Funding

Manchester Master’s Bursary

The University of Manchester is offering 100 bursaries for Masters students, each worth £3,000 in funding, to UK and EU students who will be starting taught or research Masters courses in September 2017. Please follow the link below for eligibility details. The closing date is 31st May 2017.

http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/funding/uk-eu-student-advice/masters-bursary/

Postgraduate loans (PGL) for taught and research Masters students

If you’re coming to Manchester this year to begin postgraduate study, you could qualify for a loan from the UK government: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/funding/uk-eu-student-advice/postgraduate-loans-pgl/

STFC Advanced Radiotherapy PhD

This project will study treatment planning, with some focus on the insensitivity to inhomogeneities and the potential for rapid delivery to mitigate motion.  The objective being, to investigate means of rapid and accurate dose delivery with VHEE beams.  This research will employ GEANT4-based Monte Carlo modelling, and will incorporate optimised algorithms to assess a realistic planning system.

Full funding is available for the duration of the programme to cover stipend and fees. There is a further £4k for consumables/travel.

Closing date for applications is 1st September 2017 or when the post is filled.

Treatment Planning for VHEE

Ph.D. opportunity available in the School of Physics and Astronomy, to work with Prof. R.M. Jones

Design of a VHEE Radiotherapy Machine: A Potential New Paradigm in Cancer Treatment 

There is the opportunity for a Ph.D. student to develop a high gradient linac and associated RF, operating at 200 – 250 MV, suitable for a VHEE radiotherapy machine. This research will allow for a potential new paradigm in cancer treatment. The work will capitalise on more than two decades of research conducted for CLIC (Compact Linear Collider) at CERN. With suitable adaptation, a full radiotherapy electron machine will be investigated, capable of delivering a high dose at a rapid rate –and hence able to take advantage of the latest advances in ultrahigh dose -rate “FLASH” radiotherapy. Each accelerating structure will operate at ~ 100 MV/m with the capability of delivering 10s Gy in a highly conformal manner. Part of the Ph.D. will also entail the practicality of steering multiple linacs to the treatment area –and hence investigate “freezing” patient motion. This will entail a collaboration with the University of Manchester, Daresbury Lab., Elekta and CERN.

There will be RF, beam dynamics, vacuum science, and mechanical engineering aspects to this project. The practicalities of realising a VHEE radiotherapy machine within a realistic timeframe will be explored. The project has analytical, simulation, and experimental aspects to the research. The direction of the research will be decided according to the interest and aptitude of the student.

This studentship is funded by STFC for 4 years. The student will be based at the University of Manchester and the Cockcroft Institute and will be expected to collaborate closely with Elekta and will be encouraged communicate all results at CERN-hosted conferences and similar events.

Studentship commences Sept 2017.

For further details contact: roger.jones@manchester.ac.uk

Design of a Compact Cyclotron for Proton Therapy

Academic School: Physics and Astronomy

Anticipated Start Date: September 2017 for 3.5 Years

Supervisor Team:

Dr. Hywel Owen (University of Manchester, hywel.owen@manchester.ac.uk ).

Dr. Timothy Antaya (Antaya Science and Technology)

Dr. Andrzej Kacperek (Clatterbridge Cancer Centre)

Project description: Superconducting cyclotrons are becoming the mainstay of modern proton-based radiotherapy, with several companies now offering treatment solutions based on the use of 230-250 MeV-output cyclotrons, which are suitable for deep-seated tumours in adult treatments. However, delivery of low-energy protons from 30 to 70 MeV using these large cyclotrons is technically problematic and a lower-energy design – suitable, for example, for eye therapy and other shallow treatments – is needed. Clatterbridge Cancer Centre developed the world’s first hospital proton therapy service of any kind, but is now looking to replace its machine with a more modern, sophisticated variant with the assistance of Antaya Science and Technology. Antaya is an accelerator development company with world-leading experience in designing medical cyclotrons.

This PhD project will entail using Antaya’s experience and technology platform, and apply it to Clatterbridge’s clinical requirements to develop a cyclotron design and associated beam delivery system, intended to be a replacement for the present treatment system at Clatterbridge. The successful candidate will split their studies between the Cockcroft Institute (Cheshire, UK, working on beam delivery design), the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre (Wirral, UK, performing measurements and developing a clinical specification), and the development facility of Antaya Science and Technology (New Hampshire, USA, working on cyclotron design). It is envisaged that about 6 months of the candidate’s time will be spend overseas in the USA.

Qualifications applicants should have/expect to receive: The successful candidate will have or expect to obtain a first or upper second-class degree or equivalent (e.g. MPhys, MSci) in physics. Experience of accelerator physics and computational physics is desirable but not essential.

Funding and eligibility: The project is fully funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council for 3 years, with a possible extension of 6 months; UK and other EU citizens are eligible to apply. A full package of training and support will be provided by the Cockcroft Institute, and the student will take part in a vibrant accelerator research and education community of over 150 people. An IELTS score of at least 6.5 is required.

Contact for further information: hywel.owen@manchester.ac.uk, or visit Room 7.08, Schuster Building on the University of Manchester main campus.

How to apply: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/howtoapply/

This position will remain open until filled.

Data Intensive PhD positions at the School of Physics & Astronomy

The School of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Manchester has a number of fully-funded 4-year PhD studentships available as part of a new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Data Intensive Science, to start in October 2017.

The full CDT is a collaboration between the University of Manchester, the University of Sheffield and the University of Lancaster, with support from a range of industrial and third party organisations with interests in data intensive methods and applications. Up to eight fully funded PhD studentships are available at the University of Manchester, with six in the School of Physics & Astronomy and two in the School of Computer Science. Studentships are also available at the other CDT partner institutions.

Students are invited to make applications across the full range of STFC supported sciences at Manchester, including Astrophysics, Particle Physics and Nuclear Physics, where they will undertake doctoral research focusing on the data intensive aspects of these fields. In addition to their academic research, students will also undertake a six-month placement with a partner organisation in the commercial, industrial or private sector as part of their PhD. These placements will look at the wider applications of their research in data intensive sectors outside the University, and give students an opportunity to experience research environments outside the academic norm.

The Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics is one of the UK's largest astronomy research groups and its work covers a range of data intensive areas, from signal and image processing to statistical inference, machine learning and computational modelling. The research programme includes observational and theoretical studies covering almost the whole of modern astrophysics: from the discovery of planets orbiting other stars, to the origin of the universe in the Big Bang. The group is also a world leader in radio-astronomy-related technology development for ground and space-based instruments.

Applicants will have an MSc classified at  2:1 or higher, or equivalent qualification, in Physics, Computer Science, or Mathematics. The studentships are available to all eligible UK- and EU-based applicants, though anyone interested is encouraged to enquire. The studentships will be awarded on a rolling basis, so early application is strongly recommended.

For further general information on CDT please contact Dr Anna Scaife (anna.scaife@manchester.ac.uk) or take a look at our website (http://www.physics.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-courses/4irdataintensivecdtphd/) where individual project descriptions can be found. Applications should be made through the University of Manchester website, http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/how-to-apply/, specifying "STFC-CDT" in the area of interest.

President's Doctoral Scholar Awards

This flagship funding scheme, which is strongly supported by the University's President and Vice Chancellor Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, will offer over 100 elite studentships each year.

The Award will give the most outstanding students from across the UK and from around the world a foundation to support research training with prominent academics across a full range of subjects.

We are now accepting applications for our 2017/18 PDS Awards. All applications should be made in accordance with the Faculty of Science and Engineering application procedure. PDS Award funding will be allocated to our most outstanding applicants seeking PhD training opportunities starting from September/October 2017. The closing date for consideration in the initial round is at the end of November 2016. Further applications may be considered up to March 2017.

Research Council Awards

Research Council Awards are available to British nationals resident in the UK. (Non-British European nationals are also eligible for these awards, but only in respect of the university fees.) The awards, which cover fees plus maintenance, are available for 42 month PhD courses in any research area. They are funded by the government Research Councils: STFC, the Science & Technology Facilities Council, EPSRC, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The competition for these awards is high and the minimum academic requirement for a research council PhD award is an upper second class honours degree.

Graphene NOWNANO CDT

Up to 12 fully funded studentships per year are available at the EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Applications of Graphene and Related Nanomaterials (Graphene NOWNANO). We welcome applications from graduates with a good degree (first or high upper second) in science, engineering or bio-medical disciplines. Places are available to UK and EU nationals resident in the UK for >3 years. A small number of funded places are also available to EU nationals not currently resident in the UK.

PhD projects supported by Graphene NOWNANO build on the world-leading expertise in the science and technology of graphene and other two-dimensional (2D) materials at Manchester and Lancaster University. Our students receive initial state-of-the-art training in fundamentals of graphene/2D materials, their applications, and key techniques. This is followed by a 3½ year research project you will select from up to 60 available projects in 30+ top-rated research groups across 9 disciplines/university departments (Experimental and Theoretical Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Materials Science, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Pharmacy, Biomaterials, Nanomedicine).
Extra opportunities on offer: student conferences, innovation and commercialisation training, joint events with other CDTs, outreach events. These contribute to building a group of outstanding scientists which will help to lead world research in graphene and other nanomaterials and development of their applications in the future.

Research Scholar Awards for European Nationals

Four bursaries are available which cover the fees and contribute up to £7,500 per annum towards the cost of maintenance.

Overseas Research Scholar Awards

Four Overseas Research Scholar Awards are awarded annually by the school and pay the difference between fees payable by UK and EU students and those payable by overseas students. They are highly competitive and early application is advisable.

Regenerative Medicine

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Regenerative Medicine is an interdisciplinary centre co-sponsored by EPSRC and MRC, which accepts applications from a wide variety of undergraduate backgrounds, ranging from physics to medicine. 

Its general focus is on laying down the foundation for new medical therapies for pathologies that range from trauma to muscular dystrophy, from diabetes to Alzheimer’s. The PhD projects can have a predominant physical, biological or medical science orientation, with the common points of trans-disciplinarity (joint co-supervision of a medical and a non-medical academic) and scientific quality; typically, placements abroad and/or in industry are possible and funded from the CDT.

PhD Project for Gravitational Tests with Antihydrogen Atoms 2017

The international ALPHA collaboration at CERN seeks to discover how the differences between matter and antimatter have resulted in a universe largely composed of matter. By performing precise atomic physics measurements on trapped antihydrogen atoms to seek out minute differences with equivalent measurements in hydrogen, the experiment aims to address this very question.

At the centre of the experiment is ALPHA-g - the next generation of antihydrogen traps intended to measure antimatter gravitation.

We are seeking a PhD student to design and perform gravitational free-fall measurements on antihydrogen atoms in order to measure antimatter gravitational acceleration directly as a test of the weak equivalence principle. In addition to designing and analysing experimental protocol and diagnostic technique for use in ALPHA-g, the fully-funded PhD studentship will provide the opportunity to participate in ALPHA’s general experimental programme.

For more information, read this.

PhD Studentship Heart Modelling

It is increasingly apparent that hypertensive heart diseases may be present with contractile abnormalities even where there is a normal ejection fraction. 

This funded PhD studentship will aim to gain a better understanding by investigating the biomechanics of human ventricles in hypertensive patients using computer models of the heart.

Based at Manchester and with some research undertaken at Somerset Cardiac Research Centre, the student will learn to interpret and analyse clinical imaging data, and to develop and implement large-scale computer models of the heart. Through this, the student will gain a unique insight into how to link leading scientific research to clinical applications in this field.

 For more information, read this.

Establishing the traceability of novel Theranostic Isotopes: From production to imaging.

Academic Supervisor: Dr David Cullen (University of Manchester)
Industrial Supervisor: Dr Andrew Robinson (National Physical Laboratory)

This fully funded PhD EPSRC iCASE studentship (fees plus additional stipend) is part of our newly established collaboration between The Uni. of Manchester, NPL, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and the CERN-MEDICIS project. The collaboration is focused on establishing quantitative imaging for novel theranostic Molecular Radiotherapy isotopes which can combine cancer therapy with diagnostic imaging. An exciting example of such an isotope is the element terbium (Tb) which has isotopes that can provide both SPECT and PET imaging and β- and α-particle therapy. This project will deliver traceability of activity to new primary standard measurements of radioactivity, combined with optimisation of clinical imaging to determine the specific distribution of radioisotope within the body, for a range of isotopes with medical applications produced at the MEDICIS facility. In addition, alternative methods of isotope production, with the potential to scale to support clinical adoption of these isotopes, will be investigated.

This project provides the student with a unique mixture of complimentary training as part of a well-established scientific collaboration. The student will be based within an existing group studying medical dosimetry within the nuclear structure group at the University of Manchester. This group currently has 3 other CASE PhD students working on related projects with medical physicists and clinical scientists from The Christie hospital. The work will also involve extended periods at NPL in order to allow quantitative imaging of the new isotopes from MEDICIS. The University of Manchester nuclear physics group and The Christie nuclear medicine department have recently performed the first optimised clinical imaging of 155Tb delivered from MEDICIS for the first time.

If you are interested in applying for this position please send a CV and short note about what you can contribute to this project to: dave.cullen@manchester.ac.uk

Closing date: 21st March 2017.

Laser Cleaning of Artworks

A PhD CASE studentship is available starting from September 2017 in Photon Physics, sponsored by Lynton Conservation, a division of Lynton Lasers Ltd.

This PhD provides an exciting opportunity for a student to play a key role in advancing the conservation of our cultural heritage. He/she will work closely with Lynton Conservation, a division of Lynton Lasers Ltd. which has been one of the leading suppliers of laser cleaning systems to the conservation field for over twenty years and counts many of the world’s leading museums among its customers. A thorough evaluation of laser cleaning is required, in order to better understand the mechanisms involved and the effects on the artwork’s surface, to provide the conservation community with the confidence required to accept this new technique. The supervisory team will include Dr. Mark Dickinson from the University and Dr. Martin Cooper, one of the leading figures within the laser conservation field. The successful candidate will be expected to develop excellent working relationships with customers of Lynton Lasers Ltd. This is likely to include the world-famous British Museum and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, USA), among others.

Applicants should have or expect to receive a 2(i) or first class degree in Physics. Full funding is available for UK students. Applications should be made via: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/postgraduate/howtoapply

Contact Dr. Mark Dickinson: (mark.dickinson@manchester.ac.uk) for further information

PhD Studentship in Biological Physics

Project Title: Surface and Interfacial conformations of Adsorbed Antibodies as Studied by Neutron Reflection

Application deadline: The application process remains open until a suitably qualified candidate is successfully recruited

Anticipated start date for project: September 2017.

A PhD studentship is available starting from September 2017 in Biological Physics, the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester. The studentship is funded by MedImmune, who focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of biologic prescription medicines, and is the biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca.

Antibodies are proteins that can be engineered with exceptionally high selectivity and specificity to recognize their target molecules. Recent scientific and technological advances have now paved the way for developing antibodies as a new generation of protein drugs (biologics or biotherapeutics) for unmet clinical needs. In the course of bioprocessing (expression, purification, formulation and packaging), antibodies are exposed to different surfaces and interfaces. Some of these interactions have the potential to cause structural unfolding of the antibody and loss of their unique functions. On the basis of our ongoing collaborative studies, we have demonstrated various technical capabilities in studying protein adsorption. The main objectives of this project work are to explore the use of neutron reflection and other related techniques for studying antibody adsorption at the air/water and solid/water interfaces and establish the basic understanding of the structural impact of the different interfaces. The student will learn not only how to analyse the neutron data but also how to interpret the structural implications. This work contributes to the development of the theoretical basis about how to control complex interfacial processes and interactions.

The student will base his/her research at Manchester but will undertake research and training at neutron facilities (RAL, ILL) and MedImmune, Cambridge. The project thus provides a unique training opportunity for the student to learn how to link leading scientific research to technology innovations.

Qualifications applicants should have/expect to receive: The successful candidate will have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class degree or equivalent in a relevant degree (e.g. MPhys, MSci, MChem, MEng) in science, engineering and bioscience. Those with experimental/computational skills and enthusiasm for research and innovation are encouraged to apply.

Amount of funding available and eligibility: The project is funded for the maximum period of 4 years. No prior experience of neutron research, modelling or bioscience is required as a full package of training and support will be provided.

Contact for further information: j.lu@manchester.ac.uk or drop in to Room 3.14, Schuster Building on Manchester campus.

Project Supervisor: Prof Jian R Lu (Manchester Biological Physics).

How to apply: standard procedure by following the online application from www.manchester.ac.uk, but informal enquiry should be directed to Prof Jian R Lu.

PhD Studentship in Biological Physics

Project Title: Self-assembly of Novel L-Carnitine Amphiphiles

Closing date for applications: The application process remains open until a suitably qualified candidate is successfully recruited.

Anticipated start date for project: September 2017.

Information about the project
A PhD studentship is available starting from September 2017 in Biological Physics, the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester. The studentship is funded by EPSRC, with a CASE top up from Lonza. The Manchester branch of Lonza harnesses science and technology to create processes and products that support safer and healthier living and that enhance the overall quality of life.

L-carnitine amphiphiles could offer attractive surface activity and solution aggregation, but there is so far no study aimed at elucidating their physiochemical properties. Given the potential health and medical benefits from these molecules, this project is set to undertake a systematic study of their surface and interfacial adsorption and solution aggregation by a range of physical techniques including neutron reflection and scattering. The student will learn not only how to undertake key physical measurements such as neutron reflection and scattering, but also how to analyse experimental data and come up with appropriate models that could interpret the structural implications. This work will thus contribute to the development of the theoretical basis about how to control interfacial processes and interactions.

The student will base his/her research at Manchester but will undertake research and training at neutron facilities (RAL, ILL) and Lonza Manchester. Lonza will provide full support and training on sample synthesis and purification and related characterisations. The project thus provides a unique training opportunity for the student to learn how to link leading scientific research to technology innovations.

Qualifications applicants should have/expect to receive: The successful candidate will have or expect to obtain a first or upper second class degree or equivalent in a relevant degree (e.g. MPhys, MSci, MChem, MPharm) in science, engineering and bioscience. Those with experimental/computational skills and enthusiasm for research and innovation are encouraged to apply.

Amount of funding available and eligibility: The project is funded for the maximum period of 3.5 years. No prior experience of neutron research or bioscience is required as a full package of training and support will be provided.

Contact for further information: j.lu@manchester.ac.uk or drop in to Room 3.14, Schuster Building on Manchester campus.

Project Supervisor: Prof Jian R Lu (Manchester Biological Physics).

How to apply: standard procedure by following the online application from www.manchester.ac.uk, but informal enquiry should be directed to Prof Jian R Lu.

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