Full-Time PhD Scholarship, Nottingham Trent University, UK

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Full-Time PhD Scholarship in Synthesis, Structures and Properties of Chiral Molecular Conductors

Nottingham Trent University UKThis project concerns the synthesis of high quality crystalline samples of chiral materials in both the R and S enantiopure forms to study the effects of combining chirality, magnetism and conductivity in the same lattice. It involves the synthesis of novel organosulfur donors, their partial oxidation to conducting materials using magnetic counterions, determination of crystal structures and measurements of conductivity, magnetism, magnetochiral anisotropy and Hall effects to determine the features of the supramolecular organization of the lattice that control the electromagnetic properties.

The ultimate aim is to prepare a chiral superconductor.

The PhD student must start on the project by 1 October 2013 at the latest.

The scholarship will pay the equivalent to Home/EU fees and provide a maintenance stipend (currently £13,590 for 2012/13) for up to three years. International students are welcome to apply (if successful, international students paying international fees will be expected to pay the difference between the Home/EU fee and international fee).

Applications can be accepted from UK/EU and also International students. The minimum English language proficiency requirement for candidates who have not undertaken a higher degree at a UK HE institution is IELTS 6.5 (with no element to be below 6.0) or TOEFL 560/iBT 94-95. Applicants should hold a 1st or upper Second Class Honours degree/MChem (or equivalent) or an MSc/MRes with merit or distinction in Chemistry or a related discipline.

How to Apply
1. Application process

  • Applications must be submitted by 9am on Friday 31 May 2013
  • Applications will first be considered by a selection panel who will prepare a short-list of those applicants to be invited for interview
  • Interviews are expected to take place during June 2013

2. Application requirements
Applicants are required to submit:

  • A fully completed Nottingham Trent University research degrees application form
  • Copies of your academic certificates to date
  • A copy of your English language proficiency certificate (if relevant)

3. By what criteria will applications be judged?
The following criteria will be used to judge applications and rank candidates:

Essential qualifications:
Educated to BSc (Hons) or MSci degree level or equivalent in the subject area Chemistry or a closely related discipline, having obtained an upper second or first class degree classification at BSc level or and MSc/MRes with merit or distinction

How to Apply
If you wish to be considered for this PhD Scholarship, your fully completed application (including all necessary documentation) should be submitted to Nottingham Trent University Graduate School via email to gradschool@ntu.ac.uk. You should telephone +44 (0)115 848 6321 in the event of any queries.

Closing Date: The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 31st May 2013 at 9am.

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.


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