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Available PhD Projects in the Department of Physics

See available PhD projects in the Department of Physics

How to apply

Select a research programme and choose how you want to study.

Find a supervisor and develop your own project or choose one of our academic-led projects listed below. See further information on the application process and available support from the Doctoral College.

Funded PhD projects

We have a range of projects with funding attached on the FindaPhD website

See our available projects on FindaPhD

Projects with funding attached

The following projects are fully funded PhD projects.

Competitively funded PhD projects

The following projects are fully funded PhD projects, where rectruitment is subject to competition.

This project focusses on doping graphene materials with ionic liquids to reach high carrier densities and ultimately, finding new electronic states which have thus far only been predicted theoretically.

Supervisors: Dr Sara Dale, Dr Marcin Mucha-Kruczynski

This project focuses on classes of 2D materials that exhibit unconventional magnetism, originating from magnetic frustration, which is the result of competing exchange interactions that cannot all be satisfied at the same time.

Supervisors: Dr Adelina Ilie, Dr Kei Takashina, Prof Alain Nogaret

In this project we aim at recruiting a PhD candidate who will explore and master the understanding of the electronic structure in Tantalum dichalcogenides: TaS2, TaSe2 in their different polymorphic structures and also in the mixed compound TaS2-xSe_x.

Supervisors: Dr Enrico Da Como, Dr Simon Crampin

This project aims to develop theoretical and computational models for characterizing topological (or chiral) phonons in 2D and quasi-1D van der Waals materials like graphene and transition metal chalcogenides.

Supervisors: Dr Habib Rostami, Prof. Alison Walker

This project will tackle the challenge of achieving control over single-molecule reactions by using an STM to characterise individual these reactions, understand why different outcomes occur, and eventually cause entirely new reactions to happen.

Supervisors: Dr Kristina Rusimova, Dr Peter Sloan

This project aims to validate experimentally new approaches to generating frequency combs in microresonators through extending the range of material platforms the microresonators are made from.

Supervisors: Prof Dmitry Skryabin, Prof William Wadsworth

This interdisciplinary project focuses on the design and characterisation of de novo peptide-based biomaterials for improved tissue integration and regeneration, using cutting-edge imaging tools to quantify cellular behaviours towards building innovative implantable ‘smart’ materials.

Supervisor: Dr Soraya Caixeiro

This project will build and implement a novel variational method (Lagrangian data assimilation) to transfer information from time series recordings of the membrane voltage to systems of nonlinear equations (the model) that describe the time evolution of the neuron state.

Supervisor: Prof Alain Nogaret

Self-funded PhD Projects

The following PhD projects are available for self-funded students

Supervisors: Prof Ventsislav Valev, Dr Soraya Caixeiro

In this project we will build on initial developments in superconducting spintronics by exploiting recent breakthroughs in the ‘dry stamping’ of van der Waals heterostructure Josephson junctions. Layers of 2D ferromagnet will be integrated into the barrier regions of these structures to generate long range, parallel spin electron pairs, and realise novel types of very low dissipation electronic devices.

Supervisors: Prof Simon Bending, Prof Daniel Wolverson

This project involves ultrashort laser pulses to study nanomaterials of different shape and composition. We aim to build a quantum light source and to discover further new physical effects that will pave the way for nanorobotic and self-assembling meta-materials.

Supervisor: Prof Ventsislav Valev

  • Optical fibres for the Vacuum Ultraviolet

Fancy a challenge? Deep in the ultraviolet (below 190 nm wavelength) glass is not transparent, even air absorbs light strongly and mirrors do not reflect light well – so how can it be possible to make an optical fibre to take light round corners?

Supervisor: Prof. William Wadsworth

Available PhD Funding

There are number of funding schemes available to support your Doctoral studies.