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PhD Studentship on Novel Opaque Scintillator Detector R&D and Neutrino Physics

University of Sussex - Experimental Particle Physics

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Sussex, Brighton, Falmer
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: Tax-free bursary (£18,662 per annum in 2023/24) and fully paid tuition fees (at the Home student level) for 3.5 years
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 29th November 2023
Closes: 2nd February 2024
Reference: STFC/EPP/2023/03
 

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

You will have the opportunity to work on the exciting and counter-intuitive idea of using opaque scintillators as particle detectors. Traditionally, light travels through a transparent scintillator to a photosensor. Our approach, called LiquidO, embeds a lattice of optical fibres in an opaque scintillator with a short scattering length. The scintillation photons are stochastically confined close to the point of production via scattering and extracted by the fibres, removing the need for manual segmentation to create high-resolution imaging detectors. There are many applications in particle physics and beyond. Further information can be found here: https://youtu.be/Ccc3ecIoowk.

You will join one of the largest groups developing this technology world-wide. Prof Jeff Hartnell co-leads the CLOUD neutrino experiment, which will deploy a 10-ton LiquidO detector 35 metres from Europe’s most powerful nuclear reactor cores at Chooz in France on the timescale of this studentship. The Sussex group also has a strong programme of
in-house prototype development, construction, operation and analysis as well as characterisation of different scintillators and fibres.

This project also includes the opportunity to spend an extended period working overseas.

Home and Overseas students are eligible to apply.

UK students are eligible for home tuition fees, as are EU students with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme. Outstanding students not eligible for home fees may be considered for a partial tuition fee waiver above that level.

Funding is available for a September 2024 start which includes a tax-free bursary (£18,662 per annum in 2023/24) 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.

Applications close at 23:45 on 2nd February 2024.

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,
Dr Elisabeth Falk: E.Falk@sussex.ac.uk

To apply, please click the 'Apply' button, above.

Please state in the Finance section of the online form that you are applying for ‘STFC/EPP/2023/03’.

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