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PhD studentships

2022 PhD Projects in CPP

We welcome applications from students wishing to undertake a PhD in the Centre for Plasma Physics starting in October 2022. Please also feel free to contact CPP academics directly to discuss potential opportunities.

The 7 projects below are associated to fully funded studentships (please click on the project titles below for further information):

Advanced mechanisms for laser-driven ion acceleration

Radiobiology with laser-driven ions at ultra-high dose rate

Laser energised travelling-wave accelerator for interdisciplinary applications

Laser driven neutron sources at high repetition rate

Development and characterisation of high-repetition rate proton sources using novel targets

Laser-driven positron sources for industrial and fundamental science applications

Synthesising Extreme Light Pulses for Applications in Intense Laser-Plasma Interactions

Funding: For eligible students, the studentships will cover full tuition fees plus a salary which for 2022/23 is currently set at £15,609 p.a. Some of the studentships are collaborative and offer a top-up of £2,000 p.a (details in project descriptions). The duration of the studentships will be either 3 or 3.5 years, depending on the project.

Funding eligibility: UK nationals and international students who satisfy UK residency criteria (settled/pre-settled status + 3 years ordinary UK residency) are eligible for funding.  Irish nationals resident in the ROI are also eligible for some of the studentships, please contact the supervisors or the Head of Centre (Prof. M. Borghesi, m.borghesi@qub.ac.uk) for further details . 

The additional three projects below have currently no confirmed studentship funding, but funding may become available at later stage for successful candidates. Please contact the supervisors if interested.

Photoionized plasmas in the laboratory

Experimental investigation of ultrafast radiation induced processes in matter and sub-picosecond switching in materials

Creating twisted electric fields to manipulate chiral matter  


Application instructions:

  • Applications for post-graduate studies must be made via the QUB portal. Applicants must hold a MSci/BSc/MSc degree in Physics or a relevant subject with a grade of a least 2.1 (or equivalent). 

  • All applications received by Friday February 11th 2022 will receive full consideration for CPP PhD positions.