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PhD Studentship on SNO+ supernova neutrino analysis

   School of Mathematical & Physical Sciences

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  Prof SJM Peeters  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The Project

Applications are invited from talented, creative, and motivated students for a PhD place in Experimental Particle Physics to join the Sussex group working on the SNO+ experiment under the supervision of Prof Simon JM Peeters. SNO+ is an exciting experiment: its primary goal is to address one of the key questions in particle physics at the moment: are neutrinos their own antiparticles? It does so by looking for an extremely rare nuclear decay: neutrinoless double-beta decay. If this decay happens, neutrinos must be their own antiparticle (Majorana particles). In addition, it offers a rich programme of neutrino- and related physics, which includes: studying neutrino oscillations by looking at the antineutrinos from reactors, looking into the Earth by the detection of antineutrinos of geological origin, and studying the Sun by looking at solar neutrinos. A very exciting prospect is also the possible observation of neutrinos from a galactic supernova, which would provide a wealth of information on both neutrinos and core-collapse supernova explosions. The experiment is located 2 km underground at research facility SNOLAB, in Canada. Data-taking commenced in 2017 and will continue for the duration of the PhD. The successful candidate is expected to work on the analysis of supernova neutrinos, the supernova trigger and the connection to SNEWS, the Supernova Early Warning System. The student will also spend some fraction of their time analysing data for the calibration of the experiment, as well as participating in SNO+ experimental operations. The project will involve spending an extended period of time at SNOLAB.

Applicants must hold, or expect to hold, at least a UK upper second class degree (or non-UK equivalent qualification) in Physics, or a closely-related area, or else a lower second class degree followed by a relevant Master's degree.

This award is open to UK and International students.

If you have practical questions about the progress of your on-line application or your eligibility, contact Emma Ransley at [Email Address Removed]

For more details about the project, please contact Prof Simon Peeters: [Email Address Removed].

For academic questions please contact the coordinator of EPP PhD admissions, Dr W. Clark Griffith: [Email Address Removed]

Funding Notes

• Fully-paid tuition fees for three and a half years.
• A tax-free bursary for living costs for three and a half years. From October 2021/22 this is expected to be £15560 per year
• A support grant for three and a half years of £1,650 per year for travel and conferences.
• If you are not a UK national, nor an EU national with UK settled/pre-settled status, you will need to apply for a student study visa before admission
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