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Studies of coexisting nuclear shapes in exotic lead isotopes

   Department of Physics

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  Prof R-D Herzberg, Dr P Papadakis  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

The Universities of Liverpool, UK, and Jyväskylä, Finland, are looking for an enthusiastic PhD student to join our experimental programme for the study of shape coexistence in exotic nuclei.

The programme is aimed at improving our understanding of collective phenomena in exotic nuclei. Nuclei exist in a variety of shapes, such as spherical, oblate, prolate or pear shaped. The study of these shapes and in particular their coexistence in the same nucleus can provide a wealth of information on nuclear structure and enhance our understanding of how nucleons are arranged within the nucleus.

Several techniques exist which allow us to study these phenomena. One of the most powerful, is the simultaneous study of γ rays and internal conversion electrons. The state-of-the-art SAGE spectrometer was built to perform such studies at the Accelerator Laboratory of the University of Jyväskylä, an internationally recognized large-scale research infrastructure.

The PhD student will support further optimisation of the spectrometer to increase its efficiency and combine it with the newly-built MARA separator. She/he will then use SAGE combined to MARA to study shape coexistence in 190Pb. Instrument-based as well as physics results arising from this work will be published in peer-reviewed journals.

The project will take place at the Universities of Liverpool and Jyväskylä allowing the student to work in an established, dynamic international team of researchers. They will be able to participate in other experimental activities within the groups including experiments in other international laboratories, such as the ISOLDE facility at CERN.

Half of the PhD will be spent at the University of Jyväskylä and half in the University of Liverpool. The student will receive PhD titles from both institutes. As part of their contractual duties they will have to undertake teaching while at the University of Liverpool.

Required skills:
Eligible students must possess at least an upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in physics or a relevant subject from a UK university or possess an equivalent overseas degree.

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Funding Notes

The studentship will be funded jointly by the University of Liverpool and the University of Jyväskylä covering tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. The student will receive a tax-free maintenance grant currently set at £15,009 pa (set for 2019-20) while in Liverpool and a taxable salary of €28,100 pa while in Jyväskylä. Support will be available for participation in national and international conferences and scheduled travel between the Universities.
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