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Current PhD Studentships

Projects for full time October 2019 entry

The main deadline for applications for October 2019 entry has passed and studentships are already allocated.

Projects for October 2020 entry will be advertised around 1st December 2019 with an application deadline in February 2020.

When the projects are advertised, 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 do not need to submit a research proposal for any of these projects, as they are already defined by us. You are encouraged to contact the lead supervisor of the project(s) for any informal enquiries.

Projects previously advertised:


  • 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


  • 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 and 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
  • 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
  • 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