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Fully Funded PhD Studentships in Metamaterials at University of Exeter, UK


April 01, 2015

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Applications are invited for fully funded PhD studentships within the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (XM2) in Metamaterials. XM2 will be supporting between 14 and 18 PhD fully-funded (UK/EU only) 4-year studentships from September 2015. A small number of fee-only for international studentships may be available. Studentship includes tuition fees (UK/EU/International) and an annual stipend for UK/EU students (£13863 for academic year 2014/15). 

Studentships are awarded for projects in the following fields: Plasmonics, Natural and Disordered Photonics, THz photonics, Microwave metamaterials, Magnonics and Spintronics, Magnetic Metamaterials, Acoustic metamaterials, Spatial transformations, Graphene devices, Nanomaterials and nanocomposites.

Scholarship Provider: University of Exeter, UK

Applicants should have or expect to achieve at least a 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline. They invite applications from independently-minded undergraduates that have demonstrated excellence at the undergraduate and/or taught-postgraduate level in a relevant subject. Applicants should have an interest in electromagnetics, acoustics, nanotechnology and/or materials science, and are expected to demonstrate creativity and be open-minded to collaborative work and innovation.

 Metamaterials are fabricated microstructures having properties beyond those found in nature. They are emerging as an important new class of materials with applications in many technology areas, from energy harvesting, through perfect imaging, to the much-hyped ‘cloaking’. Having recruited 18 new PhD researchers in its first year, the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (XM2) hosted by the University of Exeter will admit its second cohort of 14-18 PhD students in September 2015.

 XM2 will be supporting between 14 and 18 PhD fully-funded (UK/EU only) 4-year studentships from September 2015. A small number of fee-only international studentships may be available.

The duration of award is four years. The first year of the studentship includes a mini-project, and a substantial programme of training. Students will choose from a wide range of taught modules and participate in academic and personal development skills-based workshops, together with creativity events and conference-style meetings. The cohort will also be expected to disseminate their results to the international community via high-impact publications and international conferences. They will spend time working with academic and industrial partners.

The 4-year studentships from September 2015 includes tuition fees (UK/EU/International) and an annual stipend for UK/EU students (£13863 for academic year 2014/15).

Applications will be reviewed by members of the XM2 management board and candidates will be short-listed against a set of agreed criteria to ensure quality while maintaining diversity. Failure to include all the elements above may result in rejection. Criteria will include:
Essential -Excellence in a lower degree in a relevant discipline;
-Excellence in written and oral skills in English;
-Evidence of knowledge of XM2 ethos, research themes and/or supervisors.
Desirable - Specialist knowledge about one or more XM2 topics;
-Research outputs (e.g. papers) and/or has undertaken training in research methodology (e.g. undergraduate research projects);
-Ability to work collaboratively

Short-listed candidates will be interviewed by a panel of two academic members of staff drawn from the management board.

Your initial application should be emailed to This should includes
-an outline of your research interests
-a suggestion of your preferred area(s) of study within the XM2 themes, and/or your interest in a particular project.
-an indication of whether you have already been in contact with a potential supervisor
-a discussion of why you would like to study for a PhD in Physics or Engineering, and why you would like to join a cohort-based doctoral training centre
-an academic CV
-degree transcript(s) giving information about the qualification awarded, the modules taken during the study period, and the marks for each module taken.
-two academic references 

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