electronics and will likely consider it to be a hobby. It is desirable to have experience in mechanical design and production, e.g., 3D printing and 3D CAD drawing, although not essential. You should have a degree in physical sciences, mathematics or an engineering discipline (e.g., electronic engineering). Masters level students are encouraged to apply. If you have relevant experience (e.g., prior project experience, related work experience, significant electronics project portfolio, publications, demonstrable interest in the topic, etc.), you are also encouraged to apply. In exceptional circumstances those with a non-traditional educational background will be considered, dependent upon relevant experience. A strong interest in electronics is essential. Applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

If you are interested, please email Prof Simon Maher () with the project title in the subject of your email, include a copy of your CV and a cover letter/email detailing previous electronics projects you have undertaken from conception to realisation, and the problems they solved.

For any enquiries please contact Prof. Simon Maher on; 

This is a self-funded project and requires that the applicant has their own source of funding (e.g., government scholarship).

Availability

Open to students worldwide

Funding information

Self-funded project

The project is open worldwide, to applicants of any nationality. Please note, this position is unfunded. Therefore, it is required that any applicant should have a funding source in place (e.g. government scholarship), in which case they are encouraged to contact the Principal Supervisor directly to discuss their application and the project.
The successful applicant will be expected to provide the funding for tuition fees and their living expenses, as well as a research bench fee of at least £1000 per year (dependent upon the agreed project outline).
Details regarding the PhD tuition fees can be found on the University website: View Website

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