PhD Studentship in Quantum Materials
Department of Electronic Engineering
Closing Date: Monday 20 May 2019
Nano-Electronics Group, Royal Holloway, University of London
Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in Quantum Materials. This position is part of the newly funded UK EPSRC research grant, Topological Spintronics, led by Dr Wenqing Liu. The studentship includes a stipend of approx. £16,777 plus fees (at home/EU rates) for three years. Overseas applicants are welcome to apply but would be required to have other sources to pay the difference between UK and overseas tuition fees. The PhD student will be based on the Nano-Electronics Group within Electronic Engineering. The department has a purposely-designed brand-new Science Building situated on the beautiful Egham campus close to London.
Applicants should hold, or be predicted to achieve, an undergraduate degree or equivalent in Science, and ideally one of the following subjects: Physics, Material Science, and Chemistry. An MSc in relevant disciplines is desirable.Some laboratory research experience in physical subjects and relevant track records would be advantageous.
Topic: Quantum Materials
The recently discovered topological phase has presented new possibilities for Quantum Materials: even the insulating state of matter exhibits a conductivity at the edges of certain physical systems and such conductive states are nontrivial and robust. Their unique behaviours not only enrich the world of low-dimensional physics, but also provide a platform for transformative technical innovations like quantum computation and communication. In the pursuit for such goals, the intrinsic material properties (e.g. mobility, anisotropy, conductivity etc.) are important indicators and the artificially synthesized hybrid systems (e.g. multilayers, hybrid systems, and nano-structures etc.) are valuable models for studying the topologically protected quantum phenomena and could potentially be used as actual components for an eventual logic or memory device.
The rise of Quantum Materials has been strongly linked with the development of instrumentation in advanced nanofabrication and characterization in the past twenty years. The experimental side of the research today has marched to a historical point where the paramount urgency is to use materials of the highest perfection and homogeneity and detection tools with atomic sensitivity. Royal Holloway is a new national centre for nanofabrication and has a strong infrastructure in quantum material research. Recent grants have funded a brand new clean room, home to the high-resolution imaging e-beam lithography system. We also benefits from the geographical proximity to National Physics Laboratory, and the national synchrotron and neutron scattering facilities, where the students are expected to take relevant trainings and perform experiments.
How to Apply
Applicants are encouraged to send their CV to the Project Supervisor, Dr Wenqing Liu, on firstname.lastname@example.org for an informal discussion before the online application. For further details on the application process please contact: Sharon Clutterbuck on ElectronicEngineering@rhul.ac.uk. Formal submission must be completed via Royal Holloway Directafter discussions with the Project Supervisor.
Deadline for applications: 10am on Monday 20 May 2019