The gravitational wave research group at Sheffield partakes in a variety of research as a member group of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. Current activities include burst and compact binary coalescence data analysis, lens free imaging of optics, dynamic tracking and subtraction of oscillating backgrounds, optical follow-up of gravitational wave signals using the GOTO telescope, and development of stablised laser systems for training activities towards LIGO India. Ph.D. projects could involve one or more of these activities. The LIGO detectors will turn on again after a year of upgrade time in March 2019, so that there will be lots of new data and the possibility of further new discoveries at the detectors. It is a very exciting time to be involved in this field, which is sure to continue to expand through further ground and space based instruments.
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.