Deadline: 2017-07-31
Value of Scholarship: £14,296 per annum
Level Of Study: Masters Degree

One year fully funded Master in Research (MSci in Chemistry) at the University of Kent in collaboration with the Port of Dover



Supervisor: Dr. Aaron Berko

An exciting funded Master in Research (MSci) position is available in the field of chemistry or similar subject. The aim of the project is to provide valuable understanding about the causes and rate of deterioration in the steel bridges and road supports at the Port of Dover, using analytical techniques. Appropriate training in the required subjects will be provided for the suitable candidate.

This is a significant project with an environmental impact that will strengthen the strategic partnership between the University of Kent and the Port of Dover.

The successful candidate will be based at the University of Kent’s main campus in Canterbury as part of the Functional Materials Group in the School of Physical Sciences, and will work under the supervision of Dr Aaron Berko, with co-supervision by Dr Maria Alfredsson. The candidate will also work directly with the technical team at the Port of Dover.

School of Physical Sciences:

The School is a dynamic department, achieving national and international excellence in both teaching and research. There is annual investment in equipment for teaching and research purposes, and people; academics, technical and administration staff, with the effect of improving the student and staff experience. Our staff have international reputations and provide well-designed projects in a stimulating environment.

Port of Dover:

Their award-winning cruise port, the second busiest in the UK, hosts some of the world’s most prestigious cruise lines. Their portfolio is diverse with other successful businesses include a cargo terminal, award winning marina and several niche activities.

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The Dover Western Docks Revival Project, the single biggest investment undertaken by the Port, will create a purpose-built cargo and logistics facility at the Port.
This is truly an exciting time to be part of our growing organisation.

Entry requirements: Applicants should have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in chemistry, forensic science, forensic chemistry, materials chemistry or a related subject.

Essential Skills: knowledge of analytical chemistry; experience of writing/preparing reports; ability to work as part of a team and deliver on deadlines; and experience in using various software, e.g. word processing, data management etc.

Desirable Skills: knowledge of monitoring environmental conditions; knowledge in the use of X-ray spectroscopic methods; knowledge of electrochemistry; and experience in giving presentations.

Funding: This is a Port of Dover funded Scholarship, which will be offered at the standard UK Research Councils’ rate (currently £14,296; to cover living costs) and will additionally cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate (currently £4,121 per annum). International candidates must be able to cover the difference in fees. All travel expenses related to the project will be covered
The Masters Studentship is due to start in September 2017 and will finish in August 2018.

Webpage: https://www.kent.ac.uk/physical-sciences/ 
Contact: For further information or informal enquiries, please contact Dr. Aaron Berko a.berko@kent.ac.uk 
How to Apply: To apply please go to: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/18/chemistry. 
You will need to apply through the online application form on the main University website. Please note that you will be expected to provide personal details, education and employment history and supporting documentation (Curriculum Vitae, transcript of results, two academic references).

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Deadline Date for Applications: 31 July 2017

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