Structure and studies of exotic nuclei

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

Start date
1 September 2020
3 years (with possible 6 month extension)
Application deadline
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 2020-2021 is £14,777 p.a. tax-free).


The project will focus on either experimental or theoretical topics in nuclear structure and explosive astrophysical environments. Experimental work takes place mainly at leading leading international heavy-ion accelerator facilities including Argonne National Laboratory (Chicago), TRIUMF (Vancouver), GSI (Germany) and HIE-ISOLDE (CERN). This work makes use of a variety of state-of-the-art detector systems for for both charged-particle and gamma-ray spectroscopy. Our theoretical research is focussed on studying the atomic nucleus and its interactions with ab-initio methods and studies of nuclear reactions and dynamics. Here, we exploit high-performance computing and developments in theoretical physics.

We strongly encourage interested applicants, in both theory and experiment, to get in touch with us to discuss possible projects.

Related links
Centre of Nuclear and radiation physics

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

Eligibility criteria

Candidates must hold 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 topics including radiation detector systems, high-performance computing, C/C++ programming, data analysis and in performing Monte-Carlo simulations would be advantageous but is not essential. 

The studentship is only available to UK students.

IELTS requirements: A score of  6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category.

How to apply

Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship within the Nuclear Physics Group at the University of Surrey. We are seeking a motivated student in either Experimental or Theoretical Nuclear Physics, depending on the interests of the applicant.

The funding is for a three-year research programme leading to the degree of Ph.D.

Please contact Dr Daniel Doherty  prior to submitting your application

Applications should be made through the PhD Physics course page.

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


Application deadline

Contact details

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

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