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This is a full list of the PhD research projects that supervisors have identified for potential students. Information on MSc by research projects can be found here. 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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Hybrid Quantum Devices: Coupling Interlayer Excitons in 2D Semiconductors to Nitrogen Vacancy Centres in Diamond

Supervisor: Matthew Broomelogo2.gif

Project details: here
Start date: October 2021.

Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months).

Application deadline: ongoing

Tue 03 Nov 2020, 13:02 | Tags: Condensed matter PhD Condensed matter (funded) Filled

Robotic THz imaging probe for Medical Diagnosis

Supervisor: Emma MacPhersonlogo2.giflogo1.gif

Group: Ultrafast and THz Photonics
Project details: here
Start date: October 2021.

Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months).

Application deadline: ongoing


Dynamics of Energy Transfer in Perovskite Nanostructures for Optoelectronic Applications

Supervisor: Rebecca Milot and cosupervisor: Dr James Lloyd-Hugheslogo2.gif

Group: Ultrafast and THz Photonics
Project details: here
Start date: October 2021.

Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months).

Application deadline: ongoing

Tue 03 Nov 2020, 12:53 | Tags: Condensed matter PhD Condensed matter (funded) Filled

Agile electronics through ferroelectric switching of two-dimensional materials

Supervisor: Dr Neil Wilson Co-supervisor: Marin Alexe logo2.gif
Group: Microscopy
Project details: here
Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months).
Start date: October 2021. Application deadline: ongoing

Tue 03 Nov 2020, 12:33 | Tags: Condensed matter PhD Condensed matter (funded) 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

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

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

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. We plan to recruit up to 12 students to work on a range of exciting PhD projects starting in Oct.2021.

For more details please see the HetSys website. Please contact us at hetsys@warwick.ac.uk if you'd like to find out more.

Current projects with particular relevance to applicants interested in theoretical physics in combination with computational modelling:

Novel 'Twistronics' devices

How semiconductor lasers fail

Dislocation mobility and machine learning

Energy harvesting with thermoelectrics

Magnetic quasiparticles and storing information

Laser-driven fusion power

Noisy biochemical switches


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

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

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) Filled