Research Studentships in Nano Science & Technology

Two 3-year D.Phil studentships, available from October 2013 (subject to eligibility requirements below).

Research Area

The overall objective of this project is the development of components and devices for electrochemical energy storage, efficient energy usage and environmental energy harvesting based on various functional nanostructured materials (nanowires, graphene and quantum dots) and nano fabrication technologies. These will be preceded by a generic task on the synthesis of nanocarbon structures, organic/inorganic nanostructures such as graphene, nanotubes, nanowires and quantum dots and characterisations of nanostructures, and succeeded by device specific testing.

The successful applicants will focus on the development of interface circuit for energy harvesting and storage system and nanostructure transfer process. S/he will be a member of the Nano Science & Technology Group and will be supervised by Professor Jong Min Kim. Further information on the group can be found at

Award Value

The studentships will cover University fees at the level set for UK/EU students plus provides a stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) of £14,200 p.a. for the first year, and at least this amount for a further two years. The studentship does not cover the payment of college fees (c £2500 p.a.).


The studentships are available to all applicants but the University fees are covered only at the UK/EU rate. Therefore due to funding restrictions overseas students would have to provide the difference between the UK/EU and the overseas student rates for University fees from some other source, such as a scholarship or personal funds.

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Candidate Requirements

Prospective candidates will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria:

  • A first class honours degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics, or Materials
  • Strong interest in nano science and technology
  • Strong interest in renewable energy
  • Experience in power system
  • Ability to program in Matlab
  • Good English written and spoken communication skills

The following skills are desirable but not essential:

  • Ability to program in C/C++
  • Ability to program in AutoCAD
  • Ability to program in Rhino or 3D MAX
  • Ability to program in PSCAD/EMTDC
  • Experience with Linux and Windows

Application Procedure

To apply for this studentship:

Please quote JMK-NST in all correspondence to the Department and in your graduate application.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to However, please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

Application deadline: 30 June 2013

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