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Study at the iMR Centre for Doctoral Training

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The Centre for Doctoral Training offered four year PhDs at the Universities of Warwick, St Andrews/Dundee, Southampton, Nottingham and Aberdeen spanning the fields of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Electron Paramagnetic Resonance, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Dynamic Nuclear Polarisation. Our goal is to unlock creativity and stimulate new technological developments in MR furthering the reach and increasing the impact.

The programme was open to graduates who would typically have, or be on course for, a 1st class degree in Physical Sciences. We aimed to attract applicants looking for a challenging, interdisciplinary research training environment and with an active interest in the development of new technologies.

All PhD’s were fully funded including fees and maintenance allowance of £14,000 per annum, as well as an enhanced travel budget. In addition to this there were opportunities for students to travel as part of their studies. Our students have a range of diverse scientific backgrounds. We aim to provide not just a traditional qualification but to equip our students with the cross-disciplinary communication and transferable skills necessary to be successful in the competitive employment market.

A list of example projects (from those offered for September 2013 entry) can be found below.

How to apply

We are not currently accepting new students onto the iMR CDT programme, however some supervisors may have other funding sources available. Please contact one of the Project Supervisors listed if you may be interested in carrying out a PhD under their supervision.


PhD Projects

All projects listed below were available for an October 2013 start. Although we are not currently accepting applications this list is made available as an example of the work being carried out by the iMR CDT partners.

Supervisor(s)

Institution

Project Title

Availability

Dr Walter Kockenberger University of Nottingham

Liquid State NMR Experiments using a Dedicated DNP NMR Spectrometer based on a Unique Dual Centre Magnet

Unavailable

Prof Malcolm Levitt and
Dr Ilya Kuprov

University of Southampton

Magnetization storage agents for hyperpolarized MRI

Unavailable
Dr Ilya Kuprov University of Southampton

Quantum dynamics simulation algorithms for magnetic systems

Unvailable
Dr Ilya Kuprov University of Southampton

Long-lived quantum states in magnetic systems

Unavailable
Dr Ilya Kuprov University of Southampton

Optimal control of quantum systems

Unavailable
Prof Mark Newton University of Warwick Nanoscale Magnetic Resonance Imaging using Single Spins in Diamond Awarded
Dr Marina Carravetta University of Southampton

Cryogenic static and magic-angle spinning NMR on superconductors

Unavailable
Dr Marina Carravetta University of Southampton

Cryogenic molecular dynamics and magic-angle magic-angle spinning NMR

Unavailable
Dr Gavin Morley University of Warwick Dynamic Nuclear Polarization using Electron-Nuclear Double Resonance Unavailable
Dr Gavin Morley University of Warwick

Phonon Engineering Qubit Expeeriments for many - body entanglement on demand

Unavailable
Prof Steven P. Brown and
Dr Giuseppe Pileio
University of Warwick/ University of Southampton

Developing Solid-State NMR Methods Utilising Residual Dipolar Couplings to Determine Distances in Multi-Spin Systems


Unavailable

Dr David Keeble

University Of Dundee Pulsed electrically detected magnetic resonance hyperfine spectroscopy methods development
Unavailable
Prof David Lurie and Dr Lionel Broche University of Aberdeen

Modelling and measuring molecular dynamics to enhance Fast Field-Cycling MRI

Unavailable
Dr Jiabao He and
Dr Trevor Ahearn
University of Aberdeen

Developing arterial spin labelling MRI for non-invasive measurement of blood flow in human heart

Unavailable
Prof Malcolm Levitt University of Southampton

Cryogenic NMR spectroscopy of molecular quantum rotors

Unavailable
Dr Graham Smith University of St Andrews

Composite Pulse and Optimal Pulse Control Strategies in EMR and DNP

Awarded
Dr Graham Smith University of St Andrews

Electron and Nuclear Interactions in High Magnetic Fields

Unavailable

Prof Steven P. Brown
and
Dr Sharon E. Ashbrook

University of Warwick and University of St Andrews Developing Solid-State NMR Correlation Experiments for Half-Integer Quadrupolar Nuclei

Unavailable
Dr Graham Smith University of St Andrews

Instrumentation and Cavities for High Field High Power Pulsed EPR and DNP

Unvailable
Dr Bela Bode University of St Andrews

Novel Polarising agents for photo-chemically induced nuclear polarization

Unavailable

Prof. David Lurie,
Dr. Lionel Broche &
Prof Malcolm Levitt

University of Aberdeen Quadrupolar relaxation-based methods in FFC MRI Unavailable
Dr. Marcel Utz University of Southampton NMR Metabolomics of Cells Unavailable
Dr Józef Lewandowski University of Warwick Developing Solid-State NMR Methods for Probing Structure and Dynamics of Proteins Unavailable
Dr Gavin Morley University of Warwick Quantum Information Processing with Single Electron Spins in Levitated Diamonds Awarded
Dr David Keeble University Of Dundee High pressure electron magnetic resonance Unavailable
Prof Malcolm Levitt
Dr. Marcel Utz
University of Southampton Hyperpolarized long-lived nuclear spin states Unavailable
Prof Steven P. Brown University of Warwick

Developing Solid-State NMR Methodology for the Investigation of Structural Aspects of Pharmaceutical Solids and Formulated Drug Products

Unavailable
Prof Mark Newton
University of Warwick

Controlling Spins by Squeezing Crystals

Awarded
Sharon Ashbrook University of St Andrews

Utilising First-Principles Calculations to Inform the Development and Application of Solid-State NMR Methodology

Unavailable