Pulse-shape analysis for neutron/gamma-ray discrimination in novel scintillator detectors

   Department of Physics

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  Dr S Paschalis  Applications accepted all year round

About the Project

In the nuclear technology group at York, we focus on the development of state-of-the-art radiation detection systems. These detectors find widespread use in industrial and societal applications, such as homeland security and environmental monitoring, as well as in particle and nuclear physics experiments. We are specializing on solutions based on Silicon Photomultipliers coupled to bright scintillator detectors.

The specific research project advertised here will be on investigating and constructing detectors with neutron/gamma-ray discrimination capability using the latest developments in inorganic scintillator technology and pulse-shape analysis methods. The project will be carried out in close collaboration with a UK defence contractor and our industrial partner Kromek PLC based in Co. Durham, a leading developer of radiation detection solutions. Through this partnership, the PhD student will have the unique opportunity to work on applications that serve the latest industry and societal needs, while being a member of a world-class nuclear physics academic group and having a strong involvement in fundamental nuclear physics experiments.

We are seeking for an excellent candidate with a strong research interest in radiation detection technology. The student will gain expertise in the physics of gamma-ray and particle detectors, as well as in modern digital-electronic readout and advanced big-data analysis methods. The experience, skills and networking obtained through this PhD will be a valuable asset for pursuing a career in academia or industry.

Funding Notes

Eligibility: UK and EU students Funding: 3 years tuition fees plus stipend at the nominal rate. Academic entry requirements: at least a class 2:1 MSc or MPhys degree in Physics.


This PhD is available to start September 2017 or sooner. Please contact Dr Stefanos Paschalis (stefanos.paschalis@york.ac.uk) for further information.

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