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PhD in Chemistry: Study and analysis of international intellectual property rights and business strategies for the economically and environmentally sustainable introduction of novel materials and smart labels into high volume in packaging

Key facts

Application deadline 31 October 2019
Start date 1 January 2020
Duration 3 years
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships 1

This PhD studentship is a study and analysis of international intellectual property rights and business strategies for the economically and environmentally sustainable introduction of novel materials and smart labels into high volume in packaging.

The idea is to study the intellectual property landscape for smart labels and different chromogenic systems to understand this emerging market space and to identify strategies, which could work for new entrants to the field.

Background

This studentship is part of the Innovative Training Network of the European Commission CHARISMA (Chemical Irreversibility to Prototype Responsive Smart Labels). The positions will all last three years and will allow all students to participate in an exciting programme comprising international schools, workshops, and secondments at academic as well as industrial partners.

CHARISMA is a ITN European Industrial Doctorate (ITN-EID) funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, promotes the concept of applied chemical irreversibility to engineer displays for smart labels applications. The EIDs provide training through doctoral research to talented early stage researchers (ESRs). Through 9 ESR research projects, CHARISMA will establish an intersectoral training and research programme at the chemistry/physics/engineering interface with partners from 5 European countries.

CHARISMA ESRs will enrol on PhD degree programmes and be employed for 36 months in a beneficiary organisation. The consortium brings together a unique team of world-leading academic groups and industry, at the forefront of plastic electronics.

Through this team of experts, the ESRs will receive an intensive training in the field of organic chemistry and materials engineering, flexible smart materials/devices, photophysics and electrochemistry, solar-powered technologies and device engineering, with the final goal to shape prime industrial researchers that has been exposed to the development of an irreversible smart label technology.

This post is based in YNVISIBLE, Freiberg, Germany. For more information contact Dr C Pinheiro.

Contact

Professor Davide Bonifazi

Professor Davide Bonifazi

Professor of Organic Supramolecular Chemistry

Email:
bonifazid@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5346

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Full overseas fees (covering all tuition fees) are also eligible for tuition fee support.
Maintenance stipend The successful candidates will receive a 36 month, full-time employment contract as per Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) regulations for early stage researchers. The monthly salary will be confirmed upon offer by each institutions, paid in the currency of the host country, and with a correction factor applied to the host country. Researchers may also qualify for a family allowance of €500/month depending on family situation at the time of recruitment. Please visit the EU MSCA website or contact the local institutions (see contacts) for further information.

Eligibility criteria

Residency UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
Academic criteria

A Master's degree in a field such as materials science, chemistry, engineering or business are suitable backgrounds for this position.

There are strict eligibility requirements within Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks. At the time of appointment, applicants:

  • MUST at the date of recruitment, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree. ‘Date of Recruitment’means the first day of the employment of the researcher (i.e. contract starting date). ‘Full-Time Equivalent Research Experience’ is measured from the date when the researcher obtained the degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctoral degree programme.
  • MUST NOT have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date. Compulsory national service, short stays such as holidays, and time spent as part of a procedure for obtaining refugee status under the Geneva Convention1 are not taken into account.
  • It is a requirement that network ESRs have an ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English to a level that is sufficiently high for them to derive full benefit from the network training.

Contact

Professor Davide Bonifazi

Professor Davide Bonifazi

Professor of Organic Supramolecular Chemistry

Email:
bonifazid@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5346

Consideration is automatic upon application for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry with a January 2020 start date.

Applicants should email a cover letter, a CV, a short summary of the research accomplishments, and names of two references to: charisma@cardiff.ac.uk. In the cover letter please indicate for which project you are applying and provide a brief motivation as to why you wish to become an ESR within CHARISMA. Failing to provide any of the above documents will make your application ineligible.

Please be aware that your application will be reviewed by the CHARISMA committee, and your CV will may be shared with the named beneficiaries within the consortium, as part of the application review process, to ensure an open, transparent and merit-based recruitment.

In the "Research proposal and Funding" section of your online application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided.

Please select “No, I am not self-funding my research” when asked whether you are self-funding your research.

Please add ‘PhD in Chemistry: Study and analysis of international intellectual property rights and business strategies for the economically and environmentally sustainable introduction of novel materials and smart labels into high volume in packaging’ when asked "Please provide the name of the funding you are applying for".

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Contact

Professor Davide Bonifazi

Professor Davide Bonifazi

Professor of Organic Supramolecular Chemistry

Email:
bonifazid@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5346
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