Key measurements in nuclear structure and explosive astrophysical scenarios with radioactive ion beams

This project focuses on experimental work at the interface of astrophysics and nuclear structure by exploring the role of exotic radioactive nuclei in explosive astrophysical environments.

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 (at EU/UK level) and provides an annual tax free stipend for UK students (rate for 2019-2020 is £15,009 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 key investigations relevant to both nuclear astrophysics and nuclear structure physics. The experimental work will take place mainly at leading international radioactive ion beam accelerator facilities both in Europe and North America including TRIUMF (Vancouver), CERN and Michigan State University and will utilise a variety of state-of-the-art detector systems for for both charged-particle and gamma-ray spectroscopy.

This studentship included the possibility of a ‘long term attachment’, for a period of around 3 months, at an international accelerator facility. 

Related links
Centre for Nuclear and Radiation Physics (CNRP)

Eligibility criteria

Applications open to UK students only.

A first or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in an appropriate discipline (for example: 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 requirements: A score of  6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category

How to apply

Apply through the Physics PhD course page. 

Interviews will take place shortly after applications close.

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

Physics PhD

Application deadline

Contact details

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

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