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Dr. Sara Sangtarash

PhD Studentship:

Quantum transport through molecular structures for energy conversion applications

School of Engineering,

Application deadline: Open, subject to the position being filled

Start date: 03 April 2023

Duration: 3.5 years

The project

The aim of the project is to exploit the electronic properties of nanoscale materials to discover and design new materials for nanoelectronics applications. The ultimate goal of the research is to understand quantum transport through molecular structures such as single molecules, self-assembled monolayers, graphene nanoribbons and van der Waals heterostructures for functional quantum devices. The candidate will receive broad training on computational materials modelling and gain experience with cutting-edge quantum transport simulation methods, conduct a vibrant research project with high publication potential and would have an opportunity to conduct collaborative projects with internationally leading experimental groups in the UK, Europe and beyond.

Eligibility: UK candidates with a first-class or 2.1 honours degree at BSc or MSc in physical science or engineering disciplines and a strong interest in computational materials modelling. Experience with molecular scale simulation is desirable but not essential. International candidates are welcome to apply, but you will have to seek alternative funding sources.

Funding: The studentship covers 100% fees (UK students only; worth approximately £4,600) and a tax-free maintenance stipend in line with UKRI rates, of approximately £17,668 per annum.

 How to apply:

Applicants should send a cover letter outlining motivation and suitability for this project, and a full CV to 

If you are successful at the interview, you will be required to fulfil the entry requirements set by the University of Warwick. As soon as you have a University ID number, you will be invited to upload your degree certificate, transcripts, and a personal statement that explains your specific research interests and why you should be considered for this award.

The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual’s differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.