CSC/UoB Joint Scholarship call announced!

The China Scholarship Council and the University of Bristol has announced the new round of their joint scholarship scheme – this year with 60 4-year fully funded PhD studentships available!

The scheme will formally open for applications on the 3rd of October, with a formal submission deadline of 18 January 2019, for a September 2019 start. This is a fantastic opportunity to apply to join the Faul Research Group – if you are interested to explore this scheme then you are encouraged to please contact Prof. Faul as soon as possible.

Please note that having both a good academic record (minimum of two publications) as well as the required English qualifications (see the page here for full details) is crucial for success in this highly competitive scheme.

中英联合研究创新基金博士生交流项目! Up to one year in Bristol!

If you are a PhD student in China, and interested to spend up to a year in my laboratories, then please explore the following opportunity – a call for PhD placement applications is currently open!

This joint call between the British Council and the CSC provides opportunities for PhD students, working in the area of “energy” to apply for support (airfare, living allowance and consumables) for visits between 3 and 12 months! Please look at the call documents here from the CSC, and, in addition, also from the British Council.

Please contact Prof Charl Faul by email with your CV as soon as possible, as the call is now open, and the deadline for submission is the 5th of September!


Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowships – funding for postdocs!

If you are from a commonwealth country and interested to join the Faul Research Group as postdoc, then you might be eligible to apply for a Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowship (UoB internal deadline 7th of December!). If you are interested to apply, please contact Prof. Faul with a one-page outline proposal as soon as possible. Eligibility criteria can be found here.

Commonwealth Rutherford Fellowships are for highly skilled researchers from other Commonwealth countries to spend one or two years at an eligible UK university or higher education institution conducting postdoctoral research. These fellowships are funded by the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) through the Rutherford Fund, with the aim of attracting global talent and supporting the UK’s research base. Up to 50 fellowships are available.

Mini symposium with Andy Weller, Mike Inkpen … and Djen!

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!

PhD position available with collaborators in France!

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.

New members!

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!).

Welcome to all!