Decay spectroscopy studies of exotic nuclei

This project aims to explore the properties of some of the most exotic radioactive nuclei and assess their role in exploding stars and evolving nuclear structure.

Start date

7 October 2019


3 years (with possible 6 month extension)

Application deadline

Funding source

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

Funding information

This is a research council funded studentship. The studentship covers the University tuition fees (in the EU/UK) and provides an annual tax-free stipend for UK students (rate for 2019-2020 is £14,777 p.a. tax-free).


Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship within the Experimental Nuclear Physics Group at the University of Surrey.

The funding is for a three-year research programme leading to the degree of PhD. The project will focus on experimental investigations for key topics in both nuclear structure and explosive astrophysical environments. The experimental work will take place mainly at leading international heavy-ion accelerator facilities including Argonne National Laboratory (Chicago) and GSI (Germany) and will utilise a variety of state-of-the-art detector systems for both charged-particle and gamma-ray spectroscopy.

Related links

The Centre for Nuclear and Radiation Physics (CNRP)

Eligibility criteria

A first class or upper second honours degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in an appropriate discipline (e.g physics or mathematics and physics).

You should be able to demonstrate excellent mathematical, analytic, programming skills. Some previous experience with radiation detector systems, experience with C/C++ programming and in performing Monte-Carlo simulations would be advantageous but is not essential. 

IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category.

How to apply

Please apply online via the Physics PhD course page.

Two references are required and referee details can be supplied on the online application.

Interviews will take place shortly after applications close on 14 April 2019.

Physics PhD

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Contact details

Daniel Doherty
17 BC 04
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 686802

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