UK: PhD Studentship on Dark Matter At University of Sussex.

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Description: The Dark Matter group from the University of Sussex is seeking a highly motivated PhD student to work on the DEAP-3600 dark matter direct detection experiment. The group at Sussex is responsible for delivering the tools, operation and analysis of the optical calibration of the experiment.

The studentship is shared with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and the applicant is expected to spend 18 months there to work on the operation of a prototype for the DEAP-3600 experiment under the daily supervision of Dr Pawel Majewski.

The student will help develop the optical calibration hardware, including hardware design, Monte-Carlo simulation and analysis of the relevant data. The student will also be directly involved in the dark matter analysis.

This project is jointly funded by the School of Mathematical & Physics Sciences and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

The supervisor at the University of Sussex is Dr Simon Peeters (

Award amount: £13726 tax-free bursary per year, plus a waiver of UK/EU fees, for three years

Eligibility: Candidates must have a first class degree in Physics or equivalent qualification and good knowledge of particle physics. Experimental experience or Monte-Carlo experience is advantageous.This studentship is open to students from the UK, EU and Ex-EU. Due to funding limitations, the award does not cover the higher fees payable by Ex-EU students. The additional fees would be payable by the student, or a third party sponsor, and will be approximately £11600 per year.

How to Apply:

Use the University of Sussex on-line admissions system to be found at:

State in the Other Information / Funding section that you are applying for the “Dark Matter studentship with Dr Simon JM Peeters”. Ex-EU students should state in this section of the form how they propose the remaining fees should be funded.

You will need to submit your CV and the name of two referees.

Please confirm your on-line submission with an email to

Applicants should be prepared to be contacted by telephone during the selection process.


Final date for applications: Friday 30th August 2013. The expected start date is 19th September 2013. Early application is strongly advised as we will appoint as soon as the right candidate is found.

Informal enquiries:

For general enquiries contact Dr Simon JM Peeters. Tel: +44-(0)1273-678128.


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