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Centre for Materials Physics

Available PhD Projects

International Self-funded Students

We are accepting applications from international self-funded students in all areas of research in CMP. Please contact your preferred supervisor or the Head of Section. An application form is available online.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces

Fully funded four-year PhD studentships are available for graduates in physics, chemistry, food science, engineering, (applied) mathematics and related subjects to join the SOFI CDT. Please see the SOFI CDT webpages for more details (applications open for 2017 cohort).

Ph.D. Studentship: High field Superconductors for Fusion Energy

A fully funded 3.5 or 4 year Ph.D. studentship is available with flexible start dates. For details see:

A 3.5 year PhD studentship is available with a start date of October 2018 to study properties of skyrmions in magnetic materials.

The project involves both theoretical and experimental research and forms part of the UK Skyrmion Project. The aim of this PhD project is to elucidate the nature, stability and excitations of magnetic materials that host skyrmions. The work will primarily involve carrying out a combination of electronic structure calculations and muon-spin spectroscopy experiments at international facilities such as ISIS the Paul Scherrer Institut. Muons are subatomic particles that act as microscopic probes of solids and is a mainstream experimental technique in condensed matter physics and has provided key insights into magnetism, superconductivity, semiconductor physics and charge transport. The theoretical work will use and develop first principles density functional methods using in-house and national supercomputing facilities and will both underpin our knowledge of the materials and also aid the interpretation of our muon spectrocopy results. The wider aim of the Skyrmion Project is to investigate three key challenges of skyrmionics research: (I) materials discovery and crystal growth; (II) fundamental science and (III) engineering to application, with this project forming part of challenge II. The PhD student will be expected to liaise with researchers and groups within Durham, our partners within the UK and international groups with whom we have collaborations as part of the work of the Programme.
The project is supervised by Prof Tom Lancaster and Prof Stewart Clark at Durham. Please contact Tom Lancaster (
directly for more information.