The School of Physical Sciences in DCU will hold an open evening on Thursday, 28th September 2017, beginning at 6.30pm in room S206/209 on the second floor of the Stokes Building on the Glasnevin campus (http://www.dcu.ie/info/campus.shtml) where different research groups will describe their work and possibilities for the 2018 Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarships, whose is call now open with a closing date of 1st November.
All are welcome, and in particular we encourage 4th year students from all institutions with an interest in pursuing a research postgraduate qualification to attend. A description of the various research activities in the School may be found at: http://www.dcu.ie/physics/overview.shtml.
The School of Physical Sciences welcomes applications from postgraduates interested in:
- Atomic and Laser Plasma Research
- Mathematics and Science Education Research
- Materials Growth and Characterisation Research: Expressions of interest from self-funded applicants or those interested in Irish Research Council-funded postgraduate, postdoctoral, enterprise partnership, and employment-based schemes are welcome at any time and should be addressed to Professor Enda McGlynn or Professor Greg Hughes.
- Plasma Research
- Astrophysics Research
- Microsystems Research: The Microfluidic Platforms stream is seeking researchers to progress the next generation of integrated, automated, lab-on-a-chip technologies. A proven background in these technologies in life sciences is desirable. Expertise in (ideally centrifugal) microfluidics and other fields (ideally polymer) or e.g. micromachining, instrumentation and bacteria detection will be useful. The successful candidates will be productive researchers with excellent presentation, communication and publication skills, and a proven ability to work within an interdisciplinary team and as part of international academic-industry collaborations.
- Optical Sensors Research
- Plasma Diagnostics and Modelling Research
Applicants must submit the following:
- A research proposal (of approx. 5,000 words) (guidelines below).
- A complete curriculum vitae, including results for undergraduate and postgraduate awards (for each year of study) and for any research projects, dissertations or thesis completed.
- Name of the School of Physical Sciences faculty member supporting your application.
You should only apply if a member of faculty is supporting your application. If there are none who have undertaken, or are interested in, research related to your proposal, it is unlikely to be accepted. Therefore, you should ensure your intended topic matches the interests of one or more members of faculty. You can find out more by viewing the research interests of faculty members. Applications are normally considered between April and September. You may self-fund or get funded for your PhD.
Please direct all inquiries about joining the research programme, in the first instance, to:
Dr Lampros Nikolopoulos,
+353 1 700 5300
Writing a Research Proposal
When preparing your topic, read the guidelines on writing a PhD research proposal and ensure that you:
- Clearly outline your chosen research question.
- Display evidence of your familiarity with relevant literature relating to your research question, including knowledge of published research from appropriate research journals.
- Position your research question(s) in the relevant research literature.
- Indicate the contribution your research will make to this body of knowledge.
- Suggest a possible methodology that is suitable for your study.
Applicants who have the support of a proposed supervisor may be invited to interview. If successful, you will be required to apply formally to DCU via the Postgraduate Applications Centre. Please note that applications submitted to the PAC before faculty approval has been given, will not be considered.
- General: visit our Graduate Studies Office
- Applications: view our Graduate Studies Application Procedures
- International Students: our International Office has information about studying in Ireland, including making an application, tuition fees, and life in DCU and Dublin.
- DCU O’Hare scholarships are advertised annually; further details at the Graduate Studies Office.
- The Irish Research Council also has three postgraduate funding streams.
For vacancies with the Extatic group see the web site: http://www.dcu.ie/ncpst/extatic/extatic-programme.shtml