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Research topics and projects

The Physics Department at Warwick offers postgraduate degree programmes leading to either a PhD or a MSc by Research. The intake of students is typically around 35 per year and we have a thriving postgraduate research community within the department. Current students from one of the research groups give their views on life in the Physics Department here.

The UK's research councils, principally the EPSRC and the STFC, are major funders of PhD studentships in the Department, along with the University and a wide range of other funding bodies. For more details about funding and scholarships, please see this page.

The Department actively contributes to Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) funded by the EPSRC and industrial partners, including the Modelling of Heterogeneous Systems (HetSys) CDT, Diamond Science and Technology and the Analytical Sciences doctoral training centres.

The research undertaken in the department covers the 6 broad areas below, which are described in more detail on the Research Group web pages. You are welcome to contact any potential supervisor directly to discuss PhD projects.

This is a full list of the PhD research projects that supervisors have identified for potential students. Self-funded students and students with external scholarships are welcome to apply for any research project: our funding page has full details on funding options for UK and international students. There are a limited number of PhD scholarships for outstanding UK students to work on any project identified on the full project list. International students can apply for support via the Chancellor's International Scholarships and other schemes.


 
Condensed Matter Physics
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Theoretical and Computational Physics
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Medical and Biophysics
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Astronomy and Astrophysics 
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Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics
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Elementary Particle Physics
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Searching for New Physics in the loops of hadronic beauty decays using data from the LHCb Experiment

Supervisors: Matt Kenzie

More details on the project

Funding: The project is fully funded for 42 months

Start date: A start date of October-December 2022 is expected but the position will remain open until filled.

Wed 07 Sep 2022, 11:57 | Tags: Particle physics (funded)

Data-driven modelling of irradiation induced defects in fusion materials

Supervisors: Thomas Hudson; James Kermode

More details on the project

Funding: The project is fully funded for 48 months

Start date: October 2022

Are you interesting in applying for this project? Head over to our Study with Us page for information on the application process, funding, and the HetSys training programme
Wed 18 May 2022, 11:09 | Tags: HetSys

Complete thermodynamic description of alloys to extreme pressure and temperature

Supervisor: Albert Bartok-Partay

More details on the project

Application deadline: Ongoing

Funding: The project is fully funded for 48 months

Start date: October 2022

Tue 29 Mar 2022, 15:51 | Tags: Theoretical and computational (funded)

Developing next generation fast-timing photon-detectors

Supervisor(s): Dr. Tom Blake (University of Warwick), Dr. Michal Kreps (University of Warwick) and Dr. James Milnes (Photek Ltd).

More details on the project

Application deadline: Ongoing

Funding: The project is fully funded for 42 months

Start date: October 2022

Fri 25 Mar 2022, 15:19 | Tags: Particle physics (funded)

Maximizing radiation attenuation in compact fusion reactors using cWC-RSB candidate materials

Supervisor: Jessica Marshall

More details on the project

Application deadline: Ongoing

Funding: The project is fully funded for 42 months

Start date: October 2022

Fri 04 Mar 2022, 14:26 | Tags: Condensed matter (funded)

Quantum physics and technologies of germanium low-dimensional structures

Supervisor: Maksym Myronov

More details on the project

Application deadline: Ongoing

Funding: The project is fully funded for 42 months- open to UK applicants

Start date: October 2022

Fri 18 Feb 2022, 10:43 | Tags: Condensed matter

Unravelling the Giant Piezoelectric Effect in ferroics under in situ external stimuli using Diffuse Multiple Scattering

Supervisors: Prof Thomas Hase at Warwick University and Dr Gareth Nisbet at Diamond Light Source

This project is a collaboration between Warwick university and Diamond Light Source.

More details for the project

Application deadline: Ongoing

Funding: The project is fully funded for 42 months at UKRI rates.

Start date: October 2022

Mon 24 Jan 2022, 19:35 | Tags: Condensed matter (funded)

MHD Seismology of the Solar Corona

Supervisor: Professor Valery M. Nakariakov
Group: Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics
Full project description: here
Funding: Expected to be Fully funded UK PhD studentship (42 months)
Application deadline: Ongoing, apply by 31st Dec if international student to maximise chances for scholarships
Start date: October 2022.
Wed 12 Jan 2022, 08:24 | Tags: CFSA CFSA (funded) position filled

Ferroelectricity in 2D materials and their polarisation switching behaviour

Supervisor: Alex Robertson

More details on the project

Application deadline: Ongoing, apply by 31st Dec if international student to maximise chances for scholarships.

Start date: October 2022

Thu 09 Dec 2021, 10:31 | Tags: Condensed matter

Emergent Piezoelectric Effect at Symmetry Engineered Heterostructures

Supervisor: Mingmin Yang

More details on the project

Application deadline: Ongoing, apply by 31st Dec if international student to maximise chances for scholarships.

Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months)

Start date: October 2022

Fri 12 Nov 2021, 12:41 | Tags: Condensed matter Condensed matter (funded)

Terahertz robotics for medical diagnosis

Supervisor: Emma MacPherson

More details on the project

Application deadline: Ongoing, apply by 31st Dec if international student to maximise chances for scholarships.

Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months)

Start date: October 2022


Quantum light spectroscopy of complex quantum systems

Supervisor: Animesh Datta

More details on the project

Application deadline: Ongoing, apply by 31st Dec if international student to maximise chances for scholarships.

Start date: October 2022.

Wed 10 Nov 2021, 14:59 | Tags: Theoretical and computational

New classes of quantum material studied using ultra-high magnetic fields

Supervisor: Paul Goddard

More details on the project

Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months)

Application deadline: Ongoing, apply by 31st Dec if international student to maximise chances for scholarships.

Start date: October 2022.

Wed 10 Nov 2021, 14:57 | Tags: Condensed matter (funded)

Understanding 2D material memristors by atomic resolution imaging

Supervisor: Alex Robertson

More details available here

Application deadline: Ongoing, apply by 31st Dec if international student to maximise chances for scholarships.

Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months)

Start date: October 2022

Wed 10 Nov 2021, 14:52 | Tags: Condensed matter Condensed matter (funded)

Ultrasonic guided wave generation by magnetostrictive transducers

Supervisor: Steven Dixon

More details on the project

Application deadline: Ongoing, apply by 31st Dec if international student to maximise chances for scholarships.

Start date: October 2022.

Wed 10 Nov 2021, 14:50 | Tags: Condensed matter

High-Resolution Probing Ferroic-ordering by Cryogenic Electron Ptychography

Supervisor: Peng Wang

More details on the project

Application deadline: Ongoing, apply by 31st Dec if international student to maximise chances for scholarships.

Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months)

Start date: October 2022


Visualization of atomic electric fields

Supervisor: Ana Sanchez-Fuentes

More details on the project

Application deadline: Ongoing, apply by 31st Dec if international student to maximise chances for scholarships.

Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months)

Start date: October 2022


Machine learning localized and many-body localized quantum Hamiltonians

Supervisor: Rudo Roemer

More details for the project

Application deadline: Ongoing, apply by 31st Dec if international student to maximise chances for scholarships.

Start date: October 2022.

Wed 10 Nov 2021, 14:41 | Tags: Theoretical and computational

Topological and skyrmion magnetic materials

Supervisor: Geetha Balakrishnan

More details for the project

Application deadline: Ongoing, apply by 31st Dec if international student to maximise chances for scholarships.

Start date: October 2022.

Wed 10 Nov 2021, 14:38 | Tags: Condensed matter

Ferroelectric field effect transistors for next generation non-volatile memories and cognitive computing

Supervisor: Marin Alexe

More details for the project

Application deadline: Ongoing, apply by 31st Dec if international student to maximise chances for scholarships.

Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months)

Start date: October 2022

Wed 10 Nov 2021, 14:29 | Tags: Condensed matter Condensed matter (funded)

Fast data processing for 4D-STEM

Supervisor: Richard Beanland

More details for the project

Application deadline: Ongoing, apply by 31st Dec if international student to maximise chances for scholarships.

Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months)

Start date: October 2022

Wed 10 Nov 2021, 14:24 | Tags: Condensed matter Condensed matter (funded)

Quantifying space weather turbulence and extremes and risk at earth

Supervisors: Dr. Sandra Chapman
Group: Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics
The project is part of an ongoing collaboration with lead experimenter sites NASA-JPL and JHU/APL, requiring visits to the USA. Full project description: here
Funding: Fully funded UK PhD studentship (42 months)
Application deadline: Ongoing, apply by 31st Dec if international student to maximise chances for scholarships.
Start date: October 2022.
Mon 25 Oct 2021, 14:05 | Tags: CFSA CFSA (funded) position filled

Network science quantification of space weather at earth

Supervisors: Dr. Sandra Chapman
Group: Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics
The project is part of an ongoing collaboration with lead experimenter sites NASA-JPL and JHU/APL, requiring visits to the USA. Full project description: here
Funding: Fully funded UK PhD studentship (42 months)
Application deadline: Ongoing, apply by 31st Dec if international student to maximise chances for scholarships.
Start date: October 2022.
Mon 25 Oct 2021, 13:54 | Tags: CFSA CFSA (funded) position filled

FIND-CDT

Mon 22 Jun 2020, 17:09 | Tags: Condensed matter (funded)

Centre for Doctoral Training in Diamond Science and Technology

Diamond is a material of such diverse application, who knows what it is capable of achieving?

Who knows? You know.

The DST CDT is a gateway to the best in the UK's diamond research. You could deepen your understanding of diamond's properties, and apply your knowledge of physics, engineering, chemistry, life sciences or materials. You could uncover new ways to utilise this material's unique structure. You could be at the international forefront of efforts to transform society through aerospace, or telecommunications, or electronics, or manufacturing…

Fully funded PhD projects based at the University of Warwick, in Diamond Science and Technology for 2022 entry.

New projects available - see https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/dst/phd_projects/

If you would like further information, or if you would like to discuss potential PhD projects, please provide contact details and forward your CV to dst.admin@warwick.ac.uk.

Tue 07 Jan 2020, 13:00 | Tags: PhD Condensed matter (funded)

Warwick Centre for Doctoral Training in Analytical Sciences

logo1.giflogo2.gifThe Warwick Centre for Doctoral Training in Analytical Sciences is recruiting the next generation of analytical scientists. With the world-leading facilities and expertise in Analytical Science at Warwick and partner external facilities (e.g., Diamond, ILL, ISIS) at their disposal, our students will graduate with a unique combination of skills in exploiting synergies between different experimental methods, e.g., diffraction, electrochemistry, mass spectrometry, microscopy and NMR, and in harnessing the power of combining data collection with experimental design, statistical analysis and simulation. Research and training will be delivered from across physical sciences, engineering and manufacturing, statistics, life and medical sciences in close partnership with industry, with research areas including pharmaceuticals, agro-chemicals and additives, soft matter, biological systems, energy and functional materials.

Register your interest now


Centre for Doctoral Training in Modelling of Heterogeneous Systems

logo3.gifHetSys is an EPSRC-supported Centre for Doctoral Training. It recruits enthusiastic students from across the physical sciences who enjoy using their mathematical skills and thinking flexibly to solve complex problems. By developing these skills HetSys trains people to challenge current state-of-the-art in computational modelling of heterogeneous, ‘real world’ systems across a range of research themes such as nanoscale devices, new catalysts, superalloys, smart fluids, laser-plasma interactions etc.

For more details please see the HetSys website. Please contact us at hetsys@warwick.ac.uk if you'd like to find out more.


Elementary Particle Physics

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The EPP group has funded studentships available for 2022 entry on the following projects. A short overview of the project areas can be found on the group website. Enquires can be made to Dr. Tom Blake (T.Blake.1@warwick.ac.uk).

Funding:

PhD studentships (typically 42 months) are available. Typically support is available for UK and EU students, while others are likely to need their own source of funding. Enquiries, including queries on possible sources of funding, from all potential candidates are welcome.

Tue 27 Nov 2018, 17:00 | Tags: Particle physics (funded) PhD Particle physics