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PhD Studentship Opportunity in the Structure and studies of exotic nuclei


Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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Dr DT Doherty , Dr W Catford No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship within the Nuclear Physics Group at the University of Surrey. We are seeking a motivated student in either Experimental or Theoretical Nuclear Physics, depending on the interests of the applicant.

The funding is for a three-year research programme leading to the degree of Ph.D, starting in September 2020. The project will focus on either experimental or theoretical topics in nuclear structure and explosive astrophysical environments. Experimental work takes place mainly at leading international heavy-ion accelerator facilities including Argonne National Laboratory (Chicago), TRIUMF (Vancouver), GSI (Germany) and HIE-ISOLDE (CERN). This work makes use of a variety of state-of-the-art detector systems for both charged-particle and gamma-ray spectroscopy. Our theoretical research is focused on studying the atomic nucleus and its interactions with ab-initio methods and studies of nuclear reactions and dynamics. Here, we exploit high-performance computing and developments in theoretical physics.

Entry requirements:
A first Class or Upper Second Honours degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in an appropriate discipline (e.g., physics or mathematics and physics). You should be able to demonstrate excellent mathematical, analytic, programming skills. Some previous experience with topics including radiation detector systems, high-performance computing, C/C++ programming, data analysis and in performing Monte-Carlo simulations would be advantageous but is not essential.

IELTS: A score of 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category.

How to apply:
Please contact Dr Daniel Doherty ([Email Address Removed]) prior to submitting your application.
Applications should be made through the PhD Physics course page: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/physics-phd
Two references are required and referee details can be supplied on the online application.

Funding Notes

This is a research council funded studentship. The studentship covers the University tuition fees (at EU/UK level) and provides an annual tax free stipend for UK students (rate for 2020-2021 is £14,777 p.a. tax-free).
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