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PhD in Engineering - Semiconductor Detector Based In-situ Beta Detection at Nuclear Decommissioning Sites


   College of Science and Engineering

   Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

James Watt School of Engineering of the University of Glasgow is seeking a highly motivated graduate to undertake an exciting 3.5-year PhD project entitled ‘Semiconductor Detector Based In-situ Beta Detection at Nuclear Decommissioning Sites’ within the Systems, Power and Energy research group.

Radiologically contaminated land is present on a number of the UK’s nuclear-licensed sites. The presence of this contamination and the ongoing industrial management of radioactive wastes require that the groundwater on these sites is routinely monitored for radioactivity. The default method for groundwater radiological monitoring is by manual sampling of water in boreholes followed by laboratory analysis via mass spectrometry or activity measurement.

A proof-of-concept semiconductor detector which is water deployable has been established. This is a compact detector designed to be deployed in a groundwater borehole, however, there remain unique challenges that must be resolved for the real-world deployment of the detector. This project will develop solutions to the challenges of remote detector deployment on a nuclear decommissioning site, which involve detector miniaturisation and digitisation, remote data transmission, and machine learning-based data analysis.

How to Apply: Please refer to the following website for details on how to apply:

http://www.gla.ac.uk/research/opportunities/howtoapplyforaresearchdegree/.

The position will remain open until filled.


Funding Notes

The studentship is supported by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the National Nuclear Laboratory, and it will cover home tuition fees and provide a stipend at the standard rate (estimated £16,062 for Session 2022-23).

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