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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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Selective epitaxy of Silicon Carbide for energy applications

Supervisors: Dr Maksym Myronov 
Group: NanoSilicon
Project details: here
Start date: October 2021.

Fully funded for 3.5 years though the Warwick Industrial Fellowship (WIF) award with Hitachi ABB Power Grids Ltd.

Application deadline: ongoing

Fri 26 Feb 2021, 13:10 | Tags: Condensed matter PhD Condensed matter (funded)

Quantimony Project

Supervisor: Richard Beanlandlogo2.gif

Project details: here
Start date: October 2021.

Funding: generously funded PhD studentship see project details.

An H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions funded PhD studentship position in Quantum Semiconductor Technologies exploiting Antimony is available in the Department of Physics at The University of Warwick. You will be part of a cohort of international early stage researchers working as part of the QUANTIMONY Innovative Training Network (ITN). This ITN combines a group of world-leading laboratories and organisations, where early stage researchers benefit from academic and industrial collaboration and research skill training.

Wed 25 Nov 2020, 20:24 | Tags: Condensed matter Condensed matter (funded)

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

Ferroelectric field effect transistors for next generation non-volatile memories and cognitive computing

Supervisor: Marin Alexe and Co-Supervisor: Dr Neil Wilsonlogo2.gif
Group: Microscopy
Project details: here
Start date: October 2021. Application deadline: ongoing

Tue 03 Nov 2020, 12:32 | Tags: Condensed matter, PhD

FIND-CDT

Fully funded PhD projects based at the University of Warwick, for 2020 entry.

 PhD Studentship in Liquid Crystal Sensors for Ultrasound Detection

University: University of Warwick Supervisor: Dr Rachel Edwards Start date: October 2020

PhD Studentship in Automated Implementation of EMAT Inspection

University: University of Warwick Supervisor: Dr Rachel Edwards Start date: October 2020

PhD Studentship in Ultrasonic Flow Measurement

University: University of Warwick. Supervisor: Prof. Steve Dixon. Start date: October 2020

Mon 22 Jun 2020, 17:09 | Tags: Condensed matter (funded)

Strain and field dependence of the Fermi surface and spin densities: high energy x-ray scattering experiments and electronic structure calculations

Supervisor: Jon Duffy

Project details: here

Funding: Independent/other funding sources

Start date: October 2021. Application deadline: ongoing

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

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 2020 entry.

New projects available - see https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/dst/phd_projects/

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 07 Jan 2020, 13:00 | Tags: PhD Condensed matter (funded)

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

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)

Structural and Optical investigation of semiconducting nanowires

Supervisor: Prof. Ana Sanchez-Fuentes

Group: Microscopy

Project details: here

Start date: October 2021. Application deadline: ongoing

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

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

Start date: October 2021. Application deadline: ongoing

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

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

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 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


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

Disentangling aggregation kinetics in CVD diamond for quantum sensing

PhD Studentship: Disentangling aggregation kinetics in CVD diamond for quantum sensing

Exceptional technological progress in diamond means that it is now at the forefront of many quantum technologies. For instance, diamond-based sensors can detect the magnetic field of a single atom and determine precisely what and where it is; or probe the fundamental nature of our universe by employing quantum entanglement between two diamonds. On the micro- and macroscopic scale, diamond-based quantum technologies are capable of sensing magnetic effects in bacteria, probing defects in computer chips, and providing highprecision magnetic navigation in challenging environments [1–9].

These amazing capabilities are enabled by “point-defects” – atomic-scale “faults” in the diamond crystal formed by displacing, replacing, and/or removing carbon atoms – within the diamond structure. Most quantum technology applications of diamond exploit the electro-optical and spin properties of the negatively-charged nitrogen-vacancy centre (NV– ) – a defect consisting of a nitrogen atom next to a missing atom (the vacancy).

It is an ongoing challenge to produce the ideal diamond material for NV-based quantum technologies – namely low-strain, low-parasitic-spin density, highly charge-stable material with tightly-controlled NV– concentrations. Recent advances in plasma-assisted chemical vapour deposition (CVD) diamond synthesis have opened up a new regime of material which is nominally ideal for quantum technology applications, but which is as-yet poorly understood. Creating optimal material for quantum technologies will require an intimate understanding of the defects present, their interactions, and how to modify, create, and destroy them in this new diamond material.

This ambitious project will combine Warwick’s world-leading understanding of diamond point defects and their interactions under annealing, with extensive state-of-the-art experimental facilities and novel CVD diamond. It is anticipated that this work will result in the identification and characterisation of several new point defects and will drive understanding on optimal strategies for producing high-nitrogen material for quantum technology applications. The research will be carried out in the physics department at Warwick, and will involve but is not limited to: • characterization and treatment of novel high-nitrogen CVD diamond to develop routes toward optimized material for ensemble quantum sensing • identification and characterization of novel defects using cryogenic optical and magnetic resonance techniques • understanding of defects’ electronic properties to deduce their chemical constituents and atomic configuration • production of defects by irradiation and high temperature treatment to optimize their properties and understand their interactions with other defects • interaction with the large multidisciplinary cohort of leading diamond researchers based at Warwick as part of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Diamond Science and Technology • regular meetings with leading diamond industry figures to help maximally exploit our new understanding For further details please contact Dr. Ben Green: b.green@warwick.ac.uk

[1] L. Rondin et al., Reports Prog. Phys. 77, 056503 (2014). [2] J. F. Barry et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 113, 14133 (2016). [3] B. Hensen et al., Nature 526, 682 (2015). [4] M. Atatüre et al., Nat. Rev. Mater. 3, 38 (2018). [5] M. K. Bhaskar et al., Nature 580, 60 (2020). [6] A. Horsley et al., Phys. Rev. Appl. 10, 044039 (2018). [7] G. Mariani et al., Sci. Rep. 10, 4813 (2020). [8] R. L. Patel et al., Phys. Rev. Appl. 14, 044058 (2020). [9] M. N. R. Ashfold et al., Chem. Rev. 120, 5745 (2020)

Tue 30 Mar 2021, 14:28 | Tags: Condensed matter PhD Condensed matter (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

Selective epitaxial growth of Silicon Carbide thin film materials

logo2.gifSupervisors: Dr Maksym Myronov
Group: NanoSilicon
Project details: web
Start date: October 2021.
Application deadline: ongoing

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