PhD Studentship: Biosensors Based on Organic Field Effect Transistors

University of Manchester and
Cambridge Display Technology

Applications are invited for a 3.5 year PhD studentship in the Schools of Chemistry and Medicine at the University of Manchester. This studentship offers an exciting opportunity to work at the interface between organic electronics and clinical medicine in collaboration with Cambridge Display Technology Ltd. (, the leading developer of technologies based on polymeric light emitting diodes. It is jointly supervised by Professor M.L. Turner and Dr M. Webb at the University of Manchester and will examine the use of Organic Field Effect Transistors (OFETs) as effective signal transducers for the detection of biomarkers of disease. It will involve the design, fabrication and testing of OFET devices that demonstrate sensitive and selective detection of biomarkers of disease.

Candidates should have a first or upper-second class honours degree in Chemistry, Chemical Physics, Physics or Electronic Engineering and an enthusiastic approach to interdisciplinary research. An understanding of the principles of operation of organic electronic devices is essential, knowledge of biosensing would be advantageous.

The position is available to UK and EU nationals only and is available for a 2015 start.

For more information and informal inquiries please contact Professor M.L. Turner:

Please submit a cover letter and CV with your application. The cover letter must contain a short paragraph covering your research interests and your motivation for the project.

Deadline for application: 1/12/14

Prize Award

Ian Ingram recently won a prize for his poster “Materials and processes towards fabrication of In-Plane-Gate Field-Effect transistors (IPG-FETs) and planar diodes from polymer semiconductors” at the RSC Macro Group Young Reseachers Meeting in Liverpool (11-12th July). Around 90 posters were displayed at the event and three prizes awarded.