Entry requirements and Funding: Applicants should have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Physics or a related subject. These studentships are funded by the Leverhulme Trust and are offered at the standard UK Research Councils' rate (currently £15,009; to cover living costs) and will additionally cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate (currently £4,327 per annum). This scholarship is available to both UK and EU nationals. The University of Kent is committed to the principles of inclusivity and diversity.
Two Leverhulme Trust funded PhD positions are available in the field of materials science.
Magnetic materials are fundamental to the operation of our contemporary technological society and frustrated materials offer new routes to exotic magnetic states. Geometric frustration arises when the crystal structure does not support conventional magnetic spin arrangements. In these cases, the complex interplay between structure, magnetism and electronic properties leads to exiting properties in the material. The aim of this project is to be able to predict and control the structural topography in the design of materials with frustrated magnetism. Two studentships will contribute to this research. One will focus on the solid state synthesis of new materials and their characterisation using a variety of techniques, including diffraction and magnetic measurements. The second will focus on understanding the structure and magnetic behaviour at the local scale, primarily using data collected at central facilities such as Diamond Light Source and ISIS Neutron and Muon Source in the UK, as well as international facilities. The successful candidates will be based at the School of Physical Sciences at the University of Kent's main campus in Canterbury as part of the Materials for Energy and Electronics and Physics of Quantum Materials Groups, and work under the supervision of Dr. Donna Arnold and Dr. Silvia Ramos (University of Kent) with co-supervision from Dr. Laura Vera Stimpson (Canterbury Christchurch University).
This PhD Studentship are due to start after 1st of October 2019.
Deadline Date for Applications: 31st August 2019
Interviews to be held: September 2019
Contact: For further information or informal enquiries, please contact either Dr Donna Arnold at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr Silvia Ramos at S.Ramos-Perez@kent.ac.uk.