The Chilton Group

Magnetism, Spectroscopy, Theory

PhD studentship: Nanoscale molecular memory on diamond - Apply Online

A jointly awarded PhD studentship from The University of Manchester and The University of Melbourne is available for an outstanding and ambitious chemist or physicist to undertake research in the field of nanoscale magnetism and spectroscopy. As part of a multidisciplinary team, the successful candidate will spend time performing research in the laboratory of Dr Nicholas Chilton in Chemistry at Manchester and Dr David Simpson in Physics at Melbourne. The student will learn about spectroscopy on the nanoscale using nitrogen-vacancy defects in diamond, molecular magnetism and quantum chemistry methods, and perform experiments to determine the surface conformation and magnetic properties of single-molecule magnets.
PhD candidates will begin their PhD in Manchester and will then spend at least 12 months in Melbourne. The amount of time spent at Manchester and Melbourne will be dependent upon the project and candidates will work with their supervisory team in the first year to set out the structure of the project.
For recent publications relevant to the project see: Goodwin et al., Nature, 2017, 548, 439; Simpson et al., Nature Commun., 2017, 8, 1; Goodwin et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 18714.

Funding and Availability
This position is funded by The University of Manchester for 3.5 years, covering tuition and stipend. It is open to UK/EU citizens only.

Candidates should have or expect to obtain a first class or upper-second class degree, specialising in chemistry or physics. Experience of EPR spectroscopy or quantum chemistry would be advantageous, although training will be provided. You should be capable of working under your own initiative and working with a number of research teams in Manchester and Melbourne, so excellent communication and organisational skills are also required. Please submit a cover letter and CV with your application. The cover letter should describe your research interests and motivation for the proposed project in a short paragraph.

Equality and Diversity
The School is committed to Athena SWAN principles to promote diversity in science; the Department's website documenting activity in this area can be found here. The University will actively foster a culture of inclusion and diversity and will seek to achieve true equality of opportunity for all members of its community.

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