PhD and Postdoc Research Opportunities
We are a new research group in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. We are expanding and welcome applications from excellent and motivated students and postdoctoral researchers to join us. A number of exciting projects are available in our group. Example projects are listed below.
- Design and synthesis of porous materials and functional polymers;
- Membrane separation processes for gas separation, water purification, and chemical separation;
- Advanced battery materials for energy conversion and storage, including Li-ion batteries, redox flow battery, Li - metal battery, solid-state battery;
- Heterogeneous catalysis, and thermochemical or electrochemical reaction engineering for clean energy applications, including renewable H2 production, CO2 capture and conversion.
- Experimental study and molecular simulations of porous materials and molecular and ion transport properties (co-supervision of Dr Kim Jelfs in Department of Chemistry)
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
The group is also able to support for application for funding from external research fellowship schemes.
PhD studentships available for 2018 entry
One PhD position is fully funded by the DTP scholarship for UK/EU students, covering tuition fees and providing a stipend at the standard RCUK rate (it is £16,296 for 2017-2018 p.a., with London weighting). The detailed description of this PhD studentship is live on Findaphd.com Research project title: Multifunctional polymer membranes for energy applications (energy-efficient molecular separations including gas separation, and advanced rechargeable batteries for energy storage). https://www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=78722&LID=910
Another PhD scholarship is Full PhD scholarship funded by the Department of Chemical Engineering, with tuition fees and living stipend fully covered (Deadline 31st October 2017). It is open to all applicants including overseas students. Details of the Departmental PhD studentship: (Applications for this scholarship scheme will be considered throughout the academic year). Note that this full PhD scholarship is highly competitive. The applicants will need to go through the selection by the department committee and pass through the Interview by the panel. Students with an extraordinary academic background and strong publication record will be considered.
Applications from students interested in materials chemistry, polymer chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, energy engineering, and energy conversion and storage are particularly encouraged.
Please send your CV and a cover letter as attachments to Dr Qilei Song (firstname.lastname@example.org). Your CV should include the detailed academic performance (including grades and marks) and names and contact details of two academic referees. Your cover letter should highlight your relevant experience and interests. Candidates will be considered until the position is filled.
A number of PhD scholarships are available at Imperial College including international scholarship collaborations.
Students with outstanding academic record and research experience are encouraged to apply for the Imperial College President's PhD Scholarship. Applications for this scholarship scheme will be considered throughout the academic year.
Full PhD scholarship funded by the Department of Chemical Engineering (Deadline 10 December 2016, applications for this scholarship scheme will be considered throughout the academic year).
Imperial College and China Scholarship Council PhD Programme (CSC-Imperial PhD scholarship)
You are also encouraged to look for other funding sources.
Self-funded students are also encouraged to contact by e-mail.
What are we looking for
The research in our group is quite interdisciplinary. Talented and motivated students with academic experiences in materials chemistry, organic and polymer chemistry, chemical engineering, physics, membrane science, electrochemistry, and energy conversion and storage are encouraged to apply and join us. Preference will be given to the students with strong background in organic or polymer chemistry to work on the synthesis of materials and study applications in molecular separations and energy storage, and those with a strong background in engineering to develop membrane separation technology, energy storage technology, and novel processes. We expect the students to be highly motivated, and able to work independently and collaborate within a multidisciplinary team to carry out excellent and leading-edge research.
While several projects focus on porous materials, detailed experience of characterisation of porous materials is not a prerequisite, and there will be opportunities to learn a range of techniques.
For students to be strong candidates for the Departmental Scholarship or the CSC scholarships, they must have a very strong academic track record, previous experience of working in a laboratory and research interests relevant to the group.
English Language test
As part of the application process, you will be asked to show that you have met the College’s English-language requirement.
Our department has raised the standard to the higher one:
IELTS: 7.0 overall (minimum 6.5 in all elements); TOEFL: 100 overall (minimum 22 in all elements)
It is essential that students make contact with departments/supervisors before submitting a PhD application. For informal enquiries, please send your CV and cover letter or personal statement to Dr Qilei Song. Email address: email@example.com
Visitors including undergraduate and PhD students are welcome to join our group.
Academic visitor scholarship funded by China Scholarship Council
We are always keen in working with talented and motivated students and postdocs. If you are interested in our research, please find more information on projects and contact us by email. For informal enquiries, please send your CV and cover letter or personal statement to Dr Qilei Song. Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org