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Current PhD Studentships

Projects and studentships for October 2019 entry

The application deadline is:  Friday 15 February 2019 at noon

Interviews will be held on:  Thursday 14 or Friday 15 March 2019

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.

Physics

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

P2: Understanding electron-induced damage in biomolecular clusters
Contact: Sam Eden

P3: Electron impact neutral dissociation of triamotic molecules
Contact: Jimena Gorfinkiel

P4: Theory of quantum simulators for unconventional superconductors
Contact: Jim Hague

P5: Combining AI techniques with physics for novel arterial growth algorithms
Contact: Jim Hague

P6: Electronic structure and dynamics of adsorbed and condensed phase PAHs
Contact: Holly Hedgeland and Anita Dawes

P7: Quantum correlated probes for weak field sensing
Contact: Calum MacCormick

P8: Electron and positron scattering data for radiation bio-matter modelling
Contact: Jimena Gorfinkiel

 

Physics Education

PE1: Next generation Physics assessment by neural network application
Contact: Holly Hedgeland

 

Astronomy

A1: The search for realistic interstellar ice analogues: ice films, icy aerosols and molecular clusters
Contact: Anita Dawes

A2: Ice-mapping in the JWST Era
Contact: Helen Fraser

A3: Light-field motion tracking in laboratory studies of planet formation
Contact: Helen Fraser

A4: Unveiling the structure and reactivity of interstellar ice with neutron scattering studies
Contact: Helen Fraser

A6/PSS11: Asteroid spin and surface properties
Contact: Ulrich Kolb

A7: Variable stars in the SuperWASP all sky survey
Contact: Andrew Norton

A8: Finding distant galaxies with generative adversarial neural networks
Contact: Stephen Serjeant

Planetary & Space Science

PSS1: Volatile accretion and impact histories of early-formed planetesimals
Contact: Mahesh Anand

PSS2: The stratigraphic history of Arabia Terra, Mars
Contact: Matt Balme

PSS3: Tectonism in western Arabia Terra, Mars
Contact: Matt Balme

PSS4: The icy climate of Mars
Contact: Stephen Lewis

PSS5: Dust devils on Mars: analysing local wind patterns using atmospheric models and observations
Contact: Stephen Lewis

PSS6: Limits of habitability of the icy moons **
Contact: Karen Olsson-Francis

**Applications for this project should be sent by 12 noon on 21st January 2019 to               STEM-EEES-PhD-Student-Recruitment@open.ac.uk Go to website for School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences for more information http://www.open.ac.uk/science/environment-earth-ecosystems/PhD

PSS7/SI10: Characterisation of the NOMAD detector on the ExoMars TGO mission to Mars
Contact: Manish Patel

PSS8: Geological mapping in Mercury’s southern hemisphere
Contact: David Rothery

PSS9: From the Colorado Plateau to Mars: using magmatic intrusions into sulphate-rich sediments for Martian habitable environments **
Contact: Susanne Schwenzer

**Applications for this project should be sent by 12 noon on 21st January 2019 to STEM-EEES-PhD-Student-Recruitment@open.ac.uk Go to website for School of Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences for more information http://www.open.ac.uk/science/environment-earth-ecosystems/PhD

PSS10/SI11: The feasibility of in situ VOC analysis on icy bodies
Contact: Simon Sheridan

PSS11/A6: Asteroid spin and surface properties
Contact: Ulrich Kolb

 

Space Instrumentation

SI1: Development of curved silicon detectors for space telescopes and ground-based astronomy appliations
Contact: Andrew Holland

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

SI3: Development of the scientific P-Channel CCD for space applications and modelling in-flight performance
Contact: Ben Dryer

SI4: Development of an Imager for CubeSatellites
Contact: Andrew Holland

SI5: Microwave extraction of oxygen from lunar simulants
Contact: Andrew Morse

SI7: Prospecting for lunar resources
Contact: Andrew Morse

SI8: Advanced CMOS image sensor technology for precision astronomy at ESO
Contact: Jesper Skottfelt

SI9: The flight X-ray camera on the NASA 'OGRE' sounding rocket
Contact: Matthew Soman

SI10/PSS7: Characterisation of the NOMAD detector on the ExoMars TGO mission to Mars
Contact: Manish Patel

SI11/PSS10 The feasibility of in situ VOC analysis on icy bodies
Contact: Simon Sheridan

 

Updated 03/12/2018