Postgraduate Research

Research Studentships

Supporting Our Researchers

Postgraduate students are an integral part of our research community. They work alongside talented academics and researchers from around the world, contributing to our growing reputation for internationally excellent research.

To help you fund your studies and achieve your career goals, we offer a range of scholarships and funded project-specific studentships across various disciplines, giving you the chance to get involved in some of the exciting research projects taking place at 91快活林. We are also offering exciting opportunities through our doctoral training partnerships and centres, which bring together academic expertise and cutting-edge resources to help deliver innovative and transformative research.

Current Research Studentships


PhD Studentship

Unveiling the natural sulphur potential of biological nitrogen fixation in faba bean

Supervisory Team:

This PhD aims to understand the potential nature of sulphur on biological nitrogen fixation in faba beans. Sulphur is an essential mineral nutrient for plant growth and development; important for primary and specialized plant metabolites that are crucial for biotic and abiotic interactions. Sulphur also plays a crucial role in biological nitrogen fixation, a natural process belonging to legumes that symbiosis with bacteria through root nodules to fix atmospheric nitrogen. Root nodules have a high demand for sulphur. In nodulated legumes, biological nitrogen fixation is more sensitive to sulphur deficiency than nitrate uptake. However, the natural sources of gypsum-mine-derived sulphur-containing by-product’s effect on plant growth, development and biological nitrogen fixation is largely unexplored. This 3.5-year project will unveil the functional relationship between sulphur nutrition and biological nitrogen fixation in faba beans using 15N stable isotopes.

Training and Development

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal, and professional skills. All researchers at 91快活林 are part of the Doctoral College and College of Health and Science wider postgraduate community, which provides support with high quality training and career development opportunities.


This PhD studentship is fully funded and covers University fees for 3.5 years.

Entry requirements for applicants to PhD

A Master’s (honours) degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum mark of 60% in the project element (or equivalent), and the potential to engage in innovative research, and to complete the PhD within 3.5 years.

How to Apply

To find out more about the project, please contact Dr Ravi Valluru (rvalluru@lincoln.ac.uk).

Applications will require a two-page CV and a 2000-word supporting statement, showing how the applicant's expertise and interests are relevant to the project. 


PhD Studentship

Investigation of structural reconstruction of metal-organic thin films under electrocatalytic conditions: catalyst or pre-catalyst?

Supervisory Team: , 91快活林 

Applications are invited for outstanding candidates to join our 3-year PhD programme at the 91快活林's School of Chemistry. Applicants are invited from motivated and enthusiastic candidates with undergraduate/Master's degree level studies in chemistry, ideally inorganic, material, organic or physical, who are interested in interdisciplinary and collaborative science. 

The PhD programme will have a focus on studying metal-organic framework (MOF)-based electrodes for energy related applications.

Candidates are expected to start their position on 1 April 2024, or as soon as possible after the intended date.

Project Background

The development of electrochemical technologies is attracting considerable interest due to their growing part in renewable energy conversion and the storage and decarbonisation of the energy sector.

Application of metal-organic frameworks in electrochemical systems is an emerging area because of the unique capabilities of these materials, including modularity, molecularly defined structure, and large number of accessible active sites. The concepts of MOFs in electrocatalysis are still underdeveloped, with open questions about their electrochemical stability and structural reconstruction under operation conditions.


To augment the fundamental understanding of how MOFs operate as electrocatalysts through a combination of ex-situ and in-situ techniques, with the findings guiding the design of the next generation of MOF electrocatalysts. 

The project will focus on:

  • Designing, synthesising, and characterisation of new linkers and metal-organic frameworks
  • Developing and optimising methods for integrating metal-organic frameworks into mesoporous electrodes and investigate their electrocatalytic properties
  • Developing in-situ spectroscopic tools to probe the electrode materials at molecular level. 

Person Specification and Requirements

Applicants will have an Honours or Master's degree in chemistry or relevant areas of research, with a background and interest in coordination chemistry, electrochemistry, and materials science. They will have excellent communication skills, the ability to conduct self-motivated and independent research, and preference will be given to students with hands-on research experience. 

About the School of Chemistry at 91快活林

The School of Chemistry is located in the Joseph Banks Laboratories, and is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for material synthesis, characterisation, and catalyst testing. The School has heavily invested in infrastructure to support our Advanced Functional Materials research group and, in recent years, in the existing electrochemical infrastructure for both laboratory-based and in-situ characterisation. The School also has direct access to the newly opened ERDF co-funded research facility for advanced engineering materials, 'The Bridge', that houses state-of-the-art microscopes (SEM, TEM, AFM).


A tax-free stipend of ca. £18,622 p.a. for 3 years is provided, alongside the payment of all University fees for home students. Non-home students would be required to secure funding for the additional international fees, and should clarify this in their cover letter. 

How to Apply

Applications including a covering letter and CV should be directly sent to chemistry@lincoln.ac.uk with the subject title “Studentship 1AB-2CA-800028”.

For any informal enquiries, please contact Dr Souvik Roy at sroy@lincoln.ac.uk.

Geography and History

PhD Studentship

Climate coloniality: Histories, knowledges, and materialities of climate adaptation in southern and eastern Africa

Applications are welcome for a 42-month funded PhD studentship held at the Department of Geography, 91快活林.

Supervisor: (91快活林)

Closing Date: 5 August 2024

Interviews: 14 August 2024

Start Date: by November 2024

The 91快活林 is offering a fully funded (home students) 3.5 year PhD studentship under the supervision of Dr Matthew Hannaford, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography.

Project background

Climate change and related extremes represent one of the most significant challenges of the twenty-first century. Yet lived experiences of climate change vary, with negative impacts disproportionately felt by marginalised populations who have historically contributed the least per capita emissions. This PhD will advance understanding of an under-researched topic within this urgent context: the role of colonial power and knowledge in shaping climate adaptation and vulnerability, past and present. Current analyses and practices of adaptation rarely engage with deep histories of colonialism and repeated disaster, but there is now mounting concern that today's adaptation strategies are resurrecting ideas and initiatives propagated through colonialism, for example by undermining local adaptation strategies. At worst, this risks reproducing rather than reducing the vulnerability of populations that are already on the frontline of the climate crisis.

The PhD provides a unique opportunity to develop innovative and impactful research on selected aspects of this area, focusing on southern and eastern Africa. The project will be shaped according to the successful candidate’s interests and expertise, but potential research questions could include:

  • How did climate coloniality emerge in different settings via the (re)construction of climate knowledges and imposition of material practices amidst colonial intensification?
  • What was the multidirectional nature of interaction between climate knowledges, adaptation strategies, and recurring climatic extremes?
  • How did Africans resist or influence climate thinking amongst Westerners despite colonial relations of power?
  • How can these climate histories be integrated into foresight planning and scenarios to drive equitable climate change adaptation?

The research will benefit from extensive interaction with a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, which aims to develop usable pasts of climate extremes, colonial marginalisation and local agency in southern Africa, where the imperative of climate change adaptation has been underscored by recent cyclone and drought disasters. Through co-production with project partners and local stakeholders, this project aims to bring deeper understanding of climate coloniality into new interaction with foresight and scenario planning to drive equitable and sustainable adaptation.

Overall, completion of the project will equip the candidate with invaluable interdisciplinary expertise necessary for cross-cutting research and practice to tackle complex global challenges.

Person Specification and Entry Requirements

Applicants will have a bachelor’s degree in Geography, History, or related discipline with a minimum classification of 2:1. They will have excellent communication skills, experience of conducting qualitative research, and the potential to engage in interdisciplinary and innovative research.

How to Apply

Please email a CV, a cover letter outlining why you are interested in the position and your relevant experience, your research proposal (up to two pages), and contact details of two referees to Dr Matthew Hannaford, mhannaford@lincoln.ac.uk, with the subject title “Studentship 1AB-2CK-900677”. Informal enquiries are welcome.


A stipend of £19,236 per annum will be paid in monthly instalments for a duration of 3.5 years. The studentship covers tuition fees for home students. Non-home students would be required to secure funding for the additional international fees, and should clarify this in their cover letter.

The studentship comes with a research training support grant of £1,000 per year to cover costs such as travel, fieldwork, overseas research visits and conference attendance.

Health and Science

PhD Studentship

Microplastic Contamination as a Threat to Human Health

Supervisory Team: 

This PhD aims to firstly examine the presence, distribution, levels, types, and targeted impacts of microplastics within the human body. A second aim is to relate the findings to a mathematical modelling approach to predict the distribution of microplastics within the body.

It is already established that microplastics are present in many tissues within the body and our earlier work has produced datasets for human lung, blood, and urine. Previous studies have focused on specific tissue types, have used a variety of isolation and characterisation techniques, and this has resulted in a patchwork of datasets. This study will take a holistic approach and use three commonly adopted microplastic characterisation techniques available at the 91快活林; micro-FTIR, Raman and SEM, to calibrate the findings. The techniques will allow polymer, size and shape characterisation which can inform the subsequent stage of biological effects investigation.

The second element involves mathematical modelling to explore the possibility of predicting microplastic particle fate within the body based on their properties and the size dimensions of the various transport systems within the body.

Training and Development

The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at 91快活林 are part of the Doctoral College and College of Health and Science wider postgraduate community, which provides support with high quality training and career development opportunities.


A tax-free stipend of ca. £18,622 p.a. (in monthly instalments). The fees are £4,712.

Entry requirements for applicants to PhD

A bachelor’s (honours) degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum classification of 2:1 and a minimum mark of 60% in the project element (or equivalent), and the potential to engage in innovative research, and to complete the PhD within 3.5 years.

How to Apply

To find out more about the project, please contact Professor Jeanette Rotchell, jrotchell@lincoln.ac.uk

Applications will require a two page CV and a 2000-word supporting statement, showing how the applicant's expertise and interests are relevant to the project. 

Mathematics and Physics

PhD Studentship

Implementation of GPU-accelerated simulations for real time propagated excited states and applications to organometallic photochemistry

Supervisors: Professor Matt Watkins, School of Mathematics and Physics, 91快活林 and Dr Joshua Elliott & Dr Sofia Diaz-Moreno, Department of Physical Science, Diamond Light Source Ltd.

4-year Fully Funded PhD Studentship developing real-time time-dependent density functional theory simulations of photoactive organometallic compounds.

 is the UK’s national synchrotron science facility. By accelerating electrons to near light-speed, Diamond generates brilliant beams of light from infra-red to X-rays which are used for academic and industry research and development across a range of scientific disciplines including structural biology, physics, chemistry, materials science, engineering, earth and environmental sciences.


Applications are welcome for a four-year funded PhD studentship jointly held at the School of Mathematics and Physics, 91快活林 and the Spectroscopy Group at Diamond Light Source starting October 2023. The Studentship will focus on developing GPU parallelised routines for Real-Time Propagated Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory with the Open Source CP2K software and their application to Pump and Probe spectroscopy data collected at the I18 Microfocus beamline.


Understanding, on an atomic scale, how light-activated processes drive chemical reaction mechanisms, local geometric rearrangements and charge transfer reactions will be pivotal in engineering next-generation devices and overcoming our overreliance on carbon-positive technology. X-ray pump and probe spectroscopy is a critical tool for probing light-induced reaction mechanisms and photo-excited states. However, this type of experiment typically provides data of seldom observed chemical states and therefore, further analysis and characterisation can be highly challenging.

First-principles simulations can be focal in interpreting experimental spectroscopic data collected at Diamond Light Source. Real-Time Propagation Time-Dependent DFT has emerged as a powerful and viable means to investigate the time evolution of excited states subject to a time-dependent electromagnetic field.

Project Description

The studentship targets the acceleration of the RTP-TDDFT routines within the CP2K code through GPU parallelisation. RTP-TDDFT will be deployed to provide insight into the fundamental dynamical excited state properties of organo-transition metal complexes of particular interest to the facilities’ user communities. In addition, it will implement an automated framework for RTP-TDDFT simulations of more generalised materials across different High-Performance Computing facilities available to Diamond Light Source scientists and users.

Further Information

Diamond Light Source Ltd holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award, demonstrating their commitment to provide equal opportunities and to advance the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.

How to Apply

We seek a highly motivated student interested in research software development and materials science to join our team. Interested applicants are asked to provide an up-to-date CV and a one to two page cover letter outlining their scientific background, expertise and research interests and the names ad contact details of two references to Joshua.elliott@diamond.ac.uk and MWatkins@lincoln.ac.uk. Informal enquiries are also encouraged.

The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

91快活林 Joins Social Sciences Partnership

The 91快活林 has joined the South and East Network for Social Sciences (SENSS) Doctoral Training Partnership with a number of other leading UK universities to help train the next generation of social scientists via a range of fully funded research studentships.

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Research Spotlight

New Centre for Doctoral Training

In collaboration with leading partner institutions, the 91快活林 has secured 拢10.6m in funding to establish a transformative Centre for Doctoral Training to support innovative research in the application of Artificial Intelligence to sustainable agri-food. A range of fully funded studentships is now available.

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