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NOvA and DUNE Neutrino Oscillations PhD Studentship

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Saturday, February 29, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited from talented and creative students for a PhD place in Experimental Particle Physics at the University of Sussex on the NOvA and DUNE long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiments. The recent discovery of the last neutrino mixing angle (theta13) has opened a door to discovering the pattern of the neutrino masses and whether neutrinos violate CP symmetry: two of the very last missing pieces of the standard model of particle physics extended to include neutrino masses. Neutrinos may provide the answer to the big question of why the universe is dominated by matter and not antimatter. With the NOvA experiment you will have the opportunity to compare data taken with a beam of neutrinos to those from a beam of antineutrinos, looking for differences. The physics reach of NOvA is unique due to its long 810 km baseline combined with the high power and well understood beam of (anti)neutrinos. The DUNE experiment is the successor to NOvA and will use huge liquid argon TPC detectors. With DUNE you will have the opportunity to help design and build the experiment for the future.

For more details about the project, please contact Dr. Jeff Hartnell: ).

For practical questions about applications and/or eligibility for funding, please contact Tom Rowe at:

For academic questions please contact the coordinator of EPP PhD admissions, Dr. W. Clark Griffith:

Applications: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/pgapplication

Please state in the Finance section of the online form that you are applying for STFC EPP studentships.

Funding Notes

Funding is available to UK and EU nationals for a September 2020 start. Funded studentships cover a tax-free bursary (£15,009 per annum in 2018/19) and home/EU fees for 3.5 years. Additional financial support is provided to cover short-term and long-term travel. Interviews of shortlisted candidates will be held in February and March. We also welcome applications from self-funded non-EU students interested in our experimental programme.

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