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  High-speed astrophysics with HiPERCAM, ULTRACAM and ULTRASPEC
  Prof V Dhillon, Dr S Littlefair
Applications accepted all year round

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HiPERCAM, ULTRACAM and ULTRASPEC are high-speed cameras built by Sheffield/Warwick/UKATC for the study of astrophysics on fast timescales.
  Cosmic-Ray Muons in Different Applications
  Research Group: Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics
  Dr V Kudryavtsev
Applications accepted all year round

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Cosmic-ray muons are known to be useful in applications beyond particle astrophysics. They have helped with mapping structure of volcanoes and with finding voids in various geological structures.
  Dark Matter Search with the LZ Experiment
  Research Group: Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics
  Dr V Kudryavtsev
Applications accepted all year round

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LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) is a project to build and operate a high-sensitivity dark matter experiment in the deep mine at SURF (South Dakota, USA) able to probe most of the WIMP parameter space region free from neutrino background.
  Neutrino Oscillation Study and Proton Decay Search with DUNE
  Research Group: Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics
  Dr V Kudryavtsev
Applications accepted all year round

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DUNE is a large international project to design, construct and operate a multi-kiloton scale liquid argon detector for neutrino physics, neutrino astrophysics and a search for physics beyond the Standard Model.
  From Big Bang nucleosynthesis to medical science: advanced electronic signal analysis for extreme-light experiments in nuclear science.
  Research Group: Nuclear Physics
  Dr C Diget, Dr C Matei
Application Deadline: 31 May 2020

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The Extreme-Light Infrastructure - Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP) is currently under construction in Bucharest, Romania.
  Exploring the Sun’s Plasma Environment with the Parker Solar Probe Spacecraft
  Dr C Chen
Applications accepted all year round

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The Sun’s atmosphere, the solar corona, remains one of the last major areas of the solar system to be directly explored by a spacecraft, but over the next few years this will change with the NASA Parker Solar Probe (PSP) mission.
  ARGONCUBE – Design, Construction and Test of the Liquid Argon Near Detector for the DUNE Neutrino Experiment
  Research Group: Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics
  Prof N Spooner
Applications accepted all year round

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In association with the giant 10 kton DUNE (Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment) liquid argon neutrino detector being built at Homestake there will need to be a smaller Near Detector at Fermilab.
  ATLAS / Data Analysis: investigating the nature of electroweak symmetry breaking and searching for new physics phenomena using diboson measurements.
  Research Group: Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics
  Dr K Lohwasser
Applications accepted all year round

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A position is open for an enthusiastic PhD student to conduct research at the energy frontier at the ATLAS experiment. The main topic is to investigate further the nature of electroweak symmetry breaking and to search for new physics phenomena using diboson measurements.
  COSINE-100 - Search for Dark Matter Annual Modulation
  Research Group: Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics
  Prof N Spooner
Applications accepted all year round

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The Sheffield group has pioneered the search for dark matter using Sodium Iodide crystals and is now participating in the search for a galactic particle dark matter signals using the so-called annual modulation signal as part of the new COSINE-100 experiment in South Korea.
  CYGNUS - Global Search for Dark Matter Particles with Directionality
  Research Group: Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics
  Prof N Spooner
Applications accepted all year round

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Sheffield is a key player in the world-leading dark matter experiment CYGNUS that is seeking a unique directional signal for Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs), the favoured candidate to explain the missing dark matter of the Universe.
  Detector Development (ATLAS/Silicon): developing silicon sensor technologies in use at the energy frontier at the ATLAS experiment
  Research Group: Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics
  Dr K Lohwasser
Applications accepted all year round

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A position is open for an enthusiastic PhD student to conduct research in developing silicon sensor technologies in use at the energy.
  DUNE – Design and Optimisation of The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment at Fermilabing Update by Supervisor
  Research Group: Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics
  Prof N Spooner
Applications accepted all year round

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DUNE is the a billion dollar international neutrino experiment in which a beam of neutrinos will be fired from Fermilab, USA to a 10 kton liquid argon detector built 1300 km away in a new underground facility at Homestake, S.
  How are AGN triggered?
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  Prof C Tadhunter
Applications accepted all year round

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To accurately incorporate active galactic nuclei (AGN) into galaxy evolution models it is important to understand how and when AGN are triggered as their their host galaxies grow via gas accretion, and also whether the triggering mechanism depends on the luminosity of the AGN.
  NUCLEAR Radiation Assay Instrumentation with Industry
  Research Group: Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics
  Prof N Spooner
Applications accepted all year round

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This PhD. project concerns the development of new ultra-sensitive nuclear radiation and assay detector technology to be conducted with close links to the UK defence, homeland security and nuclear sector.
  Physical and wind properties of hot, luminous stars with ULLYSES
  Research Group: Astronomy and Astrophysics
  Dr P Crowther
Applications accepted all year round

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Massive stars are rare, though dominate the radiative, mechanical and chemical feedback in star-forming galaxies.
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