PhD Studentship on the SNO+ Neutrino Experiment (2018)

The University of Sussex Experimental Particle Physics group plays a critically important role in a number of experiments at the frontiers of our knowledge of particle physics, with main involvement in: the ATLAS experiment and its upgrades at the CERN Large Hadron Collider, the SNO+ neutrinoless double beta decay experiment at SNOLAB (Canada), the NOvA and DUNE neutrino oscillation experiments at Fermilab (USA), and the Neutron EDM experiment at PSI (Switzerland).

Applications are invited from talented and creative students for a PhD place in Experimental Particle Physics, to join the Sussex group working on the SNO+ experiment under the supervision of Dr Lisa Falk. SNO+ offers a rich programme of neutrino physics, which includes neutrinoless double beta decay, antineutrinos from reactors and geothermal activity, solar neutrinos and a supernova watch. It is located at SNOLAB, 2 km underground in the Creighton mine in Canada. Data-taking commenced in 2017. The successful candidate is expected to work on the analysis of antineutrinos, focusing on an oscillation measurement using nearby reactor sources. The student will also spend some fraction of their time developing software for the calibration of the experiment and for data quality assurance, as well as participating in SNO+ experimental operations. The project is likely to involve spending an extended period of time at SNOLAB.

Type of award

Postgraduate Research


£14553 (2017-18) per annum tax-free bursary and waiver of fees each year for 3.5 years. Full-time study


You should have a physics or related degree, or be due to graduate before September 2018.

Further details on our entry requirements can be found at


28 February 2018 23:59 (GMT)

How to apply

Apply through the Sussex on-line system

Please state in the Finance section of the online form that you are applying for STFC/MPS EPP studentships (UK and EU nationals), or the relevant scholarship for non-EU nationals.

State in the Funding Information section of the application form that you would like to apply for this studentship, giving the title of the project as above.

Applications should include a CV, as well as transcripts of marks obtained on your degree(s) and the names and contact details of two academic referees. Please also include an overview of why you are suitable for this position and your reasons for applying.


This is a full-time studentship. With agreement of the supervisor the student may take on a limited amount of teaching, for which additional payment will be made.

The award includes an additional training grant of £1650 p.a. for short courses, books, travel, conferences etc.

The Experimental Particle Physics Group research webpages can be found here:

Contact us

Informal enquiries should be sent to Dr Lisa Falk

For academic questions, please contact the coordinator of EPP PhD admissions, Dr W. Clark Griffith

Enquiries about your eligibility, the progress of your application and admission to Sussex, should be sent to Rebecca Foster


Early application is advised. The studentship will be allocated as soon as a suitable candidate is found. Interviews of shortlisted candidates will be held from February 2018 until the positions have been filled.

Start date at Sussex: September 2018

First payment of the award bursary: 1st October 2018


At level(s):
PG (research)

Application deadline:
28 February 2018 23:59 (GMT)
the deadline has now expired