Chemistry / Physics: Fully Funded European Research Council PhD Scholarship at Swansea University

  • Phd
  • Full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend
  • 2 July 2020

Chemistry / Physics: Fully Funded European Research Council PhD Scholarship: Controlling and Studying Rotational Quantum States of Molecules during Molecule-Surface Collisions

The surface dynamics group in Swansea University is home to a unique molecular beam apparatus which uses magnetic field manipulations to control and measure the rotational quantum state of a molecule as it collides with a surface, experiments which are impossible to perform using any other existing technique. Following our proof of principle demonstrations, we are now applying this new technique to study the interaction of various small molecules with metallic and insulating surfaces. The PhD project, which is part of our 5-year ERC consolidator research project “rotational waves”, will include aspects of designing parts of an experimental instrument, performing ultra-sensitive surface science measurements and designing and implementing data analysis techniques.

The research activities are along the interface between physics and chemistry (physical chemistry). Excellent applicants from either or both of these disciplines are encouraged to apply.

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Swansea University

Swansea, is a coastal city and county, officially known as the City and County of Swansea in Wales.


Candidates must have a first, upper second class honours or a Master’s degree with Merit, in Physics or Chemistry or closely related discipline.

For candidates whose first language is not English, we require IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in each component) or equivalent. Please visit our website for a list of acceptable English language tests. We prefer candidates to have already met the English Language requirements at the point of application, although this is not a requirement.

This scholarship is open to candidates of any nationality, however funding details for international students are to be confirmed.


This three-year scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £20,000.

Funding details for international students are to be confirmed.


Please visit our website for more information.

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