EPSRC & Swansea University Funded PhD Studentship: Medicine/Chemistry


Applications are invited for a fully-funded PhD research project ‘Advanced Analytical Techniques for Mass Spectrometry’ at the EPSRC National Mass Spectrometry Facility in Swansea University.

About the project:

This is an exciting opportunity to develop a career, working at the research council’s National Facility.  The successful candidate will join a team of researchers in the EPSRC NMSF (Dr Chris Williams) and the Institute of Mass Spectrometry (Professor Gareth Brenton and Dr Ruth Godfrey) within the College of Medicine to develop next-generation sample analysis and ionisation techniques for application to challenging chemical problems from internationally leading researchers across the UK.  

The Facility recently won another five-year term until 2018; part of its activities is to support national and international research programmes.  This PhD will support the advance of ionisation techniques for use in the National Facility and includes Flowing Atmospheric-Pressure Afterglow (FAPA) and Atmospheric Solids Analysis Probe (ASAP).  Applications of these techniques will be directed at cutting edge chemical research with leading international research groups covering materials science, nanotechnology, forensic and biomedical applications to name a few. You will learn a wide range of skills during your PhD training with ample opportunity for a wide choice of careers on completion. 

The successful applicant will be based in the NMSF’s laboratories, under the supervision of Dr Williams, Professor Brenton and Dr Godfrey.

For further information about the Institute of Mass Spectrometry please visit www.ims@swansea.ac.uk

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Candidate eligibility:

Applicants should have a first or upper second class BSc degree in physics, chemistry, biochemistry, or a closely related subject.

Candidates should also be able to demonstrate extensive practical training in laboratory based work or research through a final year research project or equivalent industrial experience.

UK students:

UK students are eligible for a full award (stipend and fees).

EU students:

Due to funding restrictions EU students who have been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant are eligible for a full award (stipend and fees). This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences).

EU students who are ‘ordinarily resident’ in a member state of the EU are generally eligible for a fees-only award.

For further information please see the EPSRC eligibility requirements: www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/Pages/eligibility.aspx

Studentship value:

The full studentship covers the cost of UK/EU tuition fees plus a stipend of £13,726 p.a.

Further information:

For further information about this studentship please contact Dr Christopher M Williams:

Email: Christopher.Matthew.Williams@swansea.ac.uk

Application closing date:  

The application closing date is Friday 30th August 2013.

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