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PhD opportunities are available a on a wide-range of projects, all with real-world applications.

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Current Vacancies

Location: Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London
Supervisors: Dr Camille Petit
Start date: October 2018
We are seeking a highly motivated candidate to undertake a PhD under Dr Camille Petit’s supervision. The work will focus on the synthesis, characterisation, testing and manufacturing of porous boron nitride as a potential adsorbent for molecular separations. The successful candidate will work in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus. Funding for the studentship is through the BP International Centre for Advanced Materials and the Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Characterisation of Materials. The studentship will cover tuition fees plus the standard maintenance stipend.
In order to be considered for this PhD post, you must:
  • Have a high upper second class degree (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Physics or equivalent. You can find more information on the degree requirements here:
  • Have a settled status in the UK, meaning no restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK
  • Have been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant. This means he/she must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences)
  • Demonstrate your ability to understand and express yourself in both written and spoken English
A cover letter and a CV, including the names of at least two referees, should be sent to Dr Camille Petit ( You can also directly contact Dr Petit for more information. 
In all cases, please write “PhD studentship application – ICAM” as your email subject. Please check that you match the eligibility criteria before applying.
Applications are invited for a 4-year PhD studentship to work with Professor Stuart Clarke on a project that is funded by BP plc as part of an EPSRC Prosperity Partnership programme.
The project involves the development of novel experimental methods to determine the structure and composition of organic monolayers adsorbed on solid surfaces from liquids under a number of external fields such as shear, pressure and temperature. This will involve state-of-the-art laboratory-based methods as well as the development of facilities for the UK's premier neutron scattering facility (ISIS). The studentship would suit a physical chemist/chemical engineer/material scientist with interests in surface science and lubrication/corrosion.
Applicants should have (or expect to obtain) the equivalent of a UK first class or upper second class honours degree (and preferably a Masters degree) in chemistry, materials science, or other relevant discipline. The studentship provides a maintenance grant and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Owing to restrictions imposed by the sponsor, non-EU citizens cannot be considered.
Applications should include a cover letter, CV, detailed academic transcripts and the contact details for at least two academic referees, and should be sent by email to Professor Stuart Clarke (, to whom any informal enquiries can be addressed.
If you wish to be considered for any other available studentships in the Chemistry Department, you must also apply online via the University Applicant Portal and complete the Chemistry Department Application form (further information at Please note the earlier deadline and that there is an application fee.
Information about all research in the Department of Chemistry is given at:
Please quote reference MA13839 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Centres for Doctoral Training

ICAM also has involvement with a number of Centres for Doctoral Training. Students taking part in these programmes undertake a taught year before progressing to an industry-set PhD research project.

More information on these courses can be found below: