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Funded projects

This is a full list of the funded research projects available. Note that in the Experimental Particle Physics and Astronomy areas, the projects listed are examples, and the exact project choice can be discussed after you apply. In all other project areas, specific projects have priority for funded scholarships. Across all areas, studentships are normally only available for UK and in some cases EU students. Self-funded students and students with external scholarships are also welcome to apply: our funding page has full details on funding options.
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Fully funded PhD projects based at the University of Warwick, for 2020 entry.

 PhD Studentship in Liquid Crystal Sensors for Ultrasound Detection

University: University of Warwick Supervisor: Dr Rachel Edwards Start date: October 2020

PhD Studentship in Automated Implementation of EMAT Inspection

University: University of Warwick Supervisor: Dr Rachel Edwards Start date: October 2020

PhD Studentship in Ultrasonic Flow Measurement

University: University of Warwick. Supervisor: Prof. Steve Dixon. Start date: October 2020

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

Terahertz imaging for improved skin cancer treatment

Supervisor: Dr Emma MacPhersonlogo2.giflogo1.gif

Group: THz Photonics
Project details: here
Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months).
Start date: October 2020. Application deadline: ongoing

This project builds on and develops skills relating to optics, signal processing, programming and robotics with a view to developing a new technique (terahertz imaging) for diagnosis and monitoring of skin conditions. No previous experience in medicine or medical physics is required, just an interest to apply knowledge to this area is sufficient. The project will give the student hands on experience and there will be both experimental and theoretical aspects to the project, and a chance to collaborate with industrial partners.

This is a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary research within an established and international team.


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 2020 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)

Micro-rheology of active matter

Supervisors: Vasily Kantsler and Robin Balllogo3.gif

Group: Soft Matter and Biological Fluid Dynamics
Project details: here
Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months).
Start date: Jan 2020 - Oct 2020. Application deadline: ongoing

Fri 01 Nov 2019, 08:13 | Tags: Theoretical and computational (funded)

A 105Pd NMR and XRD/Neutron Diffraction Study of Exposed and Capped Pd Metal Nanoparticle Systems Used in Catalytically Driven Industrial and Environmental Processes

Supervisor: John Hannalogo2.gif
Group: NMR
Project details: here
Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months).
Start date: October 2020. Application deadline: ongoing

Thu 31 Oct 2019, 09:11 | 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.

How to apply: We invite applications from recent graduates with a strong first degree in any related discipline, including Chemistry, Engineering, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Pharmacy, Physics and Statistics. Studentships are available for UK citizens for September 2019 entry (full fees + consumables budget and minimum £14k stipend). EU students can apply for a limited number of stipends covering tuition fees. Applications are invited throughout the year.

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. There is an open day on 4th March if you'd like to find out more.

Current projects with particular relevance to applicants interested in theoretical physics in combination with computational modelling:

Twistronics devices

Evolving systems such as interacting fluid-structure flows

Modelling magnetic refrigeration materials

Modelling the extraordinary strength of superalloys

Irradiation effects and fracture in steels used in nuclear power plants


Diamond Formation in Giant Ice Planets

cfsa.gifSupervisors: Dr. Dirk Gericke
Group: Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics
Project description: here
Funding: full funding for UK students (42 months), with details to be confirmed
Application deadline: Ongoing.
Start date: October 2020.

Wed 13 Nov 2019, 15:47 | Tags: CFSA (funded)

Selective epitaxial growth of Silicon Carbide thin film materials

logo2.gifSupervisors: Dr Maksym Myronov
Group: NanoSilicon
Project details: web
Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months)
Start date: October 2020.
Application deadline: ongoing

Wed 13 Mar 2019, 15:12 | Tags: PhD Condensed matter (funded)