PhD Studentship on DUNE Supernova Triggering (2018)

Applications are invited from talented and creative students for a PhD place in Experimental Particle Physics at the University of Sussex on the DUNE experiment, with an emphasis on supernova searches. The ideal applicant is a keen programmer with an interest in the more technical aspects of the experiment. DUNE will accurately measure neutrino oscillations using a beam from Fermilab, at 1300 km distance. With a 40 ktonne sensitive volume of liquid argon, DUNE also has a unique sensitivity to neutrinos from supernovae within our galaxy. The observation of such an event would provide a unique view of supernovae as well as provide important information on the properties of neutrinos. To make optimal use of this, our group is involved in the design of the trigger for supernovas, which drives the overall design of the data acquisition system. With DUNE you will have the opportunity to help design and build the experiment for the future, as well as be involved in physics studies of neutrinos from supernovae. The project is likely to involve spending an extended period at Fermilab.

What you get

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

Type of award

Postgraduate Research


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

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 Simon Peeters (

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