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PhD studentship in Computational Physics

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, February 07, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Number of awards

Start date and duration

42 months from September 2020

Application closing date

7 February 2020

We invite applications for a PhD position in Computational Physics at Newcastle University. This PhD project will combine two world leading codes (AIMPRO and MC3) in order to model material properties from the atomistic level up. You will combine ab initio and Monte Carlo methods to create a cutting-edge simulation tool that solves both the Schrödinger and Boltzmann transport equations. Enabling exciting and challenging physics to be explored.

The successful applicant will join the Dyson group within Emerging Technologies and Materials in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics ( In the REF2014 exercise, the School was ranked 11th place in the UK by GPA and 10th on publications, placing us in the top quartile for Mathematical Sciences. The group is in the UK Nitrides consortium and will provide a rich and vibrant research atmosphere, including regular seminar series and advanced training modules.

As well as the above stipend and fees, the studentship includes the provision of a new desktop computer and travel allowance. Students also have the opportunity to take part in a range of paid teaching activities, with training provided.

The School is committed to promoting diversity, and we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups
Informal enquiries should be directed to


UKRI and School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics (

Name of supervisor(s)

Dr Angela Dyson ( & Prof Patrick Briddon (

Eligibility Criteria

You must have or expect to obtain a first class or high 2:1 honours degree in physics or closely related subject. Enthusiasm for research, an ability to think and work independently, excellent analytical skills and strong verbal and written communication skills are essential requirements. Experience of programming is essential.
This award is available to UK/EU candidates only. If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills).

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system (

You will need to:
• click on programme of study
• insert 8839F in the programme code section and click search
• select Programme name PhD Physics (FT) (Experimental)
• insert MSP025 in the studentship/partnership reference field
• attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code MSP025 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
• attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications

If you already have an active application which you wish to be associated with this studentship, please access the Application Portal and send an enquiry to the PG Admissions team, stating your request to be associated with this studentship.


Funding Notes

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £15,009

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