PhD Studentships: EPSRC and SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced characterisation of Materials (CDT ACM)

Duration: 48 months (starting on 1 October 2020)

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in the Advanced Characterisation of Materials has a number of four-year fully-funded EPSRC studentships available based at University College London (UCL). This funding stream requires you to be a home student. This is a joint programme between UCL, Imperial College London and Trinity College Dublin.

This joint CDT in the Advanced Characterisation of Materials will provide you with a PhD training programme in the application of state-of-the-art characterisation techniques to materials challenges in key thematic areas of societal importance such as Energy, Information Technology, Nanomaterials, Healthcare, Security, Environment and Transport.  The primary supervisor of the PhD projects will be from UCL, with a second supervisor based at either Imperial College London or and Trinity College Dublin, and you will spend time at both sites during your project.  Formally you will be registered at UCL. You will also have a three-month placement at a leading international university, research institute or industrial partner. Specially designed training modules in characterisation will be interwoven with your PhD research project, and you will receive professional development training delivered by our award-winning Graduate Schools. Your personal development and the world-leading research you are engaged in will be closely linked with real-world applications as the projects will be aligned with the priorities of our network of industrial partners. On graduation you will be ideally qualified to follow a career path either in academia or industry. Our training philosophy is that our graduates will provide the innovation and creativity required to lead the world in the development, characterisation and manufacture of new materials, making a significant contribution to the quality of life of future generations.

We are seeking candidates for October 2020 entry. You will hold, or be expected to achieve, a Master’s degree in addition to a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) at 2:1 level (or above) in a relevant subject, e.g. Materials, Physics, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mechanical, Civil, Electrical or Chemical Engineering.  Research projects on offer are diverse and applicants.

For more information please see our website: To make informal enquires and apply please email a full CV, including the marks (%) for all (undergraduate) modules completed to date, the names and contact details of two referees, as well as a covering letter to


Closing date: 31 May 2020


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