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PhD Scholarship in "Synchrotron Radiation X-Ray Spectroscopic Studies of Functional Metal Oxides"

The MacDiarmid Institute PhD project involves the experimental study of the electronic structure of transition metal oxides using a suite of synchrotron radiation-based spectroscopies. The primary focus will be on new vanadium oxides with potential application in novel gas sensors and in the generation of hydrogen from water via solar irradiation. The techniques to be used include photoelectron spectroscopy, photoelectron microscopy, x-ray emission spectroscopy, x-ray absorption spectroscopy, and resonant inelastic x-ray scattering.

Students applying for this position will have experience in the experimental study of the electronic structure of solid materials. They should also have a strong background in solid state physics, physical/inorganic chemistry, or materials chemistry.  The successful PhD candidate must be able to meet the requirements of, and enrol in, the University of Auckland’s PhD programme.   Due to consideration of fees for Ph.D. students based off-campus, this position is only available to citizens of New Zealand.

The successful applicant will be based full time for the duration of their PhD studies at the Advanced Light Source Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (ALS), in Berkeley, California, USA.  The School of Chemical Sciences at the University of Auckland has full time staff at the ALS who will provide day to day supervision.  The student will come to Auckland up to three times per year for research meetings.

To apply please contact Professor Kevin Smith and include your CV, copies of academic transcripts, a brief (1 page maximum) statement of research experience, and the names of at least two people who can provide professional letters of reference.