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Durham University

Centre for Materials Physics

Soft Matter & Biological Physics

Soft Matter and Biophysics is one of the main research themes pursued by the section of Condensed Matter Physics. We are the Department of Physics' component of Durham's Centre for Soft Matter, and also have close links with the Biophysical Sciences Institute. Our research is highly interdisciplinary and we work in close collaborations with groups in the departments of Chemistry, and Mathematics, the School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences and the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences.

We are constantly looking for talented, motivated PhD students and postdoctoral researchers who would be interested in working with us. Aside from the specific opportunities listed here, we would be happy to support candidates who wish to apply for their own funding. Candidates are welcome to contact us for support or recommendations; feel free to email us if you are interested in putting together an application related to Soft Matter and Biophysics.

The Department of Physics has a long tradition of hosting independent research fellows, many of whom have gone on to independent academic careers either in Durham or elsewhere. We list here a number of possible fellowships, but the list is far from complete. Funding opportunities for prospective post-docs include EPSRC fellowships, Marie Curie fellowships, Newton fellowships, Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 fellowships, and Human Frontier Science Program. Durham University runs the prestigious Addison Wheeler Fellowship (IAS) and Junior Research Fellowship schemes for highly qualified candidates.

There are also longer term schemes suitable for more senior post-docs, including EPSRC early career fellowships, Royal Society University Research Fellowships, and ERC Starting Grants.

Undergraduate research (PhD and shorter projects): competitive scholarships and bursaries for summer studentships are available from numerous sources ([1] [2] and [3]).