The University of Sussex Experimental Particle Physics group plays a critically important role in a number of experiments at the frontiers of our knowledge of particle physics, with main involvement in: the ATLAS experiment and its upgrades at the CERN Large Hadron Collider, the SNO+ neutrinoless double beta decay experiment at SNOLAB (Canada), the NOvA and DUNE neutrino oscillation experiments at Fermilab (USA), and the Neutron EDM experiment at PSI (Switzerland).
We are presently offering several fully funded studentships on these experiments available to UK and EU nationals for a September 2017 start. Funded studentships cover a tax free bursary (£14,553 per annum in 2017/18) and home/EU fees for 3.5 years. Additional financial support is provided to cover short-term and long-term travel. Interviews of shortlisted candidates will be held in February and March. There are also funding opportunities for non-EU students to work on projects in our group through a China Scholarship Council/Sussex joint scholarship (open to Chinese nationals) and the Sussex Chancellor’s International Research Scholarship (open to any nationality).
Type of award
£14553 (2017-18) per annum tax-free bursary and waiver of fees each year for 3.5 years. Full-time study
You should have a physics or related degree, or be due to graduate before September 2018.
Applications are invited for a prestigious fully-funded 3 year PhD studentship in Space Instrumentation at the University of Sussex. The successful applicant will join the MicroADS mission team in the Space Research Group. MicroADS is a novel satellite attitude determination system which offers star-tracker levels of performance in a much smaller instrument. It is anticipated that MicroADS will be flown on a LEO demonstrator mission in c.2021.
Type of award
About the PhD Studentship
You will work on developing the MicroADS instrument hardware and on board instrument software, with the exact split between these activities determined by your aptitude and the instrument’s needs. Your work will include development and characterisation of the instrument optics, electronics, and interfaces with spacecraft systems. The PhD requires a strong practical/experimental background in physics and/or spacecraft engineering.
About the Space Research Group
The Space Research Group conducts fundamental and applied work in a variety of areas related to space science, spacecraft engineering, and high performance hardware for terrestrial environments. The group is particularly well known for its world-leading contributions in: X-ray spectrometers for astronomy and planetary science; e– spectrometers for space plasma physics; radioisotope microbatteries; compound semiconductor material physics; spacecraft GNC systems; and extreme environment instrumentation. The Space Research Group is entrepreneurial, business-focused, and committed to the highest quality of scientific research.
About the PhD supervisor
The PhD will be supervised by Prof. Anna M. Barnett. Prof. Barnett is Professor of Space Research and Director of the Sussex Space Research Group. She is an experimental physicist with internationally recognised expertise in detector physics and instrumentation for space science and extreme terrestrial environments (high temperature, intense radiation). As of April 2018, Prof. Barnett holds research funding totalling >£2M in value. She has won numerous prizes and awards including the 2016 Philip Leverhulme Prize, and she is the youngest person ever awarded a Personal Chair at University of Sussex (equivalent to a US Full Professor with Tenure).
The University of Sussex is delighted to offer the prestigious Stuart Hall Scholarship, which the University offers every year to one student in the Department of Media and Film. The Scholarship is worth £5,000 and is awarded as a tuition fee reduction.
Type of award
Tuition fee reduction
The scholarship is awarded as a £5,000 tuition fee reduction.
To be eligible for this scholarship, you must have accepted an offer of a full time place on a Masters in the Department of Media and Film. Courses in this department include:
Cultural and Creative Industries MA
Digital Documentary MA
Digital Media MA
Film Studies MA
Gender and Media MA
International Journalism MA
Journalism and Documentary Practice MA
Journalism and Media Studies MA
Media and Cultural Studies MA
Media and Practice for Development and Social Change MA
You must also:
Have, or expect to achieve, a first class honours or 2.1 degree from a UK university, or equivalent degree from an overseas institution
PhD Studentship: Inertial sensors and lattices for Quantum Technology
A 3.5 year PhD position is available in in the Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Group with Prof. Barry Garraway in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Sussex.
The position consists of current fees and a yearly stipend of £14296 which can be supplemented by tutoring. The position also includes an annual travel allowance. You should have a physics, electrical engineering or related degree.
The physics of ultra-cold atoms provides fantastic opportunities for the development of new ideas with applications such as new and more precise sensors in quantum technology. This theory project is expected to co-operate with experimental work: the PhD student will take a leading role in the development of techniques for the control of ultra-cold atoms. The work aims to make theoretical studies of quantum systems in topologies such as atoms in elongated traps, rings, lattices, shells and toroids. The work may have applications to interferometry, rotation sensing, accelerometers and quantum information processing.
The project will build on recent proposals to make microwave loop traps  and lattices  for ultra-cold atoms that may be used for model condensed matter simulations and quantum information processing on a grid. For a recent review of related work see . The project is mostly theoretical, but there may be an opportunity for experimental work, too. The project will be connected to work in the UK Quantum Technology hub in sensors and metrology as the work in this project is highly relevant, as underpinning science, to the development of quantum technologies.
The University of Sussex is located a short distance from the city of Brighton and Hove. It is a vibrant seaside location, boasting beautiful views and a huge range of activities and attractions. The city has great transport links, and the area is surrounded by unique villages and the South Downs National Park.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified and motivated individuals to take up new PhD studentship opportunities in the School of Law Politics and Sociology.
Scholarships, in the form of full fee waivers, are available from September 2018 for a period of three years. There may also be an exceptional stipend of approximately £14,500 awarded to the best PhD applicant in the School.
Successful applicants will be expected to make an
active contribution to the School’s research culture in their departments and
any School-based research centres that map on to their research project.
The University of Sussex welcomes applications from outstanding international applicants, from across all subjects, for 10 fully funded Chancellor’s International Research Scholarships.
Scholarships are tenable for one year in the first instance, renewable annually for a maximum of 3 to 3.5 years, depending on the subject.
The scholarship covers international fees and provides a stipend that matches that provided for UK doctoral students by the UK Research Council. Find out more about latest stipends levels. The scholarship also provides a Research Training Support Grant (RTSG)
Type of award
Fees, stipend plus a Research Training Support Grant (RTSG)
Applicants must be classified as an international fee paying student and able to commence their PhD in September 2018 or January 2019
Applicants must meet the University’s academic entry requirements and the IELTS English Language Requirements contained in the postgraduate prospectus.
There is no separate application form, to be considered for this scholarship applicants should enter the title of the scholarship in the finance section of their PhD application
The Sussex MBA Scholarship is available on a competitive basis to UK, EU and international applicants who have accepted a place on The Sussex MBA (full-time or part-time) commencing in 2017.
Applicants who can demonstrate upwards of five years of management experience and/or have graduated with a first-class honours degree, or other relevant qualification, are eligible to apply for a £5,000 scholarship and applicants with 3-5 years of management experience and/or have graduated with an upper second-class honours degree, or other relevant qualification, are eligible to apply for a £3,500 scholarship.
Type of award
£5,000 or £3,500
You must hold an offer of a place on the MBA course by 30 September 2017. You cannot be in receipt of this award and any other University of Sussex funded scholarship.
PhD Studentship: Control of Waste Heat Recovery System in Heavy Duty Truck
Applications are invited for a full-time PhD studentship in the School of Engineering and Informatics, University of Sussex. The University of Sussex is a top 20 university in the UK, just less than one hour by train to Central London.
This studentship focuses on modelling and control of waste heat recovery systems used to capture the heat from the exhaust and coolant of internal combustion engines in heavy duty trucks to produce some forms of usable mechanical or electrical work. The successful candidate will develop control algorithms that constantly adapt to the heat source variations due to different driving conditions in order to maximise the fuel efficiency of the engines in heavy duty trucks in both simulation and real-time experiments.
Type of award
£14,553 tax free stipend plus a fee waiver to the UK/EU amount
A global model of greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and land use change.
A high priority for global climate protection is reducing greenhouse emissions from agriculture and land use change. These now account for around one tenth to one-fifth of all global greenhouse gas emissions. Hence, it is crucial to understand how different forms of sustainable and unsustainable agriculture influence the rate of emissions, and what can be done to reduce these emission rates.
Computer models are indispensable for these studies because they make a link between agricultural processes and emission rates. While several models have been developed that link agriculture and greenhouse gases, an open and important research question is the uncertainty of these models. The objective of this PhD project will be to implement a greenhouse gas emissions model in an existing continental-scale land use model (LandSHIFT) and to investigate the uncertainties of the model. Identifying the main sources of uncertainties will accelerate the improvement of this class of models and make them more useful for identifying strategies for reducing emissions from agriculture and other land use.
The PhD project will include the following main components:
Survey of existing models for modelling greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and other land use, and selection of appropriate models for linkage with LandSHIFT.
Design, implementation, and testing of a greenhouse gas emissions model as a component of “LandSHIFT” (see above). Application to a test scenario.
Usage of global sensitivity analysis techniques to quantify the uncertainties of different categories of land-related greenhouse gas emissions.
To accomplish these tasks the PhD student will work closely with the his/her Supervisor at the University of Sussex and with the LandSHIFT modelling team at the University of Kassel in Germany.
Type of award
Postgraduate research award.
HEU fee waiver and RCUK stipend equivalents for 3.5 years.
For this PhD studentship Sussex University is looking for a Masters’ graduate in informatics, computer science, geostatistics, or other discipline concerned with computational science. A strong interest in applying computational science to critical environmental problems is required, but prior experience in computer modelling is desired but not required.
Non UK applicants will also need to demonstrate IELTS qualification with 6.5 overall and not less than 6.0 in each section (or equivalent.)
Please note that applications are welcome from non-UK applicants on the understanding that the fee waiver is set at Home/EU rates only.
Apply for PhD in Geography, September 2017 entry via our online system:
Please make it clear in the application that you are applying for the LAND USE CHANGE PhD.
Mention name of Prof Alcamo in “suggested supervisor” section. In funding mention sponsored or seeking funding. In Award details mention Sussex Sustainability Research Programme funded studentship.
Include brief statement of interest (up to 2 pages) plus CV/resume, two academic references, UG/PG transcripts and IELTS/TOEFL as appropriate.
Only full time students will be accepted. We reserve the right to reject incomplete applications.
The deadline for applications is 15th September 2017. Shortlisted applicants will be informed as soon as possible after that date and may be required to undertake an interview (either in person or via SKYPE.)
Further information about the work of the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme can be found from:
Continental-scale modelling of water quality is a new branch of science which aims to provide a continental-scale overview of water pollution in rivers and the cause of this pollution. It is used to identify hot spot areas of rapid changes in river quality and how these changes are linked to global issues such as food security, the conservation of biodiversity, and climate change.
Although continental-scale models cover “conventional pollutants” such as bacteria and decomposable wastes, they do not yet include pharmaceutical residues and other “new contaminants”. The presence in river water of pharmaceutical residues, including antibiotics, is of concern because it can contribute to the build-up of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the aquatic environment. In addition, pharmaceutical residues and other chemicals can disrupt the endocrine systems of people that ingest river water, either as drinking water supply, or for bathing, washing clothes, and other household purposes.
The main objectives of this PhD project are to extend an existing continental-scale water quality model, “WorldQual” to include key pharmaceutical chemical residues, and to use the extended model to estimate the current levels of these residues in world river systems.
The project will involve three main steps:
Developing and implementing a methodology for computing the wastewater loadings of key pharmaceutical residues on a country and grid-cell basis.
Implementing changes in the existing WorldQual model to simulate the river concentrations of pharmaceutical residues.
Validating the new model of river pharmaceutical residues.
To accomplish these tasks the PhD student will work closely with the his/her Supervisor at the University of Sussex and the WorldQual modelling team at the University of Kassel in Germany.