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Research topics and projects

This is a full list of the research projects that supervisors have identified for potential PhD or MSc 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.

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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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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

Cooling a levitating nanodiamond containing a spin qubit

logo2.gifSupervisor: Dr Gavin Morley
Group: EPR
Project details: pdf
Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months)
Start date: October 2019. Application deadline: 15 February 2019

Tue 27 November 2018, 11:00 | Tags: PhD Condensed matter (funded)

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

Synthetic diagnostics for laser-driven fusion experiments

cfsa.gifSupervisors: Prof. Tony Arber
Group: Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics
Funding: one fully funded scholarship for UK students (42 months)
Application deadline: 19th February 2018. Interviews will be in the week of 5-9th March 2018.
Start date: October 2018

Tue 19 December 2017, 09:42 | Tags: CFSA, PhD, Filled

Data Analytics Approach to Space Weather

cfsa.gifSupervisors: Prof. Sandra Chapman
Group: Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics
Funding: full funding for UK and EU students (42 months)
Application deadline: 19th February 2018. Interviews will be in the week of 5-9th March 2018.
Start date: October 2018.

Wed 01 November 2017, 22:59 | Tags: CFSA, Filled

Hidden and conspicuous magnetic order in hyper-kagome magnets

Supervisor: Dr. Oleg Petrenkologo2.gif
Group: Superconductivity & Magnetism
Project details: pdf
Funding: independent scholarship/funding source required

Thu 17 January 2019, 22:37 | Tags: Condensed matter, PhD

Machine learning quantum localization

logo3.gifSupervisor: Professor Rudo Roemer
Group: Theory
Project description: pdf
Funding: independent scholarship/funding source required

Mon 07 January 2019, 15:11 | Tags: PhD, Theoretical and computational

Quantum materials under extreme conditions

Supervisor: Dr. Paul Goddardlogo2.gif
Group: Superconductivity & Magnetism
Project details: pdf
Funding: independent scholarship/funding source required

Sat 05 January 2019, 21:50 | Tags: Condensed matter, PhD

How to build a swarm

logo3.gifSupervisor: Professor Matthew Turner
Group: Theory
Funding: independent scholarship/funding source required

Sun 20 November 2016, 21:35 | Tags: PhD, Theoretical and computational

Active matter

logo3.gifSupervisor: Professor Matthew Turner
Group: Theory
Funding: independent scholarship/funding source required

Sun 20 November 2016, 21:34 | Tags: PhD, Theoretical and computational