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Department of Physics

Research studentships

See also the University's main postgraduate scholarships and bursaries page and Faculty of Science Funding Page . Overseas students could also contact the International Office about other funding possibilities. The British Council may have scholarships available – the possibilities vary from year to year and depend on your country of residence.

Research Councils UK

What is covered?

Home fees and a standard stipend of £14,553 (2017/18) per year for 3.5 years (to be confirmed, for guidance only).

Number

Typically 4 in Particle Physics and 7 in Astronomy funded by STFC and up to 5 in Atomic and Condensed Matter Physics funded by EPSRC Doctoral Training Account and Project Studentships.

Typical entry qualifications

A first class BSc, or at least a 2:1 MPhys or equivalent, or Masters degree

Eligibility

Candidates must have been resident in the UK for the last 3 years. Overseas students studying in the UK do not count as ‘resident’.

Closing date

Varies between research section. Check research section web pages for deadlines. Apply initially to the department.

More information

STFC or our research degree pages. EPSRC project studentships are advertised on the Atomic and Molecular Physics and Condensed Matter Physics pages.

Durham Doctoral Studentship

What is covered?

  • A tuition fee-wavier at either the Home/EU or International rate;
  • A tax-free maintenance grant set at the UK Research Councils' national rate, which in 2017/18 was £14,553 (to be confirmed for 2018/19; for guidance only); and

Number

Typically 1 or 2 per year in Physics.

Typical entry qualifications

Studentships are limited in number and very competitive so only applicants with a very strong application are likely to be chosen for consideration at the awards panel. If you wish to be considered for the DDS please indicate this on your admissions application. Please also provide a brief research proposal indicating your research interests as this is used to circulate your application to the correct section. Once applications are received they are assessment by the relevant research groups and those to be considered for DDS are nominated by staff within the Department. Nominations are then considered by an internal Departmental panel and a ranked short list is sent to the Faculty who meet and decide who will recieve the awards.

Eligibility

Open to all students.

Closing dates

The deadline for applications to be considerd for this award is 16th January 2018, but we encourage applications to be submitted as soon as possible.

More information

Student Financial Support Office and the Faculty of Science Funding Page

EPSRC project studentships are advertised on the Atomic and Molecular Physics and Condensed Matter Physics pages https://www.dur.ac.uk/cmp

SOFI CDT PhD Positions for October 2018

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces

Up to 16 fully-funded four-year PhD studentships are available in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces for October 2018 for graduates in the physical sciences including Physics.

The EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces (SOFI CDT) provides industrially-integrated, postgraduate training in research, enterprise and innovation for future leaders in the soft matter academic and industrial sectors. SOFI CDT combines expertise from Durham, Leeds and Edinburgh universities, industry and central facilities. It brings together more than 50 academics from departments of Physics, Chemistry, Food Science, Biology, Engineering, Computing, (Applied) Mathematics and Durham University Business School.
For further information on SOFI CDT and how to apply please visit the SOFI CDT website: www.dur.ac.uk/soft.matter/cdt/ and www.facebook.com/softmattercdt

Positions open in new EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training

A number of PHD positions will be available in the EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces (SOFI CDT).

For further information visit the SOFI CDT web pages (https://www.dur.ac.uk/soft.matter/cdt/) or contact Dr Lian Hutchings (l.r.hutchings@durham.ac.uk)

Astronomy Post-graduate Research Studentships

We are seeking graduate students to undertake research within our PhD and MSc programmes; the University regulations on the thesis/dissertation are outlined here.

STFC studentships: We expect to take on several STFC-funded students for a PhD degree, in addition to further students either self funded or with funding from different sources. Students will undertake full-time (or part time) cutting edge astronomical research, in addition to our post-graduate lecture courses in their first year: Astronomy and Astrophysics and Astronomical Instrumentation. More details on the application procedure and eligibilty are below. The STFC-funded PhD studentships cover course fees and living expenses for the duration of the studentship (typically 3.5 years); the eligiblility criteria for a fully funded STFC studentship is based on UK residency 3 years prior to the start of the studentship, unresticted rights to remain in the UK and be citizen of a European Union member state. STFC provides further guidelines about information and eligibility rules for STFC studentships . Applicants are required to have, or expected to gain, at least a 2.1 in an integrated MPhys or a pass in a Masters degree or a 1st class in a Bachelors degree, in physics, astrophysics or mathematics.

Given the large size of the astronomy group at Durham, each year we restrict the number of astronomy staff who offer STFC-funded PhD projects to about 10. We find that this provides a broad range of PhD projects while also making it (substantially) easier for potential students to select their preferred projects. The staff members who are likely to offer a STFC-funded PhD project this year include Prof. Alexander, Prof. Bower, Prof. Chadwick, Prof. Cole, Dr. Eke, Dr. Fumagalli, Prof. Jenkins, Prof. Lacey, Dr. Li, Dr. Massey, Prof. Morris, Prof. Smail, Prof. Theuns and Prof. Ward.

Project booklet (STFC-funded students): This booklet provides details of the STFC-funded PhD projects that are available for an October 2017 start. The project booklet for 2018 will be added shortly. Shortlisted candidates for STFC studentships will be invited for interviews; see below for the interview dates this year. For other potential students please also consult our group research web pages and contact staff that you would be interested in working with.

Please Note: All applications received before January 31st 2018 will be considered in full. For further information regarding other funding opportunities available and about the Astronomy group please refer to http://icc.dur.ac.uk/index.php?content=Postgraduate/Postgraduate

Skyrmion Project PhD studentship: Magnetic Skyrmions in thin Films

Project Description

Applications are invited for a Durham University 3.5 year fully funded PhD studentship in the growth and characterization of magnetic skyrmions in thin films to work with Professor Peter D. Hatton and Dr. Aidan Hindmarch in the Department of Physics at Durham University. The project is part of the UK nationally funded Skyrmion Project involving groups at Durham, Cambridge, Oxford, Southampton and Warwick universities The full time studentship, includes a stipend of £14,140 per year, fees and support for research costs and conference travel.

The successful candidate will join the Skyrmion Project, a UK national consortium of eight academics in five different institutions which have secured £7M in funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Universities and Industry project partners. This is an exciting opportunity to join a large national consortia for postgraduate research in the hottest area of magnetism and condensed matter physics and to undertake research in an area of national strategic importance.

The research student will undertake sputtering and pulsed laser deposition growth of thin films of skyrmionic materials. Structural and magnetic characterization will include x-ray and neutron reflectivity measurements, a.c magnetic susceptibility, Lorentz field transmission electron microscopy, magnetic field microscopy to study the dynamics and velocity of skyrmions in thin films and devices. The project will be jointly supervised by professor Peter D. Hatton and Dr. Aidan Hindmarch. There will be opportunities to travel and work with the other skyrmion project partners and industrial laboratories.

Applicants should have or expect to attain a good first or upper second class honours degree in physics, materials science or a related subject.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 1st February 2018. Please submit applications electronically via the Durham University, Department of Physics website https://www.dur.ac.uk/physics/postgraduate/prospectivestudents/.

The start date is October 2018. Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to either Professor Peter Hatton (p.d.hatton@durham.ac.uk) or Dr. Aidan Hindmarch (a.t.hindmarch@durham.ac.uk).

Due to funding requirements the post is only open to UK and EU students

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 (tom.lancaster@durham.ac.uk)
directly for more information.

Skyrmion Project PhD studentship: Magnetic Skyrmions in Single Crystals

Project Description

Applications are invited for a Durham University 3.5 year fully funded PhD studentship in the growth and characterization of magnetic skyrmions in single crystals to work with Professor Peter D. Hatton in the Department of Physics at Durham University. The project is part of the UK nationally funded Skyrmion Project involving groups at Durham, Cambridge, Oxford, Southampton and Warwick universities The full time studentship, includes a stipend of £14,140 per year, fees and support for research costs and conference travel.

The successful candidate will join the Skyrmion Project (https://www.skyrmions.ac.uk), a UK national consortium of eight academics in five different institutions which have secured £7M in funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Universities and Industry project partners. This is an exciting opportunity to join a large national consortia for postgraduate research in the hottest area of magnetism and condensed matter physics and to undertake research in an area of national strategic importance with other academic staff, postdoctoral research associates and other PhD students.

The research student will study magnetic skyrmions (both Bloch and Neel type) in bulk chiral crystals as well as dipole-stabilised skyrmions, biskyrmions and anti-skyrmions in bulk centrosymmetric crystals prepared at Warwick University and elsewhere. Crystals will be studied either on aligned polished surfaces, or prepared in thin lamealle using focussed ion beam lithography. Structural and magnetic characterization will include a variety of techniques including resonant small-angle x-ray scattering and neutron reflectivity measurements, a.c magnetic susceptibility, Lorentz field transmission electron microscopy, x-ray holography etc. The purpose is to aid our understand the structure, dynamics and properties of skyrmions in skyrmion-hosting crystals. The project will involve in-house research at Durham as well as the use of national and international synchrotron and neutron facilities. The project will be supervised by Professor Peter D. Hatton. There will be ample opportunities to travel and work with the other skyrmion project partners and industrial laboratories.

Applicants should have or expect to attain a good first or upper second class honours degree in physics, materials science or a related subject.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 1st February 2018. Please submit applications electronically via the Durham University, Department of Physics website https://www.dur.ac.uk/physics/postgraduate/prospectivestudents/.

The start date is October 2018. Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Professor Peter Hatton (p.d.hatton@durham.ac.uk)

Due to funding requirements the post is only open to UK and EU students

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