Research Vacancies

Newton Fund

The Newton Fund’s aim is to develop science and innovation partnerships that promote the economic development and welfare of collaborating countries.Applicants need to consider if their proposed activities meet ODA criteria.

Prof Thanh is happy to host eligible candidates, please send her email (ntk.thanh@ucl.ac.uk), with a few line of personal statements and a full CV, with a subject: Newton Fund in the email. Due to the large number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited to make a formal application.

Global Challenge Research Fund

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries.

Prof Thanh is happy to host eligible academic candidates, please send her email (ntk.thanh@ucl.ac.uk), with a few line of personal statements and a full CV, with a subject: GCRF in the email. Due to the large number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited to make a formal application.

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4 year PhD studentship in Bionanomedicine with The London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Biosciences Consortium, one of the largest BBSRC funded DTPs in the UK.

Available Sept 2020

Supervisor Prof Nguyen T.K. Thanh, Biophysics Group, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCL (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/biophysics/research/#nanoparticles; http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ref2014).

For more information see: http://www.lido-dtp.ac.uk/

Please send CV and research statement to Prof. NTK Thanh (Email: ntk.thanh@ucl.ac.uk) with the Subject Ref: Bionanomedicince studentship for consideration, due to the large number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited to make a formal application.

The position is only available to UK students. Oversea students with their own funding for tuition fee and bench fee can apply.

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4 years PhD studentship on Characterisation of nanoparticles for biomedical applications with CDT Advanced Characterisation of Material

Supervisor Prof Nguyen T.K. Thanh, Biophysics Group, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCL (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/biophysics/research/#nanoparticles; http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ref2014)
Please send CV and research statement to Prof. NTK Thanh (Email: ntk.thanh@ucl.ac.uk) with the Subject Ref: Bionanomedicince studentship for consideration, due to the large number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited to make a formal application.

For more information see:http://www.cdt-acm.org/

The position is only available to UK students. Oversea students with their own funding for tuition fee and bench fee can apply.

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Potential UCL- A*STAR 3.5 year PhD studentship for September 2020 on Magnetic Macromolecular Systems for Drug and Gene Targeted Delivery to Cancers

Supervisors Prof Nguyen T.K. Thanh, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCL (http://www.ucl.ac.uk) and Prof Jun Li, Institute of Materials Research and Engineering, A*STAR, Singapore http://www.a-star.edu.sg/Default.aspx)

Project timeline:
– Year 1: Student research/training in UCL
– Year 2-3: Student collaborative research in A*STAR
– Year 3-3.5: Student in UCL for writing up

Cancer is still a leading cause of disease worldwide. Magnetic nanoparticles offers an exciting new alternative treatment, with local heating of affected areas allows to eliminate the side effect of current radio-or chemotherapy. The most cutting edge research has recently focused on the combination of heat treatment with traditional cancer drugs. That synergistic effect will enhance the treatment efficacy of both components compared to single mode of treatments.

In this project, we will use molecular self-assembly as a platform to encapsulate anticancer drugs with magnetic nanoparticles for targeted delivery to cancers. Magnetic nanoparticles with high heating efficiency will be synthesized using methods developed in Prof Thanh’s lab either in the presence of the polymer or being coated post synthesis.

We will develop a series of new amphiphilic block copolymers based on microbial biopolyester for long-term controlled release of drugs.

Using a similar strategy, we will develop anticancer drug and gene co-delivery systems for efficient cancer therapy in combination with magnetic heating.

Student is registered in UCL, but needs to be accepted by A*STAR. The candidate required to have 1st or 2:1 class Integrated Masters degree (MSci, MChem, etc.) or 1st or 2:1 BSc plus stand-alone Masters degree Merit/Distinction in Chemistry, Materials Science, and Biochemistry.

Application dealine will be closed in April 2017.

Please send CV and research statement to Prof. NTK Thanh (Email: ntk.thanh@ucl.ac.uk) with the Subject Ref: UCL-A*STAR PhD studentship for consideration, due to the large number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited to make a formal application.

The position is only available to EU or UK students. Oversea students with their own funding for tuition fee and bench fee can apply.

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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: MSCA Individual Fellowships Call

http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/about-msca/actions/if/index_en.htm

Call for fellowships for post-doctoral researchers: Postdoctoral researchers who have recently been working overseas may be eligible to apply for a fellowship at University College London, funded by the European Union’s Marie Curie Fellowships scheme. Eligible researchers can be of any nationality, age or research field as long as they have not spent more than 12 months in the UK over the past three years by August 2014.
The fellowships cover the cost of a researcher’s living, relocation, research expenses and overheads for a period of 12 to 24 months (full‐time). Applications are assessed on the basis of the proposed project’s scientific, academic or technical quality and implementation as well as the applicant’s training plans, research experience and achievements.
As a comprehensive, global university, UCL is ideally placed to benefit from this scheme, as fellows can join or add value to established research teams, creating new links between UCL and institutions in other countries. UCL has been awarded nearly 100 Marie Curie Fellowships since 2007.
Researchers who are currently based in a European Union or associated country may apply for a Marie Curie Intra‐European fellowship (IEF), while researchers outside Europe may be eligible for an international incoming fellowship (IIF). Success rates for the Marie Curie IEF and IIF calls were 18% and 12% in 2010 respectively.
The Marie Curie fellowships scheme forms part of the EU’s Framework Programme 7 (FP7) and is designed to encourage the mobility of researchers across national boundaries, support research careers and attract researchers to Europe.

Please contact Prof Nguyen TK Thanh (Email: ntk.thanh@ucl.ac.uk) if you would like to apply to be working in her lab. Due to large number of applicants only short listed candidates will be contacted.


Marie Curie Career Integration Grants (CIG)

This action consists of financial support for long term professional career integration projects in a host organisation of a Member State or associated country. The financial support aims to provide the researcher with the best possible conditions for establishing herself/himself in a long term research career. The CIG provides funding for an eligible researcher to carry out a research project in any field and is intended to allow the researcher to share knowledge acquired overseas and to establish their research careers in Europe.
The grants are awarded for research projects in any field, and are capped at €100k in value and 4 years in duration.
http://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/about-mca/actions/cig/
Please contact Prof Nguyen TK Thanh (Email: ntk.thanh@ucl.ac.uk) if you would like to apply to be working in her lab. Due to large number of applicants only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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Royal Society Newton International Fellowship

The Newton International Fellowship scheme , run by The British Academy, The Royal Academy of Engineering and The Royal Society, aims to attract the world’s best postdoctoral researchers to the UK.

The two-year Fellowships cover the broad range of the natural and social sciences, engineering and the humanities. The Fellowships include £24,000 per annum to cover subsistence and £8,000 to cover research expenses, plus a one-off relocation allowance of £2,000.

Funding, worth £6,000 per year for ten years after the Fellowship ends, will support follow-on activities to enable Newton Fellows to build long-term links with the UK.

In addition, Newton Fellows will also become members of the international alumni scheme run by Research Councils UK.

The deadline for applications is March / April 2014.

More information on Newton Fellowships

Newton International Fellowships
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London SW1Y 5AG

tel: +44 (0)20 7451 2559
fax: +44 (0)20 7930 2170
info@newtonfellowships.org

Prof Thanh will be happy to host a good application, please send your CV for her consideration.

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Commonwealth Scholarships

I am happy to host exellent applications for these fellowships, please send your application to me for reviewing in advance (Email: ntk.thanh@ucl.ac.uk)
If you are a citizen of a developed Commonwealth country, you can apply for:
•Scholarships for PhD and split-site (PhD) study at UK universities
If you are a citizen of a developing Commonwealth country, you can apply for
•Scholarships for Master’s, PhD, or split-site (PhD) study at UK universities
•Shared Scholarships for Master’s study at selected UK universities
•Distance Learning Scholarships to study UK Master’s degree courses in your home country
•Academic Fellowships for mid-career academics to spend time at UK universities
•Professional Fellowships for mid-career professionals to spend time at a UK host organisation
To qualify for PhD study at UCL, you will need the following:
1) Meeting English proficiency requirement: IETLS > 6.5, with each
sub-category no less than 6.0;
2) Completed a BSc/MSc programme with an average GPA > 3.5 / 4, i.e. 88

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Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS)

GRS website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/UK-EU_Res/grs

Overseas Research Scholarships (ORS)

ORS funds the difference between overseas and UK/EU fees
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/overs-res/ors


PhD studentship for overseas students

Outstanding stellar overseas students could send email to Prof Thanh: ntk.thanh@ucl.ac.uk, by 15th Nov 2019, if they would like to be considered for these schemes. The competition is extremely high, shortlisted candidates will be contacted by 20th of Nov 2019. If you are not contacted, you did not make it to the shortlist.

  1. Application Process for GRS/ORS/CSC and Dean’s Prize (incl CSC applicants with overseas element covered by Dean’s Prize):

-Prospective applicants must first submit a complete UCL PhD application for admission onto a research degree programme by 1 Dec  2019:

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/physics-astronomy/study/phd

-Applicants need to submit all paperwork for  GRS/ORS/CSC application (see list below) to us (prospective supervisor if known and group admission tutor) by   1 Dec 2019

– Applicants must fulfill the English language requirement:

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/learning-and-living-ucl/international-students/english-language-requirements

-We will shortlist 2 (3 if one is CSC)  for GRS/ORS/CSC and a few candidates (TBC, probably about 5)  for the Deans Prize at the PGC meeting in January.

-Notification of outcome: 2nd March for GRS/ORS/CSC, earlier for Dean’s (the website is not updated yet).

  1. Documents to be submitted to us by GRS/ORS/CSC applicants by 1 Dec 2019

Research Scholarship cover sheet

CV incl publications, prizes and awards

A lay summary (200 words max)

Academic transcripts

2 References: ref1 from related to most recent completed degree and ref2 from prospective UCL supervisor

Applicant needs to use the templates that can be downloaded here.

  1. Documents to be submitted to us by Dean’s Prize applicants (including CSC applicants with overseas element covered by Dean’s) by 1 Dec 2019:

Short (1 page maximum) description of the proposed research project

CV

Two references from colleagues external to UCL (these may be the references supplied with the candidate’s PhD application).

UCL Research Opportunity Scholarship

UCL is launching a new scholarships programme to support BME postgraduate research degree students – The UCL Research Opportunity Scholarship (UCL-ROS). The programme is being offered in partnership with the Windsor Fellowship. The scheme offers full financial support and a skills development programme, both designed to promote academia as a more attractive career option.

Institute of Physics Jocelyn Bell Burnell Graduate Fellowship fund launched

The IoP has now opened the Jocelyn Bell Burnell scholarship fund, to support full or part-time graduates who wish to study towards a doctorate in physics and are from groups that are currently under-represented in physics.  Full information about the scheme and eligibility criteria is here: https://beta.iop.org/bellburnellfund

If you have any PhD applicants that may fit the criteria, please note that the application deadline is 10 January 2020.

Visiting Research Programme

Further details about the Visiting Research programmes, eligibility, and how to apply can be found on the UCL website at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international/affiliate/visiting-research-students/