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Current Full Time PhD Studentships

Projects for full time October 2019 entry

The deadline for applications for October 2019 entry has passed.  The projects below provide an indication of the breadth of studentships which may be available for the next round of recruitment.

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 triatomic 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 28/01/2019