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Fully-funded Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council PhD Scholarship

Fully Funded EPSRC PhD Scholarship in Antimatter Physics (Swansea-CERN)

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Closing date for applications: 1 June 2020

Start date:  1 October 2020

Project description: 

It is expected that equal amounts of matter and antimatter were created at the birth of the Universe. However, very little antimatter can be found today. In an endeavour to find whether hydrogen and antihydrogen have the same properties, the ALPHA collaboration (http://alpha.web.cern.ch), based at CERN, creates, holds and tests antihydrogen for precision comparisons of the two simplest antimatter and matter elements. Charge, parity and time invariance, which is central to the theory which leads us to conclude that once upon a time there was a matter/antimatter balance, demands that there is no difference between the two. Hydrogen has been extensively studied both theoretically and experimentally to a great precision. The collaboration has recently developed tools which makes it uniquely placed to attempt reaching an understanding with a similar precision in antihydrogen.

The successful PhD candidate will be fully integrated into the collaboration at CERN and will have the opportunity to participate in cutting edge research on the properties of antihydrogen including precision measurements of the 1S-2S transition energy and antimatter gravitation. This scholarship will involve developing time and frequency metrology, including work with state-of-the-art atomic clocks, frequency combs and laser systems.

The student will develop highly specialised skills related to antimatter production, it’s uses, charged particle storage and manipulation but also highly transferrable skills admired by industry related to quantum technologies, lasers and optics, computer programming, CAD & development, electronics, EM fields, vacuum technology, cryogenics, data and signal analysis to name a few and feature as an author on papers regularly published in high profile journals such as Nature.

Requirements:

Candidates must have a First, Upper Second Class Honours or a Master’s degree with Merit, in a relevant discipline.  Informal enquiries before the deadline for formal applications are welcome by emailing The Postgraduate Admissions Tutor, Dr Ardalan Armin (ardalan.armin@swansea.ac.uk) or Professor Stefan Eriksson (s.j.eriksson@swansea.ac.uk) and Professor Niels Madsen (n.madsen@swansea.ac.uk) from the Antimatter Group.

For candidates whose first language is not English, we require IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in each component) or equivalent. Please visit our website for a list of acceptable English language tests  We prefer candidates to have already met the English Language requirements at the point of application, although this is not a requirement.

Funding:

This is a three-year fully-funded EPSRC scholarship, which covers UK/EU tuition fees and an enhanced annual stipend of £25,000 which is inclusive of a CERN living allowance.

Studentships funded by EPSRC are subject to UK/EU residency eligibility.  

How to apply:

Candidates must complete and submit the following documentation by the stated deadline.  To apply for this studentship, please download and complete the research scholarship application form and Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Form and return them to the College of Science with the following:

  • Academic References – all scholarship applications require two supporting references to be submitted. Please ensure that your chosen referees are aware of the funding deadline, as their references form a vital part of the evaluation process. Please either include these with your scholarship application or ask your referees to send them directly to science-scholarships@swansea.ac.uk
  • Academic Transcripts and Degree Certificates – academic transcripts and degree certificates must be submitted along with the scholarship application by the funding deadline. We will be using these to verify your academic qualifications.
  • A recent CV
  • Candidates should use the ‘Supplementary Personal Statement’ section of the application form to explain why the award they are applying for particularly matches their skills and experience and how they would choose to develop the project.

Please email the documents to science-scholarships@swansea.ac.uk  and put ‘EPSRC 27 SCHOLARSHIP 2020-2021’ in the email subject header, or post them to:

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