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University of Bristol: Developing the next generation of radiation detection systems for security applications

  • Research Group: Interface Analysis Centre, School of Physics
  • Fully funded PhD Studentship
  • Deadline: 5pm, Friday 28th February

Supported by the UK AWE and the Nuclear Security Science Network (NuSec), this fully funded PhD studentship will seek to extend the successful work previously undertaken at the University of Bristol to develop both radiation sensor materials and the corresponding algorithms necessary to locate and rapidly identify radioactive materials. You will work alongside academics and industrial collaborators, using cutting-edge equipment and facilities, with visits and trial deployments at partners sites across the UK.

This project is funded by NuSec (STFC) and AWE. The studentship provides funding for tuition fees, stipend (standard UKRI rate), and a research training and support grant subject to eligibility.

If you are interested to apply for the position, please get in touch with Dr Peter Martin or Professor Tom Scott. A formal application needs to be submitted through the University of Bristol online application portal.

Please choose “Physics PhD” as course, and mention “‘NuSec Radiation” as corresponding studentship advert and “Peter Martin” as contact person. Applications should include a Curriculum Vitae, contact information for two potential referees and a short letter outlining the applicant’s scientific interests, suitability and motivation to work on the topic.

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University of Bristol: Materials for Zero Carbon Energy Systems

PhD opportunities are available, involving developing new materials for nuclear energy systems and improving understanding and performance of existing materials. There is sufficient flexibility within the UoB research programme to carry out both modelling and experimental work. There is also opportunity for you to design, plan and then deliver experiments at central X-ray and neutron facilities in the UK and internationally. Your research work may result in significant industrial benefit – helping towards the UK’s zero carbon aims.

You will join the Solid Mechanics Research Group (SMRG) at UoB, which currently has eight academic staff and approximately twenty researchers (postdoctoral staff and research students). SMRG has substantial laboratory capabilities at Bristol, including the support of two full-time technicians. You will join a highly dynamic and well-resourced research group; you will receive excellent support for technical training, personal development and opportunities to attend international conferences.

Please contact Professor Chris Truman or Dr Mahmoud Mostafavi  with enquiries.


University of Bristol: PhD in Microscintillator radioactivity detector

This project offers an exciting opportunity to work at the interface between physics and engineering, and gain experience in industry.

The goal of this project is to carry out technical development of the instrument, such as discrimination of different particle types through simple pulse shape identification, and optimization of the detector and measurement system. The student will also use both physics and engineering software to model the device’s response and better understand and characterize its measurements in the atmosphere or in space.

Most of the project will be based at Bristol University, but some time (by arrangement) will also be spent working at Biral’s research and manufacturing facility at Portishead near Bristol.


PhD in Robotics

If you wish to study for a PhD or MSc by conducting research in Robotics, please send an email directly to the Research Lead of your area of interest with the following information in PDF format, ensuring the total file size of attachments is below 400kB:
  • A cover letter with your research interests. Please keep to 1 page.
  • A full Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • Details of your source of funding/scholarship sponsor.
We will then identify an Academic Supervisor who may be interested in your proposal and who will guide you through the application process.

PhD vacancies with GAU-Radioanalytical

All PhD projects linked to this research group at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton can be found via the link below.

TRANSCEND (Transformative Science and Engineering for Nuclear Decommissioning)

A collaborative research consortium of 11 universities and 8 industry partners. The £9.4million research programme comprises 40 projects which will address some of the key challenges within the areas of nuclear decommissioning and waste management.

All PhD projects linked to this research programme can be found via the link below.