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Fully-Funded (Home/EU Rate) PhD Studentship (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3.5 years in the first instance.

EPSRC Studentship

Full or fees-only awards available to students who pay 'home rate' fees Starting date: October 2018

Applications are invited for the following PhD project, to be supervised by Dr Emilie Ringe (

Multiscale Correlated Optical/Electron Studies of Defects in Nanomaterials

The goal of this project is to understand the effect of defects on the optical and transport properties of two-dimensional (2D) materials. The promising applications of 2D semiconducting structures, such as flexible and thin electronics, are currently challenging to realize because of the significant difficulties related to scaling up their production while maintaining a high quality. Defects are, in fact, unavoidable during growth, and significant advances could be made if we learned to work with imperfect materials. To achieve this goal, the applicant will use and develop microscale optical and atomic scale electron spectroscopy tools that measure the local bandgap, defect density, and defect distribution in 2D semiconductor transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs). These results will then be directly coupled with electron mobility measurements and in-situ observation of bias-driven defect motion, forming a framework of understanding of the effect of various defects and their relative density on the optical and electronic properties of TMDs. The applicant will be trained and have access to a state-of-the-art scanning hyperspectral optical setup as well as extensive electron microscopy characterization facilities; if interested, the applicant can also develop skills in 2D materials synthesis. This project will involve internal and external collaboration.

The minimum academic requirement for admission is an upper second class UK honours degree at the level of MSci, MEng, MPhys, MChem etc, or a lower second with a good Master's, (or overseas equivalents) in a relevant subject.

The studentship provides a maintenance grant at the minimum Research Council UK rate and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for students who fully satisfy the residence requirements of the UK Research Councils. A fees-only award will be available to EU nationals who are not ordinarily resident in the UK. Students who are liable for fees at the 'overseas' rate are not eligible for these studentships.

An on-line application form is available at Further information on the application process is available from Dr Rosie Ward (

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Emilie Ringe by email to

Please quote reference LJ13655 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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