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October 2018 PhD Studentships

October 2018 PhD Studentships

We invite applications for PhD studentships for projects in the fields of Astronomy, Planetary and Space Science, Physics, and Space Instrumentation. The expected start date is 1st October 2018. We expect to fund of order 10 studentships, in project areas drawn from the list below.

The timetable for the recruitment process is outlined below:

  • Application deadline – Friday 23rd February 2018 (12.00pm midday) This is a new deadline as a result of revised interview dates.
  • Interviews (at the Open University, Milton Keynes or Skype) – 21st/22nd March 2018.

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, 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.


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



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


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

SI3: Radiation damage in the Gaia focal plane: in-orbit data, charge-transfer simulations, and the impact on the astronomy achievable
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 07/02/2018