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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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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

Fri 15 February 2019, 16:43 | Tags: Medical and biophysics (funded) PhD Condensed matter (funded)

Centre for Doctoral Training in Modelling of Heterogeneous Systems

logo3.gifHetSys is an entirely new EPSRC-supported Centre for Doctoral Training. It is recruiting enthusiastic students (first intake October 2019) from across the physical sciences who enjoy using their mathematical skills and thinking flexibly to solve complex problems. By developing these skills HetSys will train 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 20th February if you'd like to find out more.


Developing fast magic-angle spinning (MAS) NMR methods for applications to both organic and bio-molecules in the solid state

logo2.gifSupervisors: Prof Steven Brown (Physics) and Prof Jozef Lewandowski
Group: NMR
Project details: web
Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (48 months)
Start date: October 2019.
Application deadline: ongoing

Fri 08 February 2019, 09:00 | Tags: PhD Condensed matter (funded)

Data Analytics Approach to Extreme Events in Space Weather

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Group: Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics
Project description: pdf
Funding: full funding for UK/EU students (42 months)
Application deadline: Ongoing
Start date: October 2019.

Thu 07 February 2019, 23:25 | Tags: PhD CFSA (funded)

Improving 1 and 2-qubit gate fidelities for laser-written nitrogen vacancy centres in diamond

logo2.gifSupervisors: Dr Gavin Morley and Dr Ben Green
Group: EPR
Project details: pdf
Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months)
Start date: October 2019.
Application deadline: ongoing

Thu 07 February 2019, 10:25 | Tags: PhD Condensed matter (funded)

Band structure at the nanoscale in operating 2D field effect devices

Supervisor: Dr. Neil Wilson (Warwick) and Dr Cephise Cacho (Diamond Light Source)logo2.gif
Group: Microscopy
Project description: [pdf]
Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months) with enhanced stipend.
Start date: October 2019. Application deadline: 15 February 2019

Fri 11 January 2019, 20:10 | Tags: PhD Condensed matter (funded)

Potential PhD opportunities in MCF plasma at CFSA, University of Warwick

cfsa.gifSupervisors: Dr. Nick Walken (UKAEA) & Dr. Bogdan Hnat (Warwick)
Group: Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics
Project description: pdf
Funding: full funding for UK students (42 months), with details to be confirmed
Application deadline: 15th February 2019. Interviews will be in the week of 4-8th March 2019.
Start date: October 2019.

Mon 07 January 2019, 15:44 | Tags: PhD CFSA (funded)

Fast ions and turbulence in fusion plasmas

cfsa.gifSupervisors: Dr. Ben McMillan
Group: Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics
Project description: pdf
Funding
: full funding for UK students (42 months), with details to be confirmed
Application deadline: 15th February 2019. Interviews will be in the week of 4-8th March 2019.
Start date: October 2019.

Wed 19 December 2018, 10:48 | Tags: PhD CFSA (funded)

Ion cyclotron emission (ICE) from energetic ions in fusion plasmas

cfsa.gifSupervisors: Prof. Sandra Chapman & Prof. Richard Dendy
Group: Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics
Project description: pdf
Funding: full funding for UK students (42 months), with details to be confirmed
Application deadline: 15th February 2019. Interviews will be in the week of 4-8th March 2019.
Start date: October 2019.

Mon 17 December 2018, 12:21 | Tags: PhD CFSA (funded)

Biophysics of light-induced motility in microalgae

Supervisor: Dr. Marco Polinlogo2.giflogo1.gif
Group: Soft Matter & Biophysics
Project details: pdf
Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months)
Start date: October 2019. Application deadline: ongoing

Mon 17 December 2018, 09:54 | Tags: Medical and biophysics (funded) PhD Condensed matter (funded)

Experimental Studies of Unconventional Superconductors

Supervisor: Dr. Martin Leeslogo2.gif
Group: Superconductivity & Magnetism
Project details: pdf
Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months)
Start date: October 2019. Application deadline: 15 February 2019

Fri 07 December 2018, 08:54 | Tags: PhD Condensed matter (funded)

Turbulent Plasma and Astrophysical Shocks in Solar-Terrestrial Physics

cfsa.gifSupervisors: Dr. Bogdan Hnat
Group: Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics
Funding: full funding for UK students (42 months)
Application deadline: 15th February 2019. Interviews will be in the week of 4-8th March 2019.
Start date: October 2019.

Wed 05 December 2018, 20:18 | Tags: PhD CFSA (funded)

In-situ manipulation of ferroelectric structures at the atomic level

Supervisor: Prof. Ana Sanchez-Fuenteslogo2.gif
Group: Microscopy
Project details: pdf
Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months)
Start date: October 2019. Application deadline: 15 February 2019

Wed 28 November 2018, 06:34 | Tags: PhD Condensed matter (funded)

Crystallography and Functional Evolution of Atomically Thin Confined Nanowires

Supervisors: Dr. Jeremy Sloan & Dr. James Lloyd-Hugheslogo2.gif
Groups: Microscopy & Ultrafast & Terahertz Photonics
Project details: pdf
Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months)
Start date: October 2019. Application deadline: 15 February 2019

Wed 28 November 2018, 06:00 | Tags: PhD Condensed matter (funded)

Nanoscale Imaging of Conductivity in Hybrid Metal Halide Perovskite Thin Films

Supervisor: Dr. Rebecca Milotlogo2.gif
Group: Ultrafast & Terahertz Photonics
Project details: pdf
Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months)
Start date: October 2019. Application deadline: 15 February 2019

Wed 28 November 2018, 05:00 | Tags: PhD Condensed matter (funded)

Elementary Particle Physics

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The EPP group has funded studentships available for 2019 entry on the following projects. A short overview of the project areas can be found below. Please see the group website for further details. Enquires can be made to Dr. Tom Blake (T.Blake.1@warwick.ac.uk).

Application deadline: February 28th 2019

Reseach area: LHCb experiment at the Large Hadron Collider

The Warwick LHCb group are leading investigations into physics beyond the Standard Model by studying CP violation in, and the properties of, b-hadron decays. The successful candidate will join this activity and lead one or more analyses leading to publications in prestigious high-impact journals. As a part of their studies, they will contribute fully to the LHCb experiment, including participating in data-taking at CERN and in studies to understand the performance of the detector.

Research area: ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider

The Warwick ATLAS group are leading investigations into the production and decay of the Higgs boson at the LHC. The successful candidate will join this activity and will also play a roll in the ongoing running of the detector and preparation for future upgrades (thorough work on the ATLAS trigger system or work on a replacement tracker).

Research area: Future Neutrino Physics Projects

The Warwick group in involved in preparatory studies for a future long-baseline neutrino experiment for the LBNE/LBNF project and Hyper-Kamiokande. The successful applicant will contribute to the development work needed to advance these projects. The applicant may also have the possibility to contribute to the analysis of the data collected by the T2K neutrino experiment in Japan.

Research area: Double Beta Decay

The Warwick SuperNEMO double beta decay group leads the exploitation of the first SuperNEMO data from the demonstrator device at the Modane underground laboratory in France. The successful candidate will join this activity and lead one or more analyses leading to publications in prestigious high-impact journals.

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 November 2018, 17:00 | Tags: Particle physics (funded) PhD

Statistical Mechanics of Decision Making

logo3.gifSupervisor: Prof. Robin Ball
Group: Theory
Funding: fully funded PhD studentship (42 months) for UK students
Start date: October 2019. Application deadline: ongoing.

Tue 27 November 2018, 14:00 | Tags: Theoretical and computational (funded) PhD

Quantum sensors for fundamental physics

logo3.gifSupervisor: Dr Animesh Datta
Group: Theory
Project details: pdf
Funding: fully funded PhD studentship (42 months) for UK students
Start date: October 2019. Application deadline: ongoing.

Tue 27 November 2018, 10:30 | Tags: Theoretical and computational (funded) PhD

Flat band phase transition in gadolinium garnet, a frustrated antiferromagnet

logo3.gifSupervisor: Dr Nicholas d'Ambrumenil
Group: Theory
Project details: pdf
Funding: full funding for UK students (42 months).
Start date: October 2019. Application deadline: ongoing.

Tue 27 November 2018, 09:00 | Tags: Theoretical and computational (funded) PhD

A new generation of single photon emitters: Localised quantum states in van der Waal heterostructures

Supervisor: Dr. Matthew Broomelogo2.gif
Group: Exotic Quantum Devices
Project details: pdf
Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months) for UK or EU students.
Start date: October 2019. Application deadline: 15 February 2019

Tue 27 November 2018, 08:00 | Tags: PhD Condensed matter (funded)

Physics of magnets and the arrangements of atoms comprising them: theory of magnetic-compositional correlation.

logo3.gifSupervisor: Prof Julie Staunton
Group: Theory
Project details: pdf
Funding: full funding for UK students (42 months).
Start date: October 2019. Application deadline: ongoing

Mon 26 November 2018, 21:00 | Tags: Theoretical and computational (funded) PhD