Fully-Funded EPSRC PhD Scholarship in Organic Electronics
- Bachelor, Master
In this project, the fundamental photo- and spin physics of organic radical materials will be investigated towards molecular-scale electronics and quantum information technologies. Unlike most organic materials which contain all-paired electrons, the radicals’ unpaired electron has a quantum mechanical property called spin which gives rise to magnetism and ‘doublet’ character. We have shown that their spin property can be combined with strong luminescence to make highly efficient organic light-emitting diodes for converting electricity to light: more efficient than non-radical counterparts that have been used to date. By utilising the radicals’ luminescence, spin and magnetic properties, the student will explore novel functionality for combined optoelectronic and spintronic applications, towards opto-spintronics.
Candidates must have a first or upper second class honours undergraduate degree (or equivalent) or a Master’s degree with Merit, in Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science or relevant discipline.
For candidates whose first language is not English, we require IELTS 6.0 (with 5.5 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.
Studentships funded by EPSRC are subject to UK/EU residency eligibility. Normally, this means to be eligible for a full award (fees plus stipend) you must:
- Have been ordinarily resident in the UK, meaning there are no restrictions on how long you can stay, and;
- Have been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the Studentship grant, and;
- Have not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK nationals and EU nationals who were ordinarily resident in the EU immediately before the period of full-time education).
For this particular EPSRC opportunity, we are also able to consider your application if you are an EU national who does not meet the residential eligibility criteria outlined above; this is possible through EPSRC’s flexibility regarding ‘open eligibility’.
This is a three-year fully funded scholarship, which covers UK/EU tuition fees plus an annual stipend set at the minimum UKRI level (currently £15,285 per annum for 2020/21 for full-time students, updated each year).
To apply, please complete and return the following documents to the College of Science:]
College of Science PGR Scholarship Application
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Monitoring Form_Ffurflen Monitro
Academic References – all scholarship applications require two supporting references to be submitted. Please ensure that your chosen referees are aware of the funding deadline, as their references form a vital part of the evaluation process. Please either include these with your scholarship application or ask your referees to send them directly to sus via email.
Academic Transcripts and Degree Certificates – academic transcripts and degree certificates must be submitted along with the scholarship application by the funding deadline. We will be using these to verify your academic qualifications.
A recent CV
Candidates should use the ‘Supplementary Personal Statement’ section of the application form to explain why the award they are applying for particularly matches their skills and experience and how they would choose to develop the project.
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