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Scholarships - Development and Feasibility of a Flowing Atmospheric Pressure Afterglow (FAPA) Discharge Ionisation Source, Swansea University, UK


August 14, 2015

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Key Information

Applications are invited for an MRes research project entitled ‘Development and Feasibility of a Flowing Atmospheric Pressure Afterglow (FAPA) Discharge Ionisation Source as part of a Commercially Available Multi-Modal ‘Universal’ Ionisation Source Platform.’ This studentship will be based at the Institute of Mass Spectrometry, Swansea University Medical School.

This is an exciting opportunity to develop a career, working in the Institute of Mass Spectrometry and within wider industry. The successful candidate will join a team of researchers at the Institute (Dr Ruth Godfrey and Professor Gareth Brenton) and at the research and development facilities of a leading international developer of commercial mass spectrometers. This is a collaborative research team who are developing mass spectrometry instrumentation at their facilities at Swansea and in North West England. Both collaborators have an extensive track record and facilities to design instrumentation and develop prototypes that can be tested for commercial applications.

The proposal is to study a new design of ionisation source for mass spectrometry to be included as part of a commercially available multi-modal universal source for instrumentation. The research project will be undertaken as part of an MRes qualification whereby the successful applicant will also be required to complete 60 credits of taught modules, plus a further 30 credit Higher-level Skills Development Award (HSDA). 

The successful applicant will be based primarily in the Institute of Mass Spectrometry, under the supervision of Dr Godfrey and Professor Brenton, with additional supervision and placement with the industrial collaborators.

For more information on Swansea University's Institute of Mass Spectrometry, please go to:


Candidates should have or expect to obtain a first class or upper second class BSc degree in physics, engineering, chemistry and/or a closely related subject.

Applicants should also be able to demonstrate extensive practical capability in laboratory based work, or equivalent industrial experience or research through a final year research project.

These scholarships are open to UK/EU and international students, but please note that only the UK/EU fee level will be covered. International students will be expected to pay the difference between UK/EU fees and international fees. 

For further information on eligbility criteria, please go to:


The studentship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees, plus a tax free stipend anticipated to be £10,130 p.a. International students will be expected to pay the difference between UK/EU fees and international fees.

There will also be additional funds available for research expenses.

How to Apply

Please complete the College of Medicine Research Scholarship Application Form and return, together with a full CV, to:

Dr A R Godfrey:

The deadline for applications is 4pm on Friday 14th August 2015.

Informal enquiries about this project are welcome and may be directed to Dr Godfrey at the email address above or by telephone: +44 (0)1792 295915.

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