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PhD Studentship - Remote Deployment Methods to Enable Characterisation and Inspections for Deplanting and Waste Retrievals

University of Bristol - School of Physics

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bristol
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £15,009
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 12th February 2020
Closes: 31st March 2020

The project:

Introduction and Background

The UK was one of the first countries to adopt nuclear power, and we are also the first to decommission our legacy “Magnox” reactor fleet. This PhD project is an opportunity to be at the forefront of nuclear cleanup efforts, an important societal need. You will help inform the decommissioning strategy of these reactors by producing new inspection systems to characterise the inside of these reactors.

This project will focus on the characterisation techniques to inform the decommissioning strategy of the UK’s fleet of legacy nuclear reactors. A recent change to policy has meant that Magnox is considering dismantling and decommissioning of its reactor buildings, and information about the location of radioactive materials is required, which must be collected remotely.


You will work alongside academics and industrial collaborators, using cutting-edge equipment and facilities, with visits and trial deployments at Magnox sites across the UK. You will investigate techniques for characterisation and carry out deployments of your instruments inside Magnox nuclear reactors.


  • Develop working robotic inspection systems to characterise the inside of the UK’s Magnox reactor fleet.
  • Produce data pertaining to the inside of these reactors, contributing to the Magnox decommissioning strategy.

How to apply:

For informal enquiries and to learn more about the project, please make contract via email:

Please make an online application for this project at, selecting Physics PhD on the Programme Choice page.

Candidate requirements:

A first degree in physics, materials science, materials engineering or a related subject, normally at a level equivalent to at least UK upper second-class honours, or a relevant postgraduate master's qualification. Ideally a combined interest in experimental and modelling approaches.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Language requirements also apply.


Stipend: £16,009

Fees: covered

Travel/consumables: Magnox Ltd

Funding length: 4 years

Anticipated start date: Sept 2020.


For informal enquiries about the project please contact

For enquiries about the application process contact

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