Swansea University College of Science/EPSRC PhD Scholarship 2017/2018

PhD studentship in nano biotechnology and optical spectroscopy

Closing date for applications: 15 November 2017

Start date:  1 January 2018


Project overview

Swansea University is seeking a top class candidate to undertake a PhD studentship in the field of nano biotechnology and nanomedicine. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to work in interdisciplinary and dynamic research environment. The project will involve developing macro and nanoscale spectroscopic methods including micro-Raman, tip-enhanced Raman and infra-red spectroscopy and imaging to understand cellular surface chemistry with an aim of developing cyber physical systems for early diagnosis of diseases. You will be based at the Department of Chemistry, and work in a dynamic collaborative environment with the Centre for Nano Health, Swansea University Medical School and industry partners. Such research will enable faster and cheaper diagnostic methods required in industrialised as well as in the developing world. This PhD studentship offers an exciting opportunity to combine optical spectroscopy, data analytics and machine learning. 

Swansea University strongly encourages research collaboration worldwide and there may be opportunities for short term secondment in internationally leading laboratories in the UK or abroad. This opportunity also provides a substantial tax free stipend equivalent to many graduate jobs.

Relevant web links: Centre for Nano Health http://www.swansea.ac.uk/medicine/research/researchfacilities/nanohealth/

Department of Chemistry http://www.swansea.ac.uk/chemistry/chemistryresearch/

For informal enquiries, please contact Deb Roy at deb.roy@swansea.ac.uk

Academic Requirements:

Applicants should have a minimum of a 2.1 undergraduate degree and/or a Master's degree with Merit (or equivalent qualification) in Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics, Engineering or related discipline and interest in combining informatics with physical science. 

For candidates whose first language is not English, we require IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in each component) or equivalent. Please visit our website for a list of acceptable English language tests

Residency Criteria:

This PhD scholarship is open to UK or EU applicants, or applicants with indefinite leave to remain in the UK.


This is a three year fully-funded EPSRC scholarship covering UK / European Union Tuition Fees and standard UK Postgraduate Research Student living stipend.

How to apply:

To apply for this studentship, please download the the research scholarship application form and return it to the College of Science within stated deadline with the following:

  • A recent CV 
  • Covering letter explaining how the award matches your interest and experience. 

Please email the documents with the job reference number to science-scholarships@swansea.ac.uk or post them to:

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