PhD and job opportunities

We are a friendly reseach group with PhD students and postdocs working on both fundamental and applied projects.

Past students and postdocs have gone to work in academia, applied-science research jobs, and related jobs such as in data science.

PhD opportunities

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 six 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.

If you have a general enquiry about studying or working in the group please get in contact with the group leader Dr Richard Sear.

students working in the soft matter labs (2019)
Soft Matter PhD students working in our labs

Apply for a PhD

For information on applying to do a PhD here, click on the course below. This has links to the application procedure, but it is best to contact an academic before applying, to see if there is funding and if they are willing to supervise you. 

We are an interdisciplinary group and so a number of our members have backgrounds in subjects other than physics, for example chemistry or mathematics. So although we require a good degree, for most projects it does not have to be in physics, it could be in a related physical science, engineering or mathematics area. If the degree was not taught in English, the University will require an English language qualification, such as IELTS. More information is on the entry requirements page of the course.

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.

Nanocrystal with disorder - simulation snapshot

The group studies nanomaterials via both experiment and simulation. Shown is a snapshot of a crystalline nanoparticle. The yellow and orange atoms are atoms in locally face-centred cubic and hexagonal close packed environments, respectively. The stripes are defects in the crystalline ordering called stacking faults. Defects in crystalline ordering affect both nanoparticle growth and their effectiveness as a catalyst.