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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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Elementary Particle Physics
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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 (funded)

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 (funded)

Three-Dimensional Active Liquid Crystals: Defects and Topology

Supervisor: Gareth Alexanderlogo3.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 08 Nov 2019, 07:27 | Tags: Theoretical and computational (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)

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 (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)

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: PhD Condensed matter (funded)

Interpretation of ion cyclotron emission from large fusion plasmas

cfsa.gifSupervisors: Dr. Richard Dendy and Dr. Sandra Chapman
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 30 Oct 2019, 13:00 | Tags: CFSA CFSA (funded)

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 (funded)

Automation of THz imaging for Medical Diagnosis

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.


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 (funded) MSc by Research

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 2019 entry.

New projects available: There are three PhD fully funded projects currently available. These projects provide full funding for stipend and fees for four years, and all include a generous research training support grant. All three projects are part funded by industry and have the possibility of an extended internship/placement in company/partner university research laboratories.

Project details:

Structural and Spectroscopic Imaging with Advanced Electron Microscopies

Diamond Magnetometry in Cars and Aircraft

Platform Development for Diamond Quantum and Photonic Technologies

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 14 May 2019, 20:11 | 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 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 13th March if you'd like to find out more.

Sun 10 Feb 2019, 07:00 | Tags: Condensed matter, CFSA, PhD, Theoretical and computational, Filled

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: Ongoing.
Start date: October 2019.

Mon 07 Jan 2019, 15:44 | Tags: CFSA, PhD, Filled

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: Ongoing
Start date: October 2019.

Wed 19 Dec 2018, 10:48 | Tags: CFSA, PhD

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

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 Nov 2018, 17:00 | Tags: PhD, Particle physics

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)

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

Quantum sensing of multiple parameters

Supervisor: Dr Animesh Datta
Group: Theory
Project details: here
Start date: October 2020. Application deadline: ongoing.

Thu 31 Oct 2019, 08:42 | Tags: Theoretical and computational

Quantum sensing of multiple parameters

Supervisor: Dr Animesh Datta
Group: Theory
Project details: here
Start date: October 2020. Application deadline: ongoing.

Thu 31 Oct 2019, 08:12

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: PhD Condensed matter (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 2019.
Application deadline: ongoing

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

Machine learning quantum localization

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

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

How to build a swarm

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

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