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University of Sussex
A Ph.D. studentship (42 months) is available immediately under the supervision of Prof Wendy Brown, Department of Chemistry, School of Life Sciences.
Deadline: 2 November 2018
This PhD project will use a combination of experimental and theoretical surface science techniques to investigate the adsorption, processing (thermally and by electrons and photons) and formation of complex organic molecules (COMs) in conditions relevant to interstellar space and to cometary and planetary ices. This research is particularly timely because of the upcoming launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which will allow the detection of molecules in space with much higher sensitivity than previously possible. COMs are currently a hot topic in Astrochemistry, with new species being found all of the time in a range of different environments, including stars, planets and comets. Their importance stems from the fact that many COMs are pre-biotic i.e. they act as precursors to the formation of biologically relevant species such as simple amino acids. Further information about the work in the Brown research group can be found at http://www.sussex.ac.uk/lifesci/brownlab/
Please submit a formal application using our online application system at http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/phd/apply, including a CV, degree transcripts and certificates, statement of interest (clearly stating supervisor’s name and the project title) and names of two academic referees. Programme of Study is PhD Chemistry.
Applicants will have an excellent academic record and should have received or be expected to receive a relevant first or upper-second class honours degree in a relevant subject. The full award is available to UK and to EU students who have been ordinarily resident in the UK for the previous 3 years. EU candidates who do not meet this criteria will be eligible for a fee waiver only and Overseas (non EU) students are not eligible to apply.
This EPSRC award covers Home/EU PhD fees, a tax-free living allowance at Research Council UK rates (currently £14,553 per annum) and research/training expenses for 3.5 years
Contact Anna Izykowska for application enquiries ([log in to unmask])
Contact Prof Wendy Brown ([log in to unmask]) for enquiries about the project
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