PhD Studentship in Electrical Detection of Atmospheric Radicals

  • Phd
  • €18,000 yearly stipend
  • 7 August 2020

University College Cork (UCC)

UCC is an award-winning institution with a history of independent thinking stretching back over 170 years. UCC has a student population of over 21,000. The University was named Irish University of the Year by the Sunday Times in 2017. In 2015, UCC was also named as top performing university by the European Commission funded U-Multirank system, based on obtaining the highest number of "A" scores (21 out of 28 metrics) among a field of 1200 universities. UCC has been ranked as one of the leading universities in the world for sustainable social and economic impact, in the inaugural 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) University Impact rankings.

The PhD position:

This PhD position is part of a new European project called RADICAL, which is focused on developing the science and technology to electrically detect and quantify atmospheric radicals using next-generation technologies. The PhD student will work with a team of scientists in UCC and several other European institutes to design, fabricate and test new miniature sensors for the radicals.

Key duties and responsibilities

  • The PhD candidate will conduct a specified programme of research under the supervision of Prof. Justin Holmes, Prof. John Wenger and Dr Stig Hellebust.
  • The successful candidate must be able to work at the interfaces between material science and atmospheric chemistry. Significant interdisciplinary interactions with European collaborators will be required.
  • Good communication, organisation, interpersonal skills and the ability to work within a project team are essential.

Additional tasks will include:

  • The dissemination of results at conferences and through scientific articles.
  • Supervision of Bachelor or Master students.
  • Attendance at postgraduate training courses.
  • Regular reporting of research data.
  • Involvement in Educational and Public Engagement (EPE) activities.
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Acceptable Course or Subjects:

PhD degree in the field of Electrical Detection of Atmospheric Radicals


  • Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in chemistry, physics, materials science or a similar discipline.
  • Enthusiasm and an awareness of atmospheric chemistry issues in society.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must show evidence of English proficiency, please check the minimum requirements at:


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This full-time PhD position is funded for up to 4 years including a stipend of €18,000 per annum. The studentship will cover fees at the rate for EU students.


How to Apply:

Interested applicants must apply by email to Prof. Justin Holmes ( with the subject line “RADICAL PhD Studentship”. The email must be a single PDF file and should contain:

  • A one-page cover letter outlining any relevant experience and your reasons for wanting to participate in the project.
  • A Curriculum Vitae including your education history, courses, awards and skills. Also, if appropriate, please include details of any publications and conference presentations.

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