STFC PhD Studentship: Novel Detectors for Astronomy and Nuclear Science (2017)

Applications are invited for a prestigious fully-funded 3.5 year STFC PhD studentship to join a world-leading research group working on new instrumentation for astronomy, space science, and nuclear physics. The successful applicant will become an expert on high performance X-ray and electron detectors made of synthetic (CVD) diamond.

The project provides a unique opportunity for experimental and theoretical work at the cutting edge and intersection of semiconductor physics and astronomy. It also provides an unparalleled opportunity to combine the best of academia with the best of industry: the student will split their time between the Semiconductor Materials and Devices Laboratory at University of Sussex, where the detectors will be characterised and modelled, and Micron Semiconductor Ltd in Lancing, West Sussex, where the detectors will be fabricated. Frequent travel will be expected between the two sites (approx. 25 mins by car).

The successful applicant will play a major role in the development of instrumentation which can operate in the most extreme conditions. Example applications of the instrumentation include planetary science (e.g. spectrometers for investigation of the radiation environment at Jupiter); monitoring of nuclear reactors; and future experimental particle physics.

Type of award

Postgraduate Research


£18,928 tax free stipend plus UK/EU fees waiver.


To be eligible for a full award a student must have settled or 'ordinarily resident' status in the UK. Students from EU countries other than the UK are generally eligible for a fees-only award. Read more:


30 August 2017 23:59 (GMT)

How to apply

Please visit: Please select Engineering PhD as your programme of study specifying Dr Anna M. Barnett as your preferred supervisor and clearly state the title of the PhD Studentship on your application.

Contact us

Please email Dr Anna M. Barnett


The deadline for applications is 17/07/2017


At level(s):
PG (research)

Application deadline:
30 August 2017 23:59 (GMT)
the deadline has now expired