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Condensed Matter Physics PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships in the UK

We have 110 Condensed Matter Physics PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships in the UK

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  Applications of topology to soft matter physics
  Dr M Grant, Dr R Hepworth
Applications accepted all year round

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This project will address mathematical problems in the research field of algebraic topology, inspired by the theory of topological defects in soft materials.
  Boundary Effects in Active Matter Systems
  Dr F Ginelli
Applications accepted all year round

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he study of collective properties of active matter is a fast-emerging interdisciplinary research field.
  Enhancing predictability in chaotic systems
  Dr F Ginelli, Prof A Politi
Applications accepted all year round

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The goal of this research program – which involves theoretical analysis and numerical simulations -- is to apply fundamental results and recent developments (to which the supervisors significantly contributed) of dynamical system theory to enhance our ability to predict the future evolution of complex and chaotic dynamical systems -- such as weather and climate systems.
  Modelling the deformation of cells
  Dr F Perez-Reche
Applications accepted all year round

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Cells are the elementary building blocks of living organisms. The correct functioning of living organisms is therefore conditioned to the ability of living cells to withstand forces and deformations and to promptly adapt to their mechanical environment.
  New responsive electrolytes for energy conversion
  Dr A Martinez-Felipe, Dr M N Campbell-Bannerman
Applications accepted all year round

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Fuel cells have high efficiency, generate low levels of emissions, and can consume renewable sources, in combination with energy vectors, making them excellent candidates as for alternative power production technologies.
  Process models for Portland cement manufacturing
  Dr M N Campbell-Bannerman, Dr P Kechagiopoulos
Applications accepted all year round

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Cement is the most ubiquitous product after drinking water, with 4.1B tons produced in 2017 alone, enough for half a ton per person per year worldwide.
  Thermally superconducting and superinsulating nanofluids and their use in nanodevices
  Dr M N Campbell-Bannerman, Dr J Derksen
Applications accepted all year round

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Nanotechnology is the forefront of a new industrial revolution. As the scale of new devices shrink, the design bottle-neck becomes getting rid of waste heat.
  Quantum dynamics of frustrated spin systems
  Research Group: Condensed Matter and Photonics
  Dr S Giblin
Applications accepted all year round

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We investigate the magnetic spin dynamics of bulk systems as quantum effects start to become relevant at low temperature. We do this by looking at spin relaxation using a variety of experimental probes.
  Superconducting diamond as a bridge to the quantum mechanical world
  Research Group: Condensed Matter and Photonics
  Prof O Williams, Dr S Giblin
Applications accepted all year round

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We investigate the quantum properties of devices made from superconducting diamond. Diamond has obvious industrial uses because of its inherent hardness, but we are interested in exploiting its properties when it is doped with Boron.
  Index-near-zero-embedded optical resonators
  Dr M Ferrera
Applications accepted all year round

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Optical cavities (nanoantennas, micro-ring resonators, Fabry-Perot nanocavities, etc.) immersed in an index-near-zero environment will be modelled, fabricated, and characterised.
  Ultra-nonlinear epsilon-near-zero flat optics
  Dr M Ferrera
Applications accepted all year round

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Design and characterisation of different artificial materials for the design of ultra-fast tuneable photonics devices. Giant epsilon-near-zero nonlinearities are targeted to allow subwavelength manipulation of light in both classic and quantum regime.
  Intertwined order in correlated quantum systems
  Dr D Lee, Dr A Ho
Application Deadline: 16 November 2019

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What happens when different kinds of order occur at the same time in the same material? This basic question builds on a long line of studies in trying to understand the structure of matter, which has always been a key goal in physics.
  Long wavelength (>1400 nm) GaSb quantum ring VCSELs for consumer applications
  Prof M Hayne
Applications accepted all year round

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Vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) are high-speed, compact (low cost) laser diodes used in laser printing, datacoms and other applications.
  PhD Studentship in Nano-electronics: Resistive-switching memory devices (ReRAM/FeRAM/memristor) and its application in neuromorphic and in-memory computing systems
  Prof W Zhang
Applications accepted all year round

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Applications are invited for a PhD position in the Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU).
  Adding a New Layer to Biophysics
  Dr T Shendruk
Applications accepted all year round

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In recent years, there has been an explosion in applying liquid crystal theory to biological systems. Dense suspensions of swimming microbes, cytoskeletal components, fibrous tissues and bacterial colonies all exhibit properties associated with nematic liquid crystals.
  Adiabatic invariants in adiabatic quantum computers
  Dr A Zagoskin
Application Deadline: 30 September 2019

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Simulation and characterization of large quantum coherent structures, such as adiabatic quantum processors, meets inherent difficulties because of the dimensionality of the corresponding Hilbert space growing exponentially with the system size.
  Magnetic Thin Films for Energy Harvesting
  Dr K Morrison
Applications accepted all year round

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The spin Seebeck effect is a newly discovered phenomenon that manifests as the generation of a spin current when a magnetic material is subjected to a temperature gradient.
  Quantum Mechanics in Phase Space
  Dr M Everitt, Dr J Samson
Applications accepted all year round

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Reference. PH/ME-Un2/2019. School. School of Science. Location. Loughborough. UK/EU Fee band. Research Band 1 Classroom Based (£4,327).
  Spectroscopic signatures of topological quantum matter
  Dr I Rousochatzakis
Application Deadline: 30 September 2019

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The idea that strongly interacting spins in a solid can evade ordering down to zero temperature by forming a quantum spin liquid (QSL) has a long history [1].
  What’s the Matter with Walruses?
  Dr T Shendruk
Applications accepted all year round

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Walruses, the tusked and massive marine mammals, spend much of their time resting on polar sea ice, but when that ice recedes in the summer months, they must find shore.
  High Speed Additive Manufacturing of Ceramic/Metal Multi-material Structures
  Dr D Engstrom
Applications accepted all year round

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Reference number. DEUF2019. Start date of studentship. 1 October 2019, 1 January 2020 or 1 April 2020. Interview date. TBC. Supervisors.
  Nonlinear dynamics of topological insulators (Advert Reference: SF18/MPEE/MA)
  Dr Y Ma
Applications accepted all year round

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Topological physics is a central branch of modern physics, as evidenced by the Nobel Prize in Physics 2016. In particular, topological insulators have been extensively studied by condensed matter physicists since their discovery about a decade ago.
  EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Integration & Advanced Data Storage

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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Integration & Advanced Data Storage.
  Cooling mesoscopic electrons down to the quantum limit
  Dr J T Nicholls
Applications accepted all year round

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The study of mesoscopic semiconductor devices, where electrons are confined into submicron-sized dots and wires, has been extremely fruitful over the past 25 years.
  Defect structures and spin correlations in disorder-induced quantum spin liquids
  Prof J Goff, Dr L Mangin-Thro
Applications accepted all year round

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Entanglement defines the essential non-classical features of quantum mechanics, and long-range entanglement engenders exotic phenomena such as fractional quantum numbers and emergent topological excitations.
  On-chip superconducting microwave cavities for superfluid optomechanics
  Dr X Rojas
Applications accepted all year round

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Studying quantum effects in mechanical systems is appealing to both understanding the foundation of quantum theory, and developing applications in quantum technology.
  Probing Quantum States with Nano-Electro-Mechanical Systems (NEMS)
  Dr A Casey
Applications accepted all year round

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Nano-Electro-Mechanical Systems (NEMS) represent a new key disruptive technology providing potential solutions for research and industry across a wide range of sectors, from Quantum Information processing through physical sensors to biological sensor applications.
  Realizing quantum materials with atomically layered helium films
  Prof J Saunders
Applications accepted all year round

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Historically the study of helium has played a central role in condensed matter physics.
  Superconductivity of YbRh2Si2, a candidate topological superconductor
  Prof J Saunders, Dr L Levitin
Applications accepted all year round

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YbRh2Si2 is a canonical heavy fermion metal with a field tuned quantum critical point. In recent work we have developed transport measurements on high quality single crystal samples which show it to be a superconductor below 10 mK.
  Topological mesoscopic superfluidity of 3He
  Prof J Saunders
Applications accepted all year round

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Superfluid 3He is one of the most exciting and rich condensed matter systems we know. Over the past thirty years its intellectual impact has been felt in areas as diverse as unconventional superconductivity, cosmology and turbulence.
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