We had the pleasure of hosting a number of visiting academics from other universities at the School of Chemistry, including Professor Andy Weller (Oxford) and Dr Mike Inkpen (Columbia/Rennes). As usual we had a mini symposium, which provided an afternoon of exciting science. Djen spoke as well, and gave a great talk on some of his recent results on dielectric actuators!
Rita Fan, who works in the University of Bristol’s China office (In Beijing), visited the School of Chemistry this week.
Our friend and colleague, Dr Patrice Rannou, based in Grenoble, France, has a PhD position available for an exciting new project in the area of polymer synthesis for photovoltaics and energy storage – “Functional Block CoPolymers (FunBCPs): Encoding Performances in Smart Active Layers for next generation Battery and Solar Cells“
This project, within the in the Laboratory for Innovation in new Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials (CEA-LITEN) in Grenoble, France, is a collaborative effort with colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in polymer or synthetic organic chemistry. Please see the details of the project here or here, or contact Dr Rannou directly for further information.
A large group of researchers have just joined the group! Welcome to Nan (BCFN MSc, co-supervised by Natalie Fey), Xiaoyu (BCFN MSc, co-supervised by Annela Seddon), Christian (BCFN PhD, co-supervised by Jonathan Rossiter), Esther (BCFN PhD, co-supervised by Annela Seddon), Betty (BCFN PhD, co-supervised by Ian Manners), and Özlem (post-doc!).
Another important funding scheme specifically for international post-doctoral fellowships has also just been published for 2017.
- Newton International Fellowships
The scheme provides the opportunity for the best early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world to work at UK research institutions for a period of two years. The scheme covers the broad range of the natural and social sciences and the humanities. It also covers clinical and patient orientated research for applicants from Newton Fund partner countries. Open to candidates from any nationality. University of Bristol Internal Deadline: 10 March 2017.
Please contact Professor Faul if you are interested to apply for a Newton International Fellowship. Please ensure that you provide two letters of reference.
A number of new funding initiatives have been announced over the last few days. Please have a look at these opportunities if you are interested to join the Faul Research Group as post-doc or short-term visitor:
- The Royal Society – Royal Society of Chemistry International Exchanges Award: Thanks to the support of the Royal Society of Chemistry additional grants are available through the Royal Society – Royal Society of Chemistry International Exchanges Award for collaborations between researchers in the UK and those in Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) working on projects in the field of Chemistry. University of Bristol Internal Deadline: 27 February 2017
- Newton Mobility Grants (with the Royal Society and the British Academy): This scheme aims to help strengthen the research and innovation capacity of researchers from partner countries by assisting them in visiting or sending staff and students to the UK and developing networks, research projects and partnerships with their UK hosts/counterparts and the wider UK research and innovation community. University of Bristol Internal Deadline: 6 March 2017
Please contact Professor Faul if you are interested to apply for any of these. Please ensure that you provide two letters of reference.
Charl had the pleasure of visiting Malaysia for some recruitment activities (in and around Kuala Lumpur) recently.
It was a busy time, with visits to the Ministry of Education, a local matriculation college (just outside KL), as well as a British Council Recruitment fair. More photos from the school visit to appear shortly!