The University of Cambridge invites applications for a 4-year PhD program starting in October 2010 at its Nano Science & Technology Doctoral Training Centre (NanoDTC). The focus of this EPSRC doctoral training centre is on Assembly of Functional Nanomaterials and Nanodevices, working from Nano Science through Engineering to Applications, with a view to realising scalable nanomaterials and nanodevices.
The first year of the programme includes taught Nano courses across Physics, Engineering, Chemistry and Materials Science, together with short and medium term research projects, and an extensive range of laboratory practicals. Towards the end of this first year students are well equipped to fully engage in their own PhD topic selection process. Approved interdisciplinary PhD topics are then pursued and completed in one of nearly a hundred Nano research groups around the University for a further three years, with second supervisors from another department.
An important component of the programme is exposure to innovation and business courses through the Judge Business School, and through programmed sessions with partner Nanotechnology companies. The cohort of around 10 PhD students a year in the NanoDTC will continue to interact closely together throughout the whole PhD programme, with funding provided for international conferences.
We invite applications from top-class independently-minded undergraduates expecting to graduate with a high 1st class degree in a relevant science or engineering discipline. Applicants should have an interest in innovation, nanoscience and nanotechnology, and be motivated to work across traditional disciplinary boundaries.
Full funding is available for UK students. Funding for a limited number of EU students through Cambridge Trust bursaries is also available.
The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s oldest universities and leading academic centres, and a self-governed community of scholars. Its reputation for outstanding academic achievement is known world-wide and reflects the intellectual achievement of its students, as well as the world-class original research carried out by the staff of the University and the Colleges.