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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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Electronic structure of epitaxial topological materials

Supervisor: Dr Gavin Bell (Warwick), Professor Karol Hricovini (Paris)

A EUTOPIA Ph.D. project joint University of Warwick (UK) and CY Cergy Paris University 

Experimental condensed matter & surface physics. Combined laboratory and synchrotron-based work (UK, France, Italy)

Project details: here

Start date: October 2020. Application deadline: ongoing

Mon 15 Jun 2020, 10:14 | Tags: Condensed matter, PhD

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.


Electronic structure of 2 dimensional materials

Supervisors: Dr Neil Wilson and Dr James Lloyd Hughes

EUTOPIA PhD scheme - joint PhD with Warwick University and CY Cergy Paris University

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

Wed 08 Apr 2020, 07:54 | Tags: Condensed matter, Filled

The Structure of Metal-Organic Interfaces

Supervisor: Prof Phil Woodruff and Prof Giovanni Costantinilogo2.gif

Group: Soft Matter and Biological Fluid Dynamics
Project details: here
Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months). This is a collaborative project part-funded by Diamond Light Source, providing the student with the considerable advantage of the experience of working at this state-of-the-art national facility as well as within the University of Warwick.
Start date: October 2020. Application deadline: ongoing

Wed 18 Dec 2019, 16:47 | Tags: Condensed matter, PhD, Filled

An ultrafast shakedown of defects in diamond using intense infrared pulses

Supervisor: Dr James Lloyd-Hugheslogo2.gif

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

Fri 22 Nov 2019, 20:59 | Tags: Condensed matter, Filled

Band structure measurements in van der Waals heterostructures

Supervisor: Dr Neil Wilsonlogo2.gif
Group: Microscopy
Project details: here
Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months).
Start date: October 2020. Application deadline: ongoing

Wed 20 Nov 2019, 08:25 | Tags: Condensed matter

X-ray studies of dynamic fluctuations in Nano-scaled artificial Spin-Ices

Supervisor: Thomas Haselogo2.gif
Group: Magnetic Scattering
Project details: here
Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months).
Start date: October 2020. Application deadline: ongoing

Thu 31 Oct 2019, 11:49 | Tags: Condensed matter, Filled

Understanding doping of semiconducting nanowires

Supervisor: Prof. Ana Sanchez-Fuentes

Group: Microscopy

Project details: here

Start date: October 2020. Application deadline: ongoing

Wed 30 Oct 2019, 13:17 | Tags: Condensed matter, PhD

Epitaxy of Gallium Oxide quantum well semiconductor heterostructures on Sapphire

Supervisors: Dr Maksym Myronov 
Group: NanoSilicon
Project details: here
Start date: October 2020.
Application deadline: ongoing

Wed 30 Oct 2019, 13:10 | Tags: Condensed matter

Highly frustrated magnetic materials by neutron scattering

Supervisor: Dr. Oleg Petrenkologo2.gif
Group: Superconductivity & Magnetism
Project details: pdf
Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months).
Start date: October 2020. Application deadline: ongoing

Wed 30 Oct 2019, 13:03 | Tags: Condensed matter, PhD, Filled

Understanding quantum materials using high magnetic fields and applied pressure

Supervisor: Dr. Paul Goddardlogo2.gif
Group: Superconductivity & Magnetism
Project details: here
Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months).
Start date: October 2020. Application deadline: ongoing

Wed 30 Oct 2019, 12:10 | Tags: Condensed matter, PhD, Filled

Graphene membranes for microscopy

There is an opening for a Masters by Research project for the 2019/2020 academic year on 'Graphene membranes for microscopy' under the supervision of Dr Neil Wilson (Department of Physics). See attached for the project description. The project has the potential for an internship at Silson Ltd (a local company specialising in the fabrication of membranes) and the opportunity for paid work as part of the project. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Neil Wilson (Neil.Wilson@warwick.ac.uk) for further information. Further details are available here.

Mon 24 Jun 2019, 22:50 | Tags: Condensed matter, MSc by Research

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


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: ongoing

Wed 28 Nov 2018, 06:00 | Tags: Condensed matter, PhD, Filled

Spin control in a levitated nanodiamond

Supervisor: Gavin Morely
Group: Diamond
Project details: here
Start date: October 2020. Application deadline: ongoing

Thu 31 Oct 2019, 08:58 | Tags: Condensed matter

Chiral magnets and skyrmion materials

Supervisor: Geetha Balakrishnan
Group:Superconductivity and magnetism
Project details:  here
Start date: October 2020. Application deadline: ongoing

Thu 31 Oct 2019, 08:50 | Tags: Condensed matter

Hidden and conspicuous magnetic order in hyper-kagome magnets

Supervisor: Dr. Oleg Petrenkologo2.gif
Group: Superconductivity & Magnetism
Project details: pdf
Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months).
Start date: October 2019. Application deadline: ongoing

Sun 17 Mar 2019, 22:00 | Tags: Condensed matter, PhD, Filled