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 on South Korea. This world-leading experiment recently published first results in Nature. The project will focus on analysis of the running experiment comprising ~100 kg to search for a dark matter annual modulation signal observation of which has recently been confirmed by the DAMA collaboration in Italy. There will also be opportunity to contribute to design and test of the new crystals being developed for an upgrade to a 250 kg ultra-low background detector. Part of this work includes use of test facilities in the UK’s Boulby underground site and at Sheffield. There will be opportunity for 6-12 month Long Term Attachment to the Institute of Basic Science in South Korea or at Yale University (USA) and possibly at the Antarctic South Pole where we plan to build an experiment to make use of the Southern Hemisphere location.
Science Graduate School: As a PhD student in one of the science departments at the University of Sheffield, you’ll be part of the Science Graduate School – a community of postgraduate researchers working across biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and psychology. You’ll get access to training opportunities designed to support your career development by helping you gain professional skills that are essential in all areas of science. You’ll be able to learn how to recognise good research and research behaviour, improve your communication abilities and experience technologies that are used in academia, industry and many related careers. Visit http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/sgs to learn more.
If you submit your application after the 31 March 2019, you will be considered for any remaining funding, but please note all of our funding may be allocated in the first round.