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Current PhD Studentships

Applications for 2018 studentships are now closed.

Projects and studentships for October 2019 entry will be live on this page by Monday 3 December.

Please note:

  • You may apply for multiple PhD projects – please include your motivation for applying to each project that you list as part of your application.

  • We welcome applications from UK-based, non-UK and non-EU applicants.

  • If you are selected to attend for interview, a contribution towards reasonable travel expenses within the UK only will be made.

If you would like to apply then please read the guidance on applying for a PhD studentship here and send a completed application form - home and EU students or application form - overseas students, an up to date CV, list of individual courses taken and grades obtained, a personal statement, plus any other relevant information that you think may support your case for consideration, together with an outline of project(s) of interest to STEM-SPS-PhD-Admin by the application deadline. You are encouraged to contact the lead supervisor of the project(s) for any informal enquiries.

Applications for following project closed on 1 October:

Space Instrumentation

SI3: Radiation damage in the Gaia focal plane: in-orbit data, charge-transfer simulations, and the impact on the astronomy achievable
Contact: David Hall


The following studentships have been filled or are not currently available:


P1: Testing quantum correlations in a cold atoms platform for quantum computation
Contact: Silvia Bergamini

P2: Quantum correlated probes for weak field sensing
Contact: Calum MacCormick

P3: Designing quantum simulators for realistic materials
Contact: Jim Hague

P4: Understanding electron-induced damage in complex biomolecular systems
Contat: Sam Eden

P5: Electron and positron scattering data for radiation bio-matter modelling
Contact: Jimena Gorfinkiel

P6: Electron induced chemistry; using electrons to control molecular fragmentation
Contact: Nigel Mason



A1: Tracing extragalactic jet flows across cosmic time: scalable methods for wide-field radio surveys
Contact: Judith Croston

A2: Laboratory investigation of the physical and chemical properties of cosmic dust and ice in star forming regions
Contact: Anita Dawes

A3: UV studies of solar ice systems
Contact: Nigel Mason

A4: Experimenting with the Earliest Stages of Planet Formation
Contact: Helen Fraser

A5: Ice-mapping in the JWST Era
Contact: Helen Fraser

A6: Stellar multiplicity, eclipsing binaries and PLATO planets
Contact: Ulrich Kolb

A7: Using Machine learning to find gravitationally-lensed quasars and supernovae
Contact: Stephen Serjeant

A8: Hunting for weirdos: a search for rare populations in multi-wavelength galaxy surveys using machine learning
Contact: Stephen Serjeant

A9: The evolution of galaxy morphologies through deep learning convolutional neural nets
Contact: Stephen Serjeant


Physics Education

P7: Ogden Trust Studentship: Investigating the use of technology enhanced assessment to reduce deomgraphic gaps in attainment in physics
Contact: Holly Hedgeland


Planetary & Space Science

PSS1: Unravelling the secrets of early Solar System processes through laboratory investigations of regolith from a C type asteroid
Contact: Ian Franchi

PSS3: Breaking rocks: Asteroid regolith production through thermal cycling
Contact: Simon Green

PSS4: Impact and heat processing of Mars’ moon Phobos
Contact: Vic Pearson

PSS5: Geological mapping in Mercury’s southern hemisphere
Contact: David Rothery

PSS6: History and evolution of volatiles in the Earth-Moon system
Contact: Mahesh Anand

PSS8: Investigating redox-reactions in the Fe-O-S system on Mars
Contact: Susanne Schwenzer

PSS9: Salt-loving sulfate reducing bacteria: the key to finding life on Mars
Contact: Karen Olsson-Francis

PSS10: Identifying trace gas sources on Mars
Contact: Stephen Lewis

PSS11: Atmospheric retrievals from ExoMars Trace gas Orbiter mission data
Contact: Manish Patel

PSS12: Carbon rich materials returned to Earth from the Itokawa asteroid with particles collected in the stratosphere
Contact: Ian Wright

PSS13: Tracing the evolutionary history of Mars' atmosphere
Contact: Monica Grady

PSS14: Asteroids, Comets, Kuiper Belt Objects and Meteorites: a spectral investigation of a spectrum of small bodies
Contact: Monica Grady


Space Instrumentation

SI1: Novel techniques for the monitoring of space-bourne radiation damage and its evolution in silicon devices for future missions
Contact: Ben Dryer

SI2: WFIRST AFTA-C: Challenges in direct imaging of ExoPlanets in a harsh radiation environment
Contact: David Hall

SI4: Investigating the role of microwave sintering of lunar regolith to develop a 3D printing mechanism for building structures on the Moon
Contact: Sungwoo Lim

SI5: Ion-molecule reactions and their implications on past, present and future space missions
Contact: Andrew Morse

SI6: Characterisation of the NOMAD detector on the ExoMars TGO mission to Mars
Contact: Manish Patel

SI7: CCD quantum efficiency in the UV and soft X-ray regime: impact on calibration for the ESA-CAS SMILE mission and beyond
Contact: Matthew Soman

SI8: Single Event Effects in CMOS Image Sensors for Space
Contact: Konstantin Stefanov

SI9: Development of Curved Silicon Detectors for Space Imaging Applications
Contact: Andrew Holland

SI10: Development of an Imager for CubeSatellites
Contact: Andrew Holland


Updated 04/07/2018