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Single-particle strength and nucleon correlations in exotic nuclei

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, February 21, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

In the nuclear physics group at York, we focus on carrying out world-leading research aimed at the study of the fundamental properties of atomic nuclei and the origin of elements in the cosmos, employing and developing state-of-the-art experimental and theoretical techniques. As well as pursuing fundamental research focusing on key fundamental questions at the forefront of the field, we also work to develop new tools and techniques in nuclear technology, working closely with industrial partners in a wide range of societal applications. We are also strongly committed to our outreach program, inspiring the next generation of scientists and bringing the excitement of fundamental science to the wider public.

We are currently seeking for a highly qualified and motivated student with a strong research interest in nuclear physics. This project addresses the following fundamental questions: How do long- and short-range nucleon-nucleon correlations deplete the single-particle strength in asymmetric atomic nuclei? Answering this question for asymmetric nuclei is essential not only for understanding and modeling nuclear structure of finite nuclei far from stability but also to accurately account for the effects of correlations in systems such as neutron stars. Within this project, you will work on experiments probing nuclear structure and properties of exotic nuclei. The experimental work will be carried using the R3B setup at the FAIR facility in Germany. The experiments employ direct nuclear reactions and utilise state-of-the-art particle and gamma-ray spectroscopic tools and techniques, while they also involve sophisticated analysis methods of large data sets and computer simulations. These tools will help you build a solid background on experimental physics and help you develop valuable transferable skills. As part of this project you will also be traveling to other world-class international accelerator facilities around the globe to support the experimental investigations of the group and participate at international conferences to present your experimental results. The experience, skills and networking that you will develop through this PhD will be a valuable asset for pursuing a career in academia or industry.

Funding Notes

UK and EU students. Academic entry requirements: at least a class 2:1 MSc or MPhys degree in Physics.


The successful candidate will be based at the University of York but is expected to spend substantial amount of time at GSI, Germany.

This project will be advertised until a suitable candidate is found.

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