Physical Crystallography and Materials Discovery - to synthesise and crystallographicaly characterise crystals of novel inorganic materials using single crystal X-ray diffraction

Description

This opportunity will remain open until a suitable candidate has been found.  

Single crystals of functional materials can provide a wealth of structural and physical information to the materials chemist that is unavailable or hard to obtain from polycrystalline samples. The student will synthesise and crystallographicaly characterise crystals of novel inorganic materials using single crystal X-ray diffraction, revealing the positions of the atoms and enabling their detailed connection to properties. You will be trained in modern single crystal diffraction techniques, crystal chemistry and physics, and various crystal growth techniques. This is an exciting opportunity to join a strong team of computational and experimental material chemists working together in the discovery of new materials. The student will be part of the £8.6 million EPSRC Programme Grant in Integration of Computation and Experiment for Accelerated Materials Discovery, and based in the newly-opened Materials Innovation Factory at the University of Liverpool. As well as obtaining knowledge and experience in crystallographic techniques, the student will develop skills in teamwork and scientific communication as computational and experimental researchers within the team work closely together. Applications are welcomed from candidates with a strong undergraduate interest and/or background in solid state chemistry, condensed matter physics, materials science or related fields. 

Depending on the successful applicant (EU or non-EU) this studentship would include a commitment to work up to 144 hours per academic year to help with teaching-related activities in modules currently taught in the Department of Chemistry, as assigned by the Head of Department or his representative. 

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Claridge  

Please apply by completing the online postgraduate research application form here.

Applications should be made as soon as possible.

Availability

Open to students worldwide

Funding information

Funded studentship

Funding for this position may be a University of Liverpool GTA or an EPSRC DTP studentship. Eligibility details of both are below. 

EPSRC eligibility 
Applications from candidates meeting the eligibility requirements of the EPSRC are welcome – please refer to EPSRC website View Website
The award will pay full tuition fees and a maintenance grant for 3.5 years. The maintenance grant will be £14,553.00 pa for 2017-18. 

GTA eligibility (EU or non-EU students only) 
The award will pay full home/EU tuition fees and a maintenance grant for 3.5 years. Non-EU applicants may have to contribute to the higher non-EU overseas fee.

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