PhD Studentship Physical and Environmental Sciences

Fully Funded with Enhanced Stipend: Ultimate Imaging

This is an opportunity to make a key contribution to one of the most advanced imaging technologies currently being developed for ultra-high resolution imaging using X-rays and electrons. One aim of the project will be to obtain the highest resolution images of atoms ever achieved in the world using transmission electron microscopy. The method (called ‘ptychography’ in the scientific literature) makes images without using good-quality lenses, but instead processes diffraction patterns. By no longer needing good lenses, which are very hard to make at sub-atomic wavelengths, ptychography has revolutionised X-ray microscopy: this project aims to make similar transformational paradigm change in electron imaging. The studentship is sponsored by Phase Focus Ltd (, a spin-out of the University of Sheffield.

The studentship will cover full PhD tuition fees and a tax free stipend for three and a half years (£16,545 for the 2013-14 academic year, which is enhanced by £1,545 above the standard rate), and fees for UK/EU students.

There may be an opportunity to have a partial fee-waiver awarded for a very well qualified non-EU candidate.

The studentship can start at the earliest opportunity after the closing date.


i) Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a first-class or good 2:1 honours degree, or a distinction or high merit at MSc level (or international equivalent) in physics, electronics and/or electrical engineering, or a similar physical science or engineering subject.

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ii) Applicants should preferably be able to demonstrate an interest in optics and have some experimental experience.

iii) Previous experience with MATLAB is desirable; computing experience with a scientific programming language is essential.

Informal enquiries prior to making an application may be addressed to Professor John Rodenburg, email:

To make an application, by clicking on the Apply button below. Please send a covering letter stating clearly how you fulfil the requirements of the studentship, your research interests and include a CV, an academic transcript, and the names and addresses of two academic referees.

Applications must be made before 24th September 2013.

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