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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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Spermatozoa navigation in complex environments

Supervisor: Dr. Vasily Kantslerlogo2.giflogo1.gif
Group: Soft Matter & Biophysics
Project details: web
Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months)
Start date: October 2019 or later. Application deadline: ongoing

Wed 31 Jul 2019, 22:10 | Tags: Condensed matter, PhD, Medical and biophysics, Filled

A Combined NMR and Diffraction Approach to Study Pd Metal Nanoparticles Used in Industrial Catalysis

logo2.gifSupervisors: John Hanna
Group: NMR
Project details: web
Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months)
Start date: October 2019.
Application deadline: ongoing

Wed 13 Mar 2019, 14:00 | Tags: Condensed matter, PhD, Filled

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

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 Feb 2019, 10:25 | Tags: Condensed matter, PhD, Filled

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 Jan 2019, 20:10 | Tags: Condensed matter, PhD, Filled

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: ongoing

Fri 07 Dec 2018, 08:54 | Tags: Condensed matter, PhD, Filled

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: ongoing

Wed 28 Nov 2018, 06:34 | Tags: Condensed matter, PhD, Filled

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

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: ongoing

Wed 28 Nov 2018, 05:00 | Tags: Condensed matter, PhD, Filled

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 Nov 2018, 11:00 | Tags: Condensed matter, PhD, Filled

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 Nov 2018, 08:00 | Tags: Condensed matter, PhD, Filled