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Due to funding regulations, this studentship is only available to UK and EU nationals. Students must meet the eligibility criteria to be classified as Home or EU at: in order to be considered for this studentship.

This is a 4-year fully-funded Industrial Case PhD studentship with Professor Alex Routh and Dr Marios Hatzopoulos; industrial partner Unilever ( The project is to start 1 October 2019.

A 4-year fully-funded studentship is available to investigate the properties of drying films. Ingredients such as polymers, particles and surfactants are used in many personal care products (e.g. skin creams, lip-stick, sunscreen) to deliver superior benefits. These materials are deposited on skin from a variety of different solvents, but the drying process which is critical for optimal film function is still poorly understood. This proposal is aimed at an improved understanding of drying of product films on skin, and its effect on film structure and functional properties. Using well-characterised proxies to Unilever technologies, this work will uncover the levers for optimal and directed formulation design.

This 4 year fully-funded PhD research project will employ a wide range of experimental techniques and numerical modelling. The project will involve experiments on model materials and development of a fluid mechanical model for the drying process.

Applicants for the studentship should have:

1.) A First Class (or a high 2:1) in all previous degrees (Bachelor's and if applicable, Master's or other postgraduate degrees) in a relevant discipline such as chemical engineering, engineering, chemistry or physics.

2.) If your degree(s) was taken outside the UK, please visit to determine if your marks will qualify before you apply.

3.) The successful candidate will be expected to formally apply for admission to the University of Cambridge. Please see the University's admissions requirements at:

To apply for the studentship, please send the following to by noon on Friday 8 March 2019:

1.) Include the Vacancy Reference number NQ18137 in the subject line of your email.

2.) A copy of your CV

3.) Copies of your transcripts from all previous degrees (Bachelor's and if applicable, Master's or other postgraduate degrees) that show the marks/grades obtained in each course.

Please quote reference NQ18137 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Key Information

Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Reference: NQ18137

Dates and deadlines:

Monday, 11 February, 2019
Closing Date
Friday, 8 March, 2019