Application of optics and microfluidics for aerosol analysis in the Centre for Research in Biodetection Technologies

Overview

Qualification type: PhD

Location: Hatfield, United Kingdom

Funding for: UK nationals or have permanent residence status

Funding amount: The award includes cover for UK home tuition fees and subject to eligibility a stipend at standard RCUK rates. For 2020 – 2021 this is set at £15,285, subject to eligibility.

Closing application date: The closing date is the 31st January 2021. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online interview by the end of February 2021. If you have not had a reply within 3 weeks of the deadline, you have unfortunately been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Start date: April 2021

Project outline

Applications are invited for one three-year, full-time PhD studentship available from April 2021, within the Centre for Research in Biodetection Technologies (CRBT) at the University of Hertfordshire. Spanning the Departments of Physics and Engineering, we develop novel technologies and techniques for understanding and characterising aerosol constituents for the protection of human health and food security.

Aerosol science has never been so crucial, and rapid identification of harmful aerosol constituents, including pollutants and biological pathogens, is highly topical.

The CRBT has a track record of applied research into collection and identification of aerosol constituents, encompassing techniques including electrostatic aerosol collection, continuous flow and digital microfluidics, and optical light scattering methods. We seek to tackle the multidisciplinary challenges that fall on the boundaries between the physical, engineering, and health sciences to address the need for rapid and accurate identification of complex aerosols.

One full time PhD studentship is available in one of the following areas:

  • Project 1: Analysis and identification of collected aerosol constituents using Raman spectroscopy techniques.
  • Project 2: Analysis and identification of collected aerosol constituents within droplets using light scattering techniques.
  • Project 3: In-situ real-time concentration monitoring for droplet-based aerosol sampling.
  • Project 4: Application of optical light scattering for identification and selective sorting of aerosol particles in immiscible microfluidic droplets.

For informal enquires contact Dr Ian Johnston, Director of the CRBT.

Find out more about Dr Ian Johnston.

Find out more about Dr Chris Stopford.

Essential criteria

Applicants must be UK nationals or have permanent UK residence status.

Applicants should have a good degree i.e. a 2.1 or higher in a relevant physics, engineering or related scientific discipline. A Master’s degree or equivalent industrial experience would be desirable. We are seeking applicants with a good understanding of applied physical sciences including optics and engineering and an enthusiasm to learn and develop experimental science and engineering techniques.

Our research environment is enriched by the diversity of our staff and students and we take a responsible approach towards further progressing inclusivity. We encourage applications from people who identify with a protected characteristic; those from areas with traditionally low participation in higher education; and people who are the first to study at university in their family.

Application process

For informal enquiries about the projects please contact the relevant supervisor directly.

To apply for the studentships please complete the application form and email it with a copy of your CV to doctoralcollegeadmissions@herts.ac.uk. You should provide the project number and title of the PhD project you are applying for in the subject line of the email.

The closing date is the 31st January 2021. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an online interview by the end of February 2021. If you have not had a reply within 3 weeks of the deadline, you have unfortunately been unsuccessful on this occasion.