PhD Studentship in Electronic and Computer Engineering

The College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences at Brunel University London is offering a funded PhD studentship within the Particle Physics Group, UK funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). One successful applicant will work on the MICE experiment based at STFC, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire.

This PhD studentship is for a period of up to four years commencing on or before October 2017. The successful applicant will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £16,553 plus payment of their full time Home-EU tuition fees.

The Particle Physics Group has been carrying out research in experimental particle physics for more than 25 years, with its current focus being the CMS experiment at CERN, the MICE experiment at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and Grid computing for particle physics (GridPP project).

The MICE collaboration aims to demonstrate the ionisation cooling principle for a muon beam by making one of the most precise measurements of emittance and its reduction through ionisation cooling. The successful candidate will take a leading role in the analysis of data taken in 2016 and 2017. The student will contribute to the precision measurement of beam emittance and emittance reduction across the MICE absorbers. Our aim is to make the most precise measurement of beam emittance ever. This is an exciting opportunity for a PhD student who will be based jointly at Brunel University London and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.


Applicants will have or be expected to receive a good undergraduate degree (upper second or first BSc) but ideally an MSci/MPhys degree, in Physics or a closely related subject, to be eligible for STFC studentships. Experience of C++ or python would be an advantage, and additionally knowledge and interest in particle accelerators and beam dynamics. The studentship also has eligibility criteria relating to UK residency, for full details of the STFC eligibility criteria and other information, please visit the STFC studentship website.

How to apply

If you wish to apply, please e-mail the following to Group Leader, Professor Peter Hobson ( as soon as possible: 

  • An up-to-date CV;
  • A single-page A4 personal statement setting out why you are a suitable candidate (i.e. outlining your qualifications and skills);
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees;
  • A copy of your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of English language capability to IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all sections), if applicable

Applications will continue to be accepted until all studentships have been filled.

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