Категории архива: Оплачиваемые исследовательские проекты за рубежом

09 Янв

Development of bioactive orthopaedic cement materials

Development of bioactive orthopaedic cement materials

Applications accepted all year round
Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Supervisors: Drs WM Palin, RM Shelton, PR Cooper

The widely used bone cement type, polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) has many limitations including difficulty in handling, slow setting, shrinkage and heat production, which ultimately reduces the lifetime of the artificial implanted device.

This project aims to develop a novel single-paste material that is hardened on command using light energy to improve mechanical (stronger, with appropriate stiffness), physical (reduced shrinkage and heat generation on setting) and biological (bioactive components) properties compared with PMMA cements. The viscosity will be easily adjusted for numerous applications, ranging from stiff pastes for hip implants to injectable formulations for treatment of spine disorders.

To find out more about studying for a PhD at the University of Birmingham, including full details of the research undertaken in each school, the funding opportunities for each subject, and guidance on making your application, you can now order your copy of the new Doctoral Research Prospectus, at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/students/drp.aspx

Funding Notes

We have a thriving international Researcher community and encourage applications from students of any nationality able to fund their own studies (i.e. through Government scholarship schemes, self-funding), or who wish to apply for their own funding (e.g. Commonwealth Scholarships, Islamic Development Bank International PhD Scholarships, China Scholarship Council).

https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=70646&Email=1

09 Янв

Scalable solar cells based on Earth-abundant nanoparticle inks (Advert Reference: RDF18/MPE/BEATTIE)

Scalable solar cells based on Earth-abundant nanoparticle inks (Advert Reference: RDF18/MPE/BEATTIE)

  • Dr NS Beattie
  • Sunday, January 28, 2018
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Faculty of Engineering and Environment, Northumbria University

Descriptionof project
The pursuit of clean energy from the sun requires new photovoltaic materials that are scalable. Recently, the quaternary inorganic compound Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 (CZTS) has attracted considerable interest because of the Earth-abundance of its constituent elements and the potential for high efficiency. Furthermore, researchers at Northumbria University (https://sites.google.com/view/nupv) have developed a low-cost process to fabricate CZTS solar cells using nanoparticle inks. A transformative advantage of these inks is that they can be easily applied in to a wide variety of surfaces found in automotive, construction and consumer products sectors thereby rendering them capable of generating electricity at a variety of useful scales.

The goal of this project is to fabricate and characterise the performance of novel solar cells based on CZTS nanoparticle ink technology. The project has a major experimental component however, the scope is flexible and allows for example, exploration of the device physics through state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, or the opportunity to investigate novel executions of technology for example by fabrication on flexible substrates.

The project is closely linked with the UK’s modern industrial strategy through Northumbria University’s involvement in the North East Centre for Energy Materials (https://research.ncl.ac.uk/necem/). This project, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, is a collaboration between Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham universities. Through this link, you will have the opportunity to engage with a broad community of researchers working in energy materials and develop a network of academic and industrial contacts.
The project is strongly interdisciplinary and you will work at the interfaces between disciplines including physics, chemistry, materials science and engineering.

For further enquiries please contact Dr Neil Beattie:

Eligibility and How to Apply:

Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
• Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.

For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see:
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-research-degrees/how-to-apply/

Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. RDF18/…) will not be considered.

Deadline for applications: 28 January 2018

Start Date: 1 October 2018
Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

Funding Notes

The studentship includes a full stipend, paid for three years at RCUK rates (for 2017/18, this is £14,553 pa) and fees.

References

Qu, Y., Zoppi, G. and Beattie, N.S., 2016. The role of nanoparticle inks in determining the performance of solution processed Cu2ZnSn (S,Se) 4 thin film solar cells. Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications, 24, pp.836-845 (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pip.2756/full)

09 Янв

Joint research on Microfluidic technology for bio-integrated 3D printing (Technion and IBM Research Zurich)

Joint research on Microfluidic technology for bio-integrated 3D printing (Technion and IBM Research Zurich)

Project Description

We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student to join an exciting project aimed at developing a new microfluidic technology for 3D printing of bio-integrated medical diagnostic devices. The student will be registered as a PhD student at Technion, and will be co-advised by Prof. Moran Bercovici from Technion – Israel Institute and of Technology, and by Dr. Govind Kaigala from IBM Research – Zurich.

The student should expect to relocate to IBM Zurich for a duration of the project.

A competitive applicant should:
• Hold (or be in the final stages of) a Master degree in Engineering (Mechanical, Chemical, Nano/microtechnology, Electrical and Biomedical) or Physics.
• Have a hand-on approach to building experimental setups. Advantage to those experienced in microfluidics or nanofluidics setups.
• Have interest and experience in modeling and understanding of physical phenomena, as well as in design and implementation of systems using analysis tools such as Matlab, Mathematica, Comsol, Labview, and CAD.
• Experience/education in biology or microtechnology would be beneficial.
• Be highly motivated, self-driven, and have good communication skills in English, both verbal and written.
Application is open to any nationality. Preference will be given to applicants with at least one publication in a peer reviewed journal.

How to apply?

Please send a single PDF file which includes a cover letter, CV, transcripts, and contact information for two references to

Additional Information
Govind Kaigala https://www.zurich.ibm.com/
Moran Bercovici http://microfluidic-technologies.com

09 Янв

PhD contract — Terahertz Metrology for Semiconductor Device and Circuits Research

PhD contract — Terahertz Metrology for Semiconductor Device and Circuits Research

  • Mrs Aurélie Bauzou
    Mrs B Martinez
  • Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
 Project Description
Keysight Technologies (NYSE: KEYS) has been unlocking electronic measurement insights for 75 years. We are the world’s leading electronic measurement company, transforming today’s measurement experience through innovation in wireless, modular, and software solutions. Our 9,500 employees serve customers in more than 100 countries, delivering solutions in wireless communications, aerospace, defense and semiconductor markets with world-class solutions.

Keysight is participating in the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 funded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (ITN) “TeraApps – Doctoral Training Network in Terahertz Technologies for Imaging, Radar and Communications Applications”. TeraApps is a consortium of high profile universities, research institutions and companies located in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom.

TeraApps focuses on the ever-increasing hunger for communications bandwidth from 0.3 to 3 THz (1mm to 100um) occupying a middle ground between microwaves and infrared light. Recently, tunnelling devices have been shown to be the leading candidate in realizing compact, low cost, high performance THz transmitters and receivers once coupled to suitable antennas. In this project, the candidate will develop on-wafer calibration strategies scalable up to 500 GHz, and validate the work on devices made in the consortium and on test devices developed in-house.

In this frame, we are hiring 1 person to join the team in Belgium and work on:

Terahertz Metrology for Semiconductor Device and Circuits Research

As part of the network, the candidate will also go through a specialist training plan, including entrepreneurship and transferrable skills along with advanced specific research topic.Objectives: 1) Calibration: Develop on-wafer calibration strategies scalable up to 500 GHz, and validate the work on devices made in the consortium and on test devices developed in-house; 2) Expand the bandwidth of THz measurements system beyond single converters by identifying approaches to process the measurement data such that multiple converters can be combined into one system, and establish a calibration of the overall system across these larger bands.

Contract Duration: 36 months, fixed duration.

We are looking for candidates with the following background and skills:

Master in Electrical/ Electronic Engineering, RF, Microwave or relevant equivalent finalization.
Very strong interest in pursuing a PhD in a industrial context.
Ideal candidate has a theoretical and practical experience in high frequency on wafer calibration, measurement and uncertainty through his thesis.
Experience in 3D EM simulation is a plus.
Fluent in English and willingness to travel in the frame of the project are also required.

Funding Notes

In order to be eligible to this program, you imperatively need to match the 2 following criteria:

You are in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of your research careers at the time of recruitment by the host and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when you obtain the degree which formally entitles you to embark on a doctorate.
You must not have resided or carried out your main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of your host organisation (Belgium) for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to your recruitment.

https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=93973&Email=1
22 Дек

Flow in subsurface reservoirs

Applications accepted all year round
Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

PhD position in flow in subsurface reservoirs at the school of Mechanical Engineering at Tel Aviv University. Possible topic of research is maximizing CO2 storage in enhanced oil recovery by CO2 injection. Another possible topic is upscaling in numerical simulation of oil recovery by gravity drainage.
Candidate must have completed a Masters degree. Advantage to candidate with strong mathematical background and previous publications. Advantage to candidate with previous experience in reservoir simulation.
Please send CV and other relevant material when contacting.

Funding Notes

Full stipend for position.

https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=93478&Email=1

22 Дек

Non-reciprocal optics, University of St Andrews, School of Physics and Astronomy, St Andrews, United Kingdom

Applications accepted all year round
Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews

Project Description

In contrast to traditional, reciprocal optical systems, non-reciprocal systems allow the realization of interesting physical effects, for example optical isolation or the breaking of seemingly fundamental physical limits, such as the link between a system’s delay and its bandwidth [1]. Typically, non-reciprocal optical elements are realized using magneto-optic materials, for example in a Faraday Rotator. However, these materials are not suitable for integration in nanophotonic devices and thus new methods of achieving non-reciprocity need to be explored, for example nonlinear optical effects or time-variant modulations [2-4].

This project addresses the realization of on-chip non-reciprocal optical elements, new applications enabled by these elements and the exciting new physics achieved by combining non-reciprocal elements with components such as absorbers, emitters or resonators [1].

You are expected to have an interest in studying fundamental concepts in physics as well as mastering hands on nanofabrication and laboratory techniques. The project includes collaborations with groups across Europe and North America, offering you opportunities to visit the laboratories of collaborators and to build your own professional network.

The project will be supervised by Dr. Sebastian Schulz, who will join the department in March 2018. For more details on this topic and for any question regarding the project, please contact Dr. Sebastian Schulz ().

https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=93914&Email=1
22 Дек

Coating of sulfur particles for Li-S batteries

Coating of sulfur particles for Li-S batteries

Applications accepted all year round

Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

 Sustainable Materials Management, Flemish Institute for Technological Research – VITO

Project Description

Lithium sulfur battery (Li-S) is presently the most promising challenger for the next generation of commercial secondary (i.e. rechargeable) batteries with a theoretical energy density superior to 2500 Wh/kg. The practical performance is today limited to 350 Wh/kg (Sion Power Company). However, this is still higher than current Li-ion batteries which offer a maximum of 264 Wh/kg (US18650 from Sony Corporation). In addition, sulfur is abundant, low cost and usually considered as non-toxic.

The Li-S batteries suffer from several issues which hinder their large scale commercialization. Among them are limitations due to the sulfur in the positive electrode:
• Slow charge/discharge, characteristics of Li-S batteries attributed to the poor electronic conductivity of S8 and Li2S (final reduction product).
• Short lifespan, low coulombic efficiency and self-discharge due to polysulfides intermediates (Li2S8 and Li2S6) which are highly soluble in the electrolytic solution. They diffuse in the cell and react on the surface of the Li-metal negative electrode (polysulfide shuttle effect).

Conductive coatings on sulfur particles can increase their charge/discharge rate capability and mitigate the energetic density fading of Li-S batteries. The function of the coating is to enhance the electron transport in the positive electrode and to act as physical barrier for the polysulfides. However, currently state-of-the-art core/shell coatings on sulfur powders are obtained by slow and complex procedures which do not appear to be commercially up-scalable.

This PhD project, which is a collaboration between VITO and the Hasselt University, aims to develop new and improved processes for direct coating on sulfur powders (micron sized and sub-micron sized), either by wet solution based coating (Hasselt University) or dry coating routes using plasma technology (VITO). Thin (nm range) and homogeneous coatings are targeted based on conducting polymers and metal oxides.

The developed materials will be characterized by various techniques to determine the characteristics and effectiveness of the coatings. The electrochemical properties will be investigated using coin-cells assembled and tested in house. The most promising coatings will be applied on Li2S particles and corresponding Li-Li2S cells will be tested. All results of the coated materials will be compared with the pristine materials, S8 and Li2S.

Depending on the evolution of the PhD project, possible collaborations with the Paul Scherrer Institut (Switzerland) and/or the University of Padua (Italy) are foreseen.

We are looking for a motivated candidate for this PhD project holding a Master Degree in chemistry. A background in material chemistry, electrochemistry and/or plasma technology is preferred. Fluent English is mandatory, knowledge of Dutch is an asset.

For further information, please contact Dr. Sébastien Sallard (, tel: +32 14 33 51 75). Applications are registered online: http://wwwb.vito.be/VITODoctoraat/inschrijven/inschrijven.aspx?ID=522&Lang=EN.

Documents (CV, application letter, recommendation letter…) must be sent separatly by e-mail to the contact person.

22 Дек

Biopolymers for Tissue Repair

Applications accepted all year round

Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

The Ferrier Research Institute has a full scholarship to undertake a PhD programme working on biopolymer isolation and complex carbohydrate analysis. The PhD student will join the team at the Ferrier Research Institute (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) and work with the team led by Dr Simon Hinkley. This PhD opportunity contributes to a six-year multidisciplinary research programme led by the Leather and Shoe Research Association of New Zealand.The ultimate goal of this research is to develop technology to extract and characterize high-value biopolymers for use in tissue-regenerating therapeutics.

This PhD opportunity is focused on the chemical characterization of the complex carbohydrate matrix that comprises the tissues from New Zealand primary production processes. This will involve detailed separation and chemical characterization methodology and would best suit a candidate with an interest in organic chemistry, analytical chemistry and who wishes to undertake science that has a specific bearing on the New Zealand environment and utilization of natural materials from the primary-produce sector.

Eligibility:
The successful student will have a BSc (Hons), MSc or equivalent degree in chemistry, biology or biochemistry. Ideally, candidates will have a focus on organic chemistry, however; other relevant disciplines will be considered.

The applications also need to meet the English language requirement to enter the PhD program in the School of Chemistry and Physical Sciences

To Apply:
New PhD applicants should complete the PhD admission and Scholarship application online available from the link below and clearly indicate that they wish to apply for the PhD scholarship in “Biopolymers for tissue repair”

http://www.victoria.ac.nz/fgr/prospective-phds/how-to-apply

Funding Notes

The Scholarship will provide a stipend to cover living expenses of NZ$27,000 pa, plus tuition fees (student levies and international insurance are also covered, if applicable) for 3 years.

https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=93800&Email=1

11 Дек

Topological States in Coupled Double Nanowire Superconductor Hybrids

Topological States in Coupled Double Nanowire Superconductor Hybrids

Applications accepted all year round
Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
 Department of Physics, University of Basel

Project Description

Description
A fellowship for an experimental PhD thesis work is now available in the Nano- and Quantum Electronics group at the Department of Physics of the University of Basel: http://www.nanoelectronics.ch.

Our current projects are strongly motivated by the recent excitement about topological phases and Majorana bound states (MBSs) that can emerge in hybrid devices in low dimensions, for example in semiconducting nanowires (SNWs) with strong spin-orbit interaction coupled to a superconductor (SC). The combination of time-reversal symmetry breaking, induced by a magnetic field, spin-orbit field and superconducting pairing can give rise to new states of matter with non-trivial topological phases and unconventional pairing. To unravel the emergence of MBSs, we develop new probes with which the proximity gap and proximity-induced bound states (Andreev-, Shiba states) can be tested. The present project goes even a step further, since we aim to investigate topological states in coupled nanowires. If in contact with a SC, non-local pairing between the wires can give rise to new states, so called Parafermions. These are also, similar to MBSs, non-abelian quasi-particles, which have been proposed as units for topological quantum computing. However. parafermions allow for a larger set of operations and are therefore more desirable than MBSs.

Your tasks
Fabricate state-of-the-art devices that consist of coupled semiconducting NWs with superconducting contacts. Do low temperature transport experiment and study the emergent bound-states induced by the pairing interaction using novel probes low and high-frequency probes. The thesis will be funded for a maximum of four years during which the PhD should be defended.

Application / Contact
To apply, please email to a short curriculum vitae including names and contact info of referees and scanned copies of grades. Please add a short statement (few lines only) on your motivation and your education / background in quantum physics and solid-state physics.

Keywords
Quantum science; quantum electronics; nanotechnology; nanoelectronics; solid-state physics; quantum technology; topological insulators; topological quantum computing

Your profile
We look for a highly motivated student (preferably a physicist) who is keen to explore fundamental aspects of quantum devices. You should have a dedication for experimental work in the field of quantum science and technology and be ready to collaborate and share your knowledge and experience in a team. We expect a strong dedication and commitment to push the frontiers of experimental physics. Requirement: you need to have a profound understanding of quantum and solid state physics as it is taught in a physics curriculum.

Our offer
We offer state-of-the art infrastructure, a maximum if 4 years funding at a competitive PhD salary level between 47‘000 and 50‘000 CHF per year. Excellent support and supervision and a highly motivated team.

Funding Notes

Your profile
We look for a highly motivated student (preferably a physicist) who is keen to explore fundamental aspects of quantum devices. You should have a dedication for experimental work in the field of quantum science and technology and be ready to collaborate and share your knowledge and experience in a team. We expect a strong dedication and commitment to push the frontiers of experimental physics. Requirement: you need to have a profound understanding of quantum and solid state physics as it is taught in a physics curriculum.

https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=92993&Email=1

11 Дек

Growth and Characterization of 2D Topological Materials

Growth and Characterization of 2D Topological Materials

 ARC Centre of Excellence in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies, Monash University

Project Description

Topological materials, such as topological insulators and topological Dirac semimetals, are a new class of matter that possess new and exciting electronic properties, allowing a wide range of new physics to be explored including Majorana fermions and the Chiral anomaly to creating revolutionary new electronic devices that have the potential to transport charge through one-dimensional edge modes without dissipation. In this project we will grow new two-dimensional topological materials via molecular beam epitaxy. The properties of these materials will be studied using a combination of angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (ARPES) and low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). This will involve studying with atomic precision the electronic structure at edges and defects with low-temperature STM at Monash University, as well as utilizing synchrotron radiation at the Australian Synchrotron to study the electronic bandstructure using ARPES.Contact: Dr Mark Edmonds at or Prof. Michael Fuhrer at .

https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=93076&Email=1
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