PhD studentship on the NOvA neutrino experiment and detector R&D (2023)

PhD Studentship in the EPP group

What you get

  • Fully-paid tuition fees for three and a half years.
  • 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 

Type of award

Postgraduate Research

PhD project

Applications are invited from talented, creative, and motivated students for a PhD place in Experimental Particle Physics to join the Sussex group working on the NOvA neutrino experiment and doing detector R&D under the supervision of Prof Jeff Hartnell.

On NOvA you will have the opportunity to work towards answering the question of the neutrino mass hierarchy and to develop the search for leptonic CP violation. The group plays leading roles in both the 3-flavour neutrino oscillation analysis and the joint analysis with T2K. Across NOvA, reconstruction, machine learning and calibration are areas of expertise. The Sussex group has a long history of neutrino research and a number of senior leadership roles internationally, including overall physics analysis coordination for NOvA.

For the detector R&D part you will have the opportunity to work on the exciting new idea of using opaque scintillators. Instead of relying on light travelling to the outside of a transparent scintillator, a lattice of fibre optic cables is embedded in an opaque scintillator that allows light to be collected near its point of origin. This concept is expected to have many applications since it combines high resolution and fast imaging of particle interactions with what is expected to be relatively straightforward, lower-cost manufacture.

This project also includes the opportunity to spend an extended period of time at Fermilab in the USA or at a lab in Europe.

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.

For more details about the project, please contact Prof Jeff Hartnell J.J.Hartnell@sussex.ac.uk.

For practical questions about applications and/or eligibility for funding, please contact mps-pgrsupport@sussex.ac.uk

For academic questions please contact the coordinator of EPP PhD admissions, Prof Iacopo Vivarelli: I.Vivarelli@sussex.ac.uk

Applications: https://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/phd/apply

Please state in the Finance section of the online form that you are applying for STFC EPP studentships.

Eligibility

Applicants must hold, or expect to hold, at least a UK upper second class degree (or non-UK equivalent qualification) in Physics, or a closely-related area, or else a lower second class degree followed by a relevant Master's degree.

This award is open to UK and International students.

Deadline

28 February 2023 16:00

How to apply

Apply through the University of Sussex on-line system. 

https://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/phd/apply/log-into-account

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/2023/03.

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 Prof Jeff Hartnell J.J.Hartnell@sussex.ac.uk.

For practical questions about applications and/or eligibility for funding, please contact mps-pgrsupport@sussex.ac.uk

For academic questions please contact the coordinator of EPP PhD admissions, Prof Iacopo Vivarelli: I.Vivarelli@sussex.ac.uk

Applications: https://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/phd/apply

Availability

At level(s):
PG (research)

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

Countries

The award is available to people from these specific countries: