Posted: March 28, 2008

3 nanotechnology PhD studentships offered at the University of Canterbury

(Nanowerk News) The Cluster Physics Group in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Canterbury, in Christchurch, New Zealand invites applications for 3 year PhD studentships. Applicants should have an upper class honours degree (1st or 2(I)) in Physics, Electrical Engineering, or a related subject.
The aim of the project is to make and deposit alloy nanoparticles and then to use various characterisation techniques (including synchrotron radiation techniques at international laboratories) to understand their structure. This will lead to the use of the nanoparticles to grow carbon nanotubes using chemical vapour deposition techniques. The project is funded by a grant from the New Economy Research Fund.
Further information on this research and the other activities in the group can be found at
The experimental work is supported by molecular simulations of cluster structure by a team in Wellington. The research is part of an ongoing program on the assembly of clusters into nanoscale devices. The successful student will be included in the activities of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (see, which is a NZ Government funded Centre of Research Excellence. Please note that all applications must include:
  • A full Curriculum Vitae, INCLUDING your University transcript (i.e. list of grades awarded).
  • The names of at least two people who are prepared to act as referees.
  • If English is not your native language, results of a standard English test or other evidence of your English language ability.
  • A clear statement about when you would expect to be able to come to NZ.
  • A clear statement as to which project(s) you are interested in, and why.
  • Due to the intense demand for these positions, only enquiries or applications that meet these criteria will be responded to. Only applications received before the deadline of 14 April 2008 will be considered.
    Please send your applications to:

    Simon Brown

    Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

    Christchurch 8041

    New Zealand

    Tel: +64 3 364 2507

    E-Mail: [email protected]

    Source: University of Canterbury
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