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PhD Studentship on the SNO+ Neutrino Experiment

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, July 30, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

A fully-funded PhD studentship in the Department of Physics and Astronomy for three and a half years

You will receive:
fully-funded tuition fees for 3 and a half years (at the UK/EU rate)
a tax free bursary for living costs for 3 and a half years. For 2018/19 this is £14,777 per year
a research training support grant for 3 and a half years of £1,250 per year

PhD project
A 3-and-a-half year PhD position is available in in the Sussex Experimental Particle Physics Group.

The University of Sussex Experimental Particle Physics group plays a critically important role in a number of experiments at the frontiers of our knowledge of particle physics, with main involvement in: the ATLAS experiment and its upgrades at the CERN Large Hadron Collider, the SNO+ neutrinoless double beta decay experiment at SNOLAB (Canada), the NOvA, DUNE, and SBND neutrino oscillation experiments at Fermilab (USA), and the Neutron EDM experiment at PSI (Switzerland).

SNO+ offers a rich programme of neutrino physics, which includes neutrinoless double beta decay, antineutrinos from reactors and geothermal activity, solar neutrinos and a supernova watch. It is located at SNOLAB, 2 km underground in the Creighton mine in Canada. Data-taking commenced in 2017, with scintillator fill currently underway. The successful candidate is expected to work on the analysis of antineutrinos, focusing on an oscillation measurement using nearby reactor sources. The student will also spend some fraction of their time developing software for the calibration of the experiment and for data quality assurance, as well as participating in SNO+ experimental operations. The project is likely to involve spending an extended period of time at SNOLAB.

To be eligible you must:
be a UK/European Union (EU) student who has been resident in the UK/EU for at least three years.
have or expect to have a UK undergraduate/master’s degree, or equivalent, in Physics or a related subject.
We also welcome applications from self-funded non-EU students interested in our experimental programme

Apply online at https://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/phd/apply

Select the PhD in Physics with a September 2019 start date.

In the Finance section, you should enter the name of the studentship, which is: PhD Studentship on the SNO+ Neutrino Experiment

Be sure to supply all of the required documents, particularly your transcripts and the details of two referees.

Due to the high volume of applications received, you may only hear from us if your application is successful

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

For academic questions please contact the coordinator of EPP PhD admissions, Dr. W. Clark Griffith: or the supervisor of this project, Dr Dr. Lisa Falk,

The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found so you should apply as soon as you are able to.

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