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PhD Studentship in Physical Chemistry (PhD Studentship)

Reference Number: R2502
Closing Date: Closed for applications
Duration: 3 years
Funding Amount: UK/EU tuition fees plus stipend
Level of Study: Postgraduate Research
Regions: EU (Non UK), UK
This funding opportunity is now closed for application

Project title: Investigating the complex chemistry of reactive intermediates and aerosol nucleation

Dr Joseph Beames is a new appointee at Cardiff University and is seeking a highly motivated recent graduate to join his research group as he establishes an ambitious program of research in advanced spectroscopy and dynamics.

The research in this group seeks to probe important atmospheric, physical and analytical chemistry problems using UV-Vis and infrared laser-based spectroscopic techniques. The key goals are to sensitively and quantitatively detect trace gases and reactive intermediates using cavity ring down spectrometry, and to begin to probe the nucleation and chemical composition of particulate matter (aerosols). This project will involve novel experimental design and development, alongside careful spectroscopic measurements and complementary computational/theoretical analysis. This project provides an exciting opportunity for a motivated graduate student to gain a broad physical chemistry skill set, and to help build a spectrometer from the ground up.

The successful applicant will likely have a good first degree (2.i or better) and a Masters in Chemistry. First-hand experience in advanced spectroscopy is highly desirable, ideally with a familiarity of laser based techniques. Some knowledge of ab initio computational methods, LabView programming and/or experimental design are also preferred. A self-starter with good interpersonal skills and a drive to succeed, you will be highly motivated and relish the opportunity to take a leading role in establishing this new research program.

Supervisors: Dr. Joseph Beames

Start date: 1st of October 2015

Number of Studentships: 1


This studentship consists of full UK/EU tuition fees, as well as a Doctoral Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£14,057 p.a. for 2015/16, updated each year).

One studentship is available.


Residency: Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. To be eligible for the full award, EU Nationals must have been in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course for which they are seeking funding, including for the purposes of full-time education. EU Nationals who do not meet the above residency requirement are eligible for a fees only award, provided that they have been ordinarily resident in the EU for at least 3 years prior to the start of their proposed programme of study.

Academic criteria: Eligible candidates should have, or expect to obtain, a minimum of an upper second-class first degree (2:1) or European equivalent and a Masters in Chemistry.

How to Apply

In the first instance, you should submit a CV & Covering Letter to Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to submit a standard application for Postgraduate Study via the Online Application Service.

The applicant’s CV should include all University course grades to date and the contact details of at least two academic referees.

The deadline for applications is 31st of August 2015

Cardiff University reserves the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Further Information

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