PhD students

We are always looking for highly motivated PhD students with a Chemistry, Physics, Nano-biotechnology, Materials Science or Engineering background to work in nano-engineering applications in (opto)electronics, photonics, sensing, energy and nano-biotechnology. If you are within the top 5% of your cohort and interested to join us, please get in touch with Tawfique directly with your CV, publications list and a short summary of your proposed project.

For general information on the PhD application to Cambridge please see

Post Doctoral Researchers

Please contact Dr Hasan at least 6 months before the application deadline if you are interested in applying for fellowships to work with us (some examples below). Other application opportunities may also be available. You must have an excellent publication record and demonstrated ability to carry out innovative research.

  • A*STAR International Fellowship (AIF)

    Eligibility requirements:
    Applicants must

    • have completed a PhD within the last 4 years. Candidates in the final stages of their PhD will be accepted, provided that the PhD will be completed before the start date of the AIF
    • Candidates should possess excellent publication records
    • Candidates should not have existing service obligations to any institutions
    • Singaporeans or other nationals intending to take up Singapore Citizenship. Non-Singaporeans are required to take up Singapore citizenship prior to the commencement of fellowship
  • Newton Fellowships

    (Please also note special schemes for Chinese nationals)
    Eligibility requirements:
    Applicants must

    • have a PhD, or will have a PhD by the time the funding starts
    • should have no more than 7 years of active full time postdoctoral experience at the time of application (discounting career breaks, but including teaching experience and/or time spent in industry)
    • be working outside the UK
    • not hold UK citizenship
    • be competent in oral and written English
    • have a clearly defined and mutually-beneficial research proposal agreed with a UK host scientist
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships

    This fellowship is meant to support the best, most promising individual researchers from anywhere in the world. Only experienced researchers can apply. This means you will have your doctoral degree or at least four years’ of full-time research experience by the time of the call deadline. Open to researchers either coming to Europe or moving within Europe. The fellowsihp is designed to help to restart research careers after a break such as parental leave. This can also help reintegrate researchers coming back to Europe.

  • Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellowship

    Research Fellowships in Science and Engineering are intended to give early-career scientists or engineers of exceptional promise an opportunity to conduct a research project of their own instigation. Applications from qualified engineering researchers are particular encouraged and the Brunel Fellowship is specifically reserved for them.

    Eligibility requirements:

    • The Fellowships are open to candidates intending to conduct research in any of the physical or biological sciences, in mathematics, in applied science, or in any branch of engineering.
    • Candidates must be in possession of a recent PhD, or equivalent qualification (normally with no more than 3 years postdoctoral experience) or be in the final stages of their PhD studies, which must be successfully completed before the award of a Fellowship can be confirmed.
    • A Fellowship will normally be held at a UK Institution approved by the Commissioners; the research should be carried out at a different Institution from the one where the candidate’s PhD research was undertaken. In exceptional circumstances the Commissioners may consider an application from a candidate not fulfilling the above criteria; requests for such exemptions should be forwarded to the Secretary as a personal letter accompanying the submission for consideration. The Commissioners’ decision, which is made after the closing date for submissions, will be final.
    • A Fellow will not be debarred from holding another award or receiving other contributions towards support, but the Commissioners must be informed and may, at their discretion, modify the value of the Fellowship.