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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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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)

Electronic structure of epitaxial topological materials

Supervisor: Dr Gavin Bell (Warwick), Professor Karol Hricovini (Paris)

A EUTOPIA Ph.D. project joint University of Warwick (UK) and CY Cergy Paris University 

Experimental condensed matter & surface physics. Combined laboratory and synchrotron-based work (UK, France, Italy)

Project details: here

Start date: October 2020. Application deadline: ongoing

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

Terahertz imaging for improved skin cancer treatment

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.


Electronic structure of 2 dimensional materials

Supervisors: Dr Neil Wilson and Dr James Lloyd Hughes

EUTOPIA PhD scheme - joint PhD with Warwick University and CY Cergy Paris University

Group: Microscopy
Project details: here
Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months).
Start date: October 2020. Application deadline: ongoing

Wed 08 Apr 2020, 07:54 | Tags: Condensed matter, Filled

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

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, Filled

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

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)

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: 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
Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months).
Start date: October 2020. Application deadline: ongoing

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

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.

For more details please see the HetSys website. There is an open day on 4th March if you'd like to find out more.

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

Twistronics devices

Evolving systems such as interacting fluid-structure flows

Modelling magnetic refrigeration materials

Modelling the extraordinary strength of superalloys

Irradiation effects and fracture in steels used in nuclear power plants


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

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

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: Condensed matter, PhD, Filled

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 2020.
Application deadline: ongoing

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