PhD Studentship on NOvA and DUNE Neutrino Oscillations (2021)

A fully funded Phd studentship in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of Sussex

Type of award

Postgraduate Research

PhD project

Applications are invited from talented and creative students for a PhD place in Experimental Particle Physics at the University of Sussex on the NOvA and DUNE long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiments. The recent discovery of the last neutrino mixing angle (theta13) has opened a door to discovering the pattern of the neutrino masses and whether neutrinos violate CP symmetry: two of the very last missing pieces of the standard model of particle physics extended to include neutrino masses. Neutrinos may provide the answer to the big question of why the universe is dominated by matter and not antimatter. With the NOvA experiment you will have the opportunity to compare data taken with a beam of neutrinos to those from a beam of antineutrinos, looking for differences. The physics reach of NOvA is unique due to its long 810 km baseline combined with the high power and well understood beam of (anti)neutrinos. The DUNE experiment is the successor to NOvA and will use huge liquid argon TPC detectors. With DUNE you will have the opportunity to help design and build the experiment for the future.


  • Fully-paid tuition fees for three and a half years
  • A tax-free bursary for living costs for three and a half years. From October 2021/22 this is expected to be £15560 per year
  • A research training support grant for three and a half years of £1,250 per year


  • Open to students from the UK, EU and Overseas.
  • If you are not a UK national, nor an EU national with settled/pre-settled status in the UK, you may need to apply for a student study visa before admission.     
  • hold or expect to hold a UK upper second-class degree (or non-UK equivalent) in Physics or a closely-related area, or else a lower second-class degree followed by a relevant Master's degree

We also welcome applications from independently-funded students interested in our experimental programme.


30 March 2021 11:00 (GMT)

How to apply

Apply online at

Select the PhD in Physics with a September 2021 start date.

State in the Finance & Funding section that you are applying for the STFC EPP studentship no. STFC/EPP/2020/03, “NOvA and DUNE Neutrino”

To be considered for more than one of our STFC EPP positions, include the studentship number(s) from our other advertisements in the Finance & Funding section.

Be sure to supply all of the required documents, particularly your transcripts and the details of two referees.

Due to the high volume of applications received, you may only hear from us if your application is successful.


Contact us

If you have practical questions about the progress of your applications or your eligibility, contact Emma Ransley at

For academic questions contact the coordinator of STFC EPP PhD admissions, Dr. W. Clark Griffith: or the supervisor of this project, Professor Jeff Hartnell,


The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found so early application is advised. 

Interviews of shortlisted candidates will be held in February and March initially and will continue until the position is filled.


At level(s):
PG (research)

Application deadline:
30 March 2021 11:00 (GMT)
the deadline has now expired


The award is available to people from these specific countries: