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PhD Studentship: Autonomous Digital Catalysis

School of Engineering, University of Warwick

Application deadline: 10 November 2019

Please email the prospective supervisor (Nikolay Cherkasov) your CV and cover letter if you consider applying because the vacancy may be filled prior to the deadline

Start date: 06 January 2020

Duration: 3 years


The project: Autonomous Digital Catalysis

The project aims to develop novel digital-age approaches to the development of heterogeneous catalysts and processes, novel methods to synthesise and test heterogeneous catalysts without human intervention.

This multidisciplinary project focuses on heterogeneous catalysis and the possibility to automate the discovery process; to develop and implement algorithms for selecting a catalyst recipe from an infinite number of possibilities; to rely on data, but use the accumulated knowledge and experience in the catalyst design.

Please email the prospective supervisor for enquiries.

Eligibility: Candidates must have a 1st or 2.1 honours degree. You should have a strong record in chemistry or chemical engineering, be familiar with the area of heterogeneous catalysis and experimental techniques. Developing algorithms and processes requires some knowledge (or desire to learn) programming in C (eg Arduino), Matlab, Python, Labview or others.

Funding: The project provides funding of £15,009 for 3 years. The funding is provided for only UK/ EU applicants. If you are an overseas candidate, the tuition fees must be covered by yourself – in this case, please indicate if you could have the fees covered.

How to Apply

Email a full CV, academic transcripts, and cover letter, explaining your interest in pursuing a PhD in this area to with ‘PhD Application’ in the subject line.

If you are successful at the interview you will be required to submit a formal application for study and 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. To make a formal application you must complete the online application form and quote scholarship NC19. Details of how to make a formal application can be found here