PhD and job opportunities
Here we give an overview of opportunities within the group. If you have a general enquiry about studying or working in the group please get in contact with the group leader Dr Richard Sear.
Past students and postdocs have gone to work in academia, applied-science research jobs, and related jobs such as in data science.
What we can offer you
Interested in studying for a PhD, working as a postdoc, applying for funding for a fellowship, or visiting the group? Please take a look at the research we do, or look at the research interests of the group's five academics.
We have opportunities for both experimental and computational research. If you see an area of interest then please email the academic whose area interests you, and see if there is funding available. Please tell them a little about yourself (your educational background and what research interests you), and they will be able to help.
The Department of Physics is part of GRADnet, a collaborative graduate school of nine South East England physics departments. Through GRADnet our PhD students benefit from courses on physics research techniques, and courses taught in conjunction with companies, on team-working and working in industry.
We are very happy to discuss applications for fellowships with strong candidates, these can be from the UK's research council, Royal Society, or the EU. One of our academics, Dr Izabela Jurewicz, used a fellowship as a stepping stone to an academic career here. Please get in contact either with the group leader, Dr Richard Sear, or another member of the group.
The Physics of Bacteria with Aberrant Growth
Funding information:Full funding (tuition fees and stipend) is provided by at current EPSRC rates. The stipend will be £15,609 in the first year, and increase annually to £16,560 in the third year.
Harnessing non-growing metabolically-active and chemically beneficial bacteria in colloidal polymer biocoatings
Funding information:Full funding (tuition fees and stipend) is provided. The stipend will £18,609 in the first year, followed by annual increments, rising to £20,056 in the final year.
Apply for a PhD
For information about doing a PhD here, click on the course below. Before you apply, we suggest it is best to contact an academic, to see if there is funding and if they are willing to supervise you.