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Studentship in Molecular and Nanoscale x 2 (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for PhD studentships in the group of Dr Akshay Rao ( at the Cavendish Laboratory (Department of Physics), University of Cambridge, UK.

The PhD programme associated with these studentships would start in October 2018. The award will provide a tax-free stipend that will cover tuition fees (at the UK/EU rate) and living expense (at the RCUK rate, £14,553 per year for 2017/18). The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK

Fixed-term: The funds for these posts are available for 3.5 years in the first instance. The student must complete the programme in 42 months.

The successful candidate should have a good first degree and a Masters pass in Physics, Chemistry or a related area.

The studentships will be part of our recently funded ERC grant, SOLARX, which will explore new strategies to revolutionise solar energy harvesting. This will be achieved via the transfer and manipulation of excitons at hybrid interfaces in system such as 2D monolayer semiconductors, lanthanide doped nanoparticles, organic semiconductors and colloidal quantum dots. Areas of work include:

1) Understanding exciton and charge motion in nanoscale semiconductors using our newly developed ultrafast super-resolution microscopy platform which provides 10fs temporal and 10nm spatial resolution.

2) Design and synthesis nanomaterials based on colloidal quantum dots and lanthanide doped nanoparticles.

3) Device physics of novel excitonic systems for solar energy harvesting.

We provide a highly collaborative, international and dynamic working environment with the aim of tackling some of the most interesting and challenging problems at the intersection of physics and physical chemistry.

If you are interested in a position please contact Dr Akshay Rao,, ASAP. It is very IMPORTANT that you contact Dr Akshay Rao, as you will need to be invited to make a formal PhD application as outlined on the University website.

Deadline for submission of the application is the 4th of December 2017.

Please quote reference KA13876 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.