The University of Sussex in the UK invites applications for the PhD Studentship on the SNO+ Neutrino Experiment in the 2018/2019 academic year.

The University of Sussex Experimental Particle Physics group plays a critically important role in a number of experiments at the frontiers of our knowledge of particle physics, with main involvement in: the ATLAS experiment and its upgrades at the CERN Large Hadron Collider, the SNO+ neutrinoless double beta decay experiment at SNOLAB (Canada), the NOvA and DUNE neutrino oscillation experiments at Fermilab (USA), and the Neutron EDM experiment at PSI (Switzerland).
Project Details

  • Applications are invited from talented and creative students for a PhD place in Experimental Particle Physics, to join the Sussex group working on the SNO+ experiment under the supervision of Dr Lisa Falk.
  • SNO+ offers a rich programme of neutrino physics, which includes neutrinoless double beta decay, antineutrinos from reactors and geothermal activity, solar neutrinos and a supernova watch. It is located at SNOLAB, 2 km underground in the Creighton mine in Canada. Data-taking commenced in 2017.
  • The successful candidate is expected to work on the analysis of antineutrinos, focusing on an oscillation measurement using nearby reactor sources.
  • The student will also spend some fraction of their time developing software for the calibration of the experiment and for data quality assurance, as well as participating in SNO+ experimental operations. The project is likely to involve spending an extended period of time at SNOLAB.
Worth of Award

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

  • You should have a physics or related degree, or be due to graduate before September 2018.
  • You should normally have a Masters degree or an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.
  • Your qualification should be in physics although we do accept applications from students who have studied in different subject areas such as mathematical physics, chemical physics or materials science.
  • You may also be considered for the degree if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.
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.

Deadline: applications close February 28, 2018

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