Swansea University/College of Science PhD Scholarship 2016/2017

Project Supervisors:

Closing date for applications: 31 October 2017

Start date:  1 January 2018

Project description: This project will focus on developing new methods, models and insight into the transport and electro-optical physics of next generation thin film optoelectronic devices and related materials. The project will involve developing and implementing state-of-the-art electrical and photophysical spectroscopic methods and investigating in particular the links and interdependencies between charge generation and extraction in thin film light harvesting devices such as solar cells and photodiodes. The project is part of a new endeavour at Swansea University in Sustainable Advanced Materials working within a multi-disciplinary group of physicists, materials scientists, chemists and engineers.  


Candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics, Electrical Engineering or Materials Science, and a relevant Master’s degree or equivalent research experience as demonstrated by international journal publications. A strong curriculum and portfolio of undergraduate courses covering condensed matter physics and optics, as well as additional materials-science related undergraduate or Master’s education is desirable. Prior experience in organic semiconductors or other disordered semiconductor materials would be an advantage, as would knowledge of device fabrication and testing in a clean room environment. Informal enquiries before the deadline for formal applications are welcome by emailing Professor Paul Meredith (paul.meredith@swansea.ac.uk). 

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


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:

Applicants must complete and submit the following documentation by the stated deadline.

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

  • Academic References – all scholarship applications require two supporting references to be submitted. Please ensure that your chosen referees are aware of the funding deadline, as their references form a vital part of the evaluation process. Please either include these with your scholarship application or ask your referees to send them directly to science-scholarships@swansea.ac.uk
  • Academic Transcripts and Degree Certificates – academic transcripts and degree certificates must be submitted along with the scholarship application by the funding deadline. We will be using these to verify your academic qualifications.
  • A recent CV

Applicants should use the ‘Supplementary Personal Statement’ section of the application form to explain why the award they are applying for particularly matches their skills and experience and how they would choose to develop the project.

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

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College of Science
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