Applications for this CDT are now closed 

However, if you are an excellent undergraduate Scientist or Engineer, who have obtained, or expect to obtain, a first class honours degree, four PhD Studentships are available for cross-faculty collaborations in Sustainable Polymer Science and Engineering:

The University of Sheffield wishes to emphasise its commitment to commercially-relevant interdisciplinary research by funding four new PhD studentships in the field of Sustainable Polymer Science and Engineering.

Each PhD project will have an industrial partner and will involve at least two Polymer Centre academic supervisors from any two of the Faculties of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

For a summary of the 56 academic members of the Polymer Centre, please visit our website:

and then click on the ‘members directory’ link at the bottom of the page for further information.

The stipend for each of the four studentships will be approximately £18,000 per annum (tax-free).

Each project must start by October 1st, 2019. 

Applicant Requirements

  • A 1st in chemistry, physics, engineering, materials science or other relevant discipline.

  • UK Home tuition fee status.

  • Genuine enthusiasm for both fundamental and applied research.

  • An enquiring mind and excellent scientific understanding.

  • An interest in real-world problems.

Equality and diversity

As a student at The University of Sheffield, you will be studying within an organisation that takes great pride in its dedication to equality and feels strongly that all students and members of staff should be treated with respect. We believe that the diversity of our students and employees is something that should be celebrated.

Our University is committed to its equal opportunities recruitment policies. Our dedication to this cause has continued to be recognised over the years, as demonstrated by various awards. These include a top-100 Stonewall award for workplace equality and Athena Swan awards for good employment practice for women working in science, engineering and technology in higher education and research. The University is also a Two Ticks Disability employer, recognised by Jobcentre Plus for our commitment to employing, retaining, training and to the career development of disabled staff.

If you would like to be considered for an interview, please send a CV and one-page covering letter to the general enquiries email address below. 

Contact Information

General Enquiries

Dr Joe Gaunt
0114 222-9440

Prof Steve Armes FRS