Investigating Hot and Strongly-Interacting Matter with Lattice QCD

Fully-funded PhD Scholarship 2018/2019

Project Supervisors:

Applications accepted all year round 

Start date:  1st October 2018

Project description: 

The most effective means of understanding strongly-interacting fundamental particles, such as quarks and gluons, is via numerical simulation of lattice QCD, a discrete formulation of quantum field theory, using state-of-the-art high performance computing. Working within the Swansea Lattice Field Theory group, and as part of the international FASTSUM collaboration, the PhD student will apply these techniques to one of a range of problems: our interests include excitations in the hot medium present in the first moments of the Universe and now briefly recreated in collisions between highly relativistic nuclei; theories of symmetry breaking in which the Higgs is not fundamental but rather a composite strongly-bound state; theories with a non-zero particle density applicable to the dense material found within nuclei and in neutron star cores; and theories of relativistic fermions moving in a two-dimensional plane, with applications to condensed matter /materials physics to systems such as topological insulators and graphene. 

The PhD is associated with a Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science, formed in 2017 as a consortium between cognate research groups in Bristol, Cardiff and Swansea Universities. The applicant will benefit from graduate-level courses in high-performance computing, data analysis and visualisation, and machine learning, as part of a cohort of 6 students across the three institutions. In addition, the student will be expected during the third year to undertake a six-month placement at a commercial/industrial partner organisation – this will give first-hand real-world experience of working using current data science techniques on a problem which need not necessarily relate to the thesis topic. This added dimension is reflected in the enhanced funding; the studentship will be of four years full-time duration. 

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Candidates must have a first, upper second class honours or a Masters degree with Merit, in a relevant discipline.  Informal enquiries before the deadline for formal applications are welcome by emailing

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.


This is a four year fully-funded STFC scholarship, which covers UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £14,777 updated each year.

How to apply:

Applicants must complete and submit the following documentation by the stated deadline.

To apply for this studentship, please download the Research Scholarship Application Form and return it 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
  • 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
  • Applicants 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 or post them to:

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