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Fully-funded PhD studentship – Spectroscopy and Neutron Scattering of Endofullerenes


Location:  Highfield Campus
Closing Date:  Saturday 31 August 2019
Reference:  1003318EB

PhD Supervisor: Prof Malcolm Levitt

co supervisor: Prof Richard Whitby          

co supervisor: Dr Stéphane Rols (ILL-Grenoble)

It is now possible to imprison single molecules inside closed carbon cages so that they may be studied in near-isolation. These "nanolaboratory" materials are called endofullerenes. The trapped molecules are quantized and have a unique behaviour which may be studied by magnetic resonance, neutron scattering and other forms of spectroscopy. This PhD project concerns an interdisciplinary magnetic resonance and neutron scattering study of endofullerenes. The endofullerenes are provided by synthetic chemistry groups at the University of Southampton. The project is part of a broad program of research on non-equilibrium nuclear spin systems, with potential applications in many areas of science, ranging from fundamental physics, chemistry, materials science and biochemistry to clinical medicine.  See and

The PhD project will involve magnetic resonance in Southampton as well as neutron scattering experiments at the ILL and the analysis of that data using theoretical models of the quantized atoms or molecules. No synthetic chemistry is required. 

This PhD project is co-hosted at the University of Southampton and the Institut Laue-Langevin (Grenoble, France). At least 1 year will be spent in Southampton and 2.5 years at the ILL Grenoble. The project leads to a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Southampton. It is supervised by Prof Malcolm H Levitt FRS at the University of Southampton and Dr Stéphane Rols at the ILL. 

The successful candidate should have an excellent degree in physics or physical chemistry, a good mathematical background, and a special interest in interdisciplinary science. 

Applications should be submitted online at:

Click on the Research radio button, select 2019-20 in the academic year field and enter Chemistry in the search text field.  Click ‘search for programme’.  Select PhD Chemistry (Full Time).

Please place Prof Levitt in the field for proposed supervisor/project.

General enquiries should be made to Prof Malcolm Levitt at Any queries on the application process should be made to

Applications will be considered in the order that they are received, and the position will be considered filled when a suitable candidate has been identified.

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