The Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials (BCFN) is a leading centre for doctoral training offering 4-year PhD and 1 year MSc opportunities in Functional Nanomaterials. Our principle research objective is to pioneer innovative scientific approaches to the creation, characterisation and application of new forms of soft and hard multi-functional nanostructures. Our research is grouped into research themes which seeks to address global challenges – Materials for Energy, Materials for Health and the Life Sciences, Materials for Technology and Innovation, and Mesoscopic Materials and Devices.
Everything we do is interdisciplinary, and from the bottom-up: all projects have supervisors from at least two disciplines, and our taught and training materials have been designed to support our students’ development as interdisciplinary scientists. We represent over 100 academics from 13 academic departments including Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry and Engineering. From the perspective of a student, this means that the training received is balanced, thorough and comprehensive; the research is interdisciplinary, original and challenging.
The BCFN offers two interwoven strands of graduate training: the 1-year MSc in Nanoscience and Functional Nanomaterials, and the 4-year PhD programme. The two programmes share several elements, and all BCFN students study together as a cohort. This means meeting a wide variety of young scientists, and sharing scientific and social activities.
Alongside this research, you will have tailored training workshops to build up your fundamental knowledge; hands-on technical training on research equipment, and specialist training sessions on communication, problem-solving skills, teamwork, and the skills needed for managing People and projects - all essential for your future career. We offer a strong focus on professional transferable skills alongside research throughout the lifecyle of your PhD, making you more employable in whatever field you choose to work in – our aim is to help you make the most of your potential as a postgraduate researcher and beyond.
Want to know what kinds of work you could do with us? Visit http://www.bristol.ac.uk/bcfn
E: email@example.com T: +44 (0)117 92 87485