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Advanced Materials for the Detection of Ionizing Radiation

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

This project will involve the preparation and characterization of new bulk and nanoparticle materials for the detection of ionizing radiation by optical methods. Bulk samples will be made using our low humidity and low oxygen content glove boxes, and our radiative and RF furnaces. Nanoparticles will be made in our laboratories using methods that include reverse micro-emulsion. The materials will be characterized and studied by x-ray diffraction, TEM, photoluminescence, transmittance, thermally stimulated luminescence, optically stimulated luminescence, radioluminescence, and Raman spectroscopy using facilities at Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) and Callaghan Innovation.

The successful candidate will join the world leading Radiation Imaging and Detection Group [1] that is located at VUW. The group includes members from Callaghan Innovation, GNS Science, I2M Labs, and Wellington Hospital. Access to additionally resources is available from the MacDiarmid Institute of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology [2] where the PhD supervisor is one of the Principal Investigators. The MacDiarmid Institute is a Centre of Research Excellence comprising universities and other institutions throughout New Zealand. The university is located in Wellington, New Zealand [3], which is a very scenic city and offers a mild year round climate.

Applicants should have a physics degree equivalent to the 4-year BSc (Honours) degree in New Zealand, with 1st class Honours, or an MSc or postgraduate Diploma. We are seeking a highly motivated person with an excellent academic record and a good understanding of condensed matter physics. Candidates should satisfy the requirements for admission as a PhD candidate at Victoria University of Wellington [4].


[1] http://www.victoria.ac.nz/scps/research/research-groups/xray/
[2] http://macdiarmid.ac.nz/
[3] http://www.wellingtonnz.com/
[4] http://www.victoria.ac.nz/fgr/prospective-phds/qualifications-required.aspx

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