PhD studentships

PhD studentships available for October 2017 start

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a number of  PhD studentship awards available within the Centre of Plasma Physics. Successful applicants should be available to start their projects in October 2017. 

The awards will pay full fees and maintenance of circa £14,553 per annum for UK Nationals or UK-residents of more than 3 years (nationality restrictions apply). Non-UK resident EU students are eligible for a fee only studentship. Candidates should hold the equivalent of a 1st class or 2:1 Honours degree in physics or a related subject. Preference will be given to candidates with a Masters degree.  

Studentship funding will be associated to the following projects:


Centre for Advanced and Interdisciplinary Radiation Research (CAIRR)  studentships (DfE Funded)

1. A comprehensive view of water-radiolytic reactions

Principal Supervisor: Prof Fred Currell


2. Proton irradiation of 3D cell models at ultrahigh dose rates

Principal Supervisor: Prof Marco Borghesi


3. Laser-driven Synthesis of Nano-particles for Therapeutic Applications

Principal Supervisor: Dr Gianluca Sarri


Centre for Plasma Physics PhD Studentship (funded by EPSRC)

Available Projects:

1. Novel approach to laser-driven multi-stage particle accelerator

Supervisors: Prof Marco Borghesi (Principal), Dr Satyabrata Kar


2. Laboratory astrophysics and planetary physics

Principal Supervisor: Prof David Riley


How to apply:

Applications must be made through the University electronic website at

For further information or details on the project please contact the supervisors.

·       The deadline for applications is  24 February 2017  at 17:00. All applications received by then will be reviewed immediately and interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

·       You can apply for any number of the research themes advertised for 2017 within one application. Follow these guidelines:

·       The “Title” of the proposed research area should be “Plasma Physics”

·       You have two possibilities to add information on what research project themes you wish to apply for. These are

·       the “Additional Information” box (500 character limit)

·       the one-page “Personal Statement” which can be found either on the portal web-page 1) or from this link.

·       There are three funding options listed on the application procedure:

·       Self Funding: This would mean you are willing to pay everything yourself and is not advisable unless you have very significant personal funds you are willing to use during a 3-year PhD.

·       Apply for funding via the portal: in this case you will be applying for funding either from the Northern Ireland Department for the Economy (DfE) or the Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) depending on the studentship

iClosing date:  24 February 2017 at 17:00