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 2018/19 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 in September/October 2018. The closing date for consideration in the initial round is at the end of November 2017. Further applications may be considered up to March 2018.
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 2018. Please follow the link below for eligibility details. The closing date is 31st May 2018.
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/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Validation of uptake, heterogeneity and shape metrics in clinical PET-CT (Positron Emission Tomography - Computerised Tomography) using Monte Carlo Simulation and 3D printed anthropomorphic phantoms
Simulation of the biomechanics of the heart in a high performance computing environment
A fully funded EPSRC PhD studentship (potentially a case project) is available starting from September 2018 in the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester. It is a joint project with supervisors from the School of Physics and Astronomy, Taunton & Somerset Hospital and the School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering.
Abnormalities of biomechanical properties of the heart are common in hypertension and heart failure conditions. Traditionally the functions of the heart are evaluated by its mechanical contraction efficiency (EF), i.e., the ejection fraction. However, recent clinical studies have shown that EF may not be an effective biomarker for diagnosing impaired hearts due to hypertrophied heart (e.g., increased wall thickness) that provides a compensatory response of the myocardium to normalize wall stresses. Therefore, heart diseases with apparent biomechanical abnormalities may not be effectively reflected by a reduced EF. The main objectives of this project are to perform advanced computer simulations of the human heart, from which the biophysical relationship between myocardial stress, strain and energetics in hypertensive cardiac disease conditions will be determined. Simulation data will be compared to and validated against detailed analysis of the contractile parameters of clinical imaging data. The student will learn not only how to develop and implement computer models of the heart with electrical-mechanical coupling, but also develop programming skills in high performance scientific computing and visualization environments, and interpret and analyse clinical imaging data. Specifically we envisage using a combination of OpenFOAM and ParaFEM for fluid and structural analysis respectively. This work contributes to a global effort in developing a biophysically detailed computer model of the heart.
The student will base his/her research at Manchester but will undertake some research and training at Somerset Cardiac Research Centre. The project thus provides a unique training opportunity for the student to learn how to link leading scientific research to clinical applications.
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, MEng in science, engineering, applied mathematics or computing). Those with computational skills and enthusiasm for research and innovation are encouraged to apply. Women and minority candidates are also encouraged to apply.
Amount of funding available and eligibility: The project is funded for a period of 3.5 years with full studentship available to cover university fees and stipends (UK research council standard). No prior experience of clinical imaging analysis or modelling is required as training and support will be provided.
Contact for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org or drop in to Room 3.07, Schuster Building on Manchester campus.
Project Supervisors: Profs Henggui Zhang (Manchester Biological Physics) and David MacIver (Taunton & Somerset Hospital), Drs Alistair Revell and Lee Margetts (School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering).
How to apply: standard procedure by following the online application from www.manchester.ac.uk, but informal enquiries should be directed to Prof Henggui Zhang.
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.
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.
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.
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: 2018 or as soon as is practical
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 to protein structures at the nanoscale.
The student will base his/her research at Manchester but will undertake research and training at neutron facilities (RAL (Oxford), ILL (Grenoble, France)) 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 good experimental and 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: email@example.com 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.