PhD Studentship on the SBND Neutrino Experiment (2023)

PhD studentship in the EPP group.

What you get

  • Fully-paid tuition fees for three and a half years at the home fee status.
  • A tax-free bursary for living costs for three and a half years (£17,668 per annum in 2022/23).
  • Additional financial support is provided to cover short-term and long-term travel.
  • If you are not a UK national, nor an EU national with UK settled/pre-settled status, you will need to apply for a student study visa before admission.

Type of award

Postgraduate Research


Applications are invited from talented and creative students for a PhD place in Experimental Particle Physics, to join the Sussex group working on the SBND experiment under the supervision of Dr Clark Griffith. A number of experiments have shown anomalies in neutrino oscillation results, hinting at a possible additional neutrino state beyond the three present in the Standard Model. The Short Baseline Neutrino (SBN) programme at Fermilab aims to settle the question of whether or not the anomalies are real or not, with a set of three large liquid argon TPC neutrino detectors: ICARUS, MicroBooNE, and the Short Baseline Near Detector (SBND). SBND will begin commissioning in 2023, and this project will initially focus on tuning and optimisation of the detector with commissioning data, with the opportunity to spend a significant amount of time located at Fermilab during this crucial and exciting stage of the SBN programme. The project will also involve an analysis searching for evidence of dark neutrino signals in SBND data, a possible Beyond the Standard Model (BSM) explanation for short baseline anomalies seen in the MiniBooNE experiment.

Funding is available for a September 2023 start which includes a tax-free bursary (£17,668 per annum in 2022/23) and fully paid (at the Home student level) tuition fees for 3.5 years. Additional financial support is provided to cover short-term and long-term travel. Interviews of shortlisted candidates will be held in February and March initially and will continue until positions are filled. Applications from self-funded students interested in available projects are also welcome at any time of the year.


28 February 2023 16:00

How to apply

Apply through the University of Sussex on-line system.

Select the PhD in Physics, with an entry date of September 2023.

In the Finance & Fees section, state that you wish to be considered for studentship no EPP/2023/02

We advise early application as the position will be filled as soon as a suitable applicant can be found.

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

Contact us

For more details about the project, please contact Dr Clark Griffith:

For practical questions about applications and/or eligibility for funding, please contact

For academic questions please contact the coordinator of EPP PhD admissions, Prof Iacopo Vivarelli:


At level(s):
PG (research)

Application deadline:
28 February 2023 16:00 (GMT)


The award is available to people from these specific countries: