10 Full-time funded PhD Studentships: The Open Uni. 620 views

The Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at The Open University invites applications for full-time funded PhD Studentships  for an October 2019 start; projects are divided into different categories based on the disciplines and the range of backgrounds expected from applicants.

  • Physics
  • Physics Education
  • Astronomy
  • Planetary and Space Science
  • Space Instrumentation

Number of positions: likely to be at least 10 full-time PhD studentships available, funded by STFC and the OU.

Duration and value: The three-year research studentships provide a maintenance grant of £14,777 per year (2018-2019 rate) and all academic fees are covered.

More information:

  • Candidates may apply for multiple projects
  • Applications are welcome from UK-based, non-UK and non-EU applicants.


  • Completed application form may be sent to STEM-SPS-Phd-Admin@open.ac.uk (reference: 11821) with following attachments:
  • up to date CV
  • List of individual courses taken and grades obtained
  • Personal statement
  • Any other relevant information that may be considered
  • Indication of project(s) of interest

Interview date: 14/15 March 2019

Projects available:


P1: Testing quantum correlations in a cold atoms platform for quantum computation

Contact: Silvia Bergamini

P2: Understanding electron-induced damage in biomolecular clusters

Contact: Sam Eden

P3: Electron impact neutral dissociation of triamotic molecules

Contact: Jimena Gorfinkiel

P4: Theory of quantum simulators for unconventional superconductors

Contact: Jim Hague

P5: Combining AI techniques with physics for novel arterial growth algorithms

Contact: Jim Hague

P6: Electronic structure and dynamics of adsorbed and condensed phase PAHs

Contact: Holly Hedgeland and Anita Dawes

P7: Quantum correlated probes for weak field sensing

Contact: Calum MacCormick

P8: Electron and positron scattering data for radiation bio-matter modelling

Contact: Jimena Gorfinkiel

Physics Education

PE1: Next generation Physics assessment by neural network application

Contact: Holly Hedgeland


A1: The search for realistic interstellar ice analogues: ice films, icy aerosols and molecular clusters

Contact: Anita Dawes

A2: Ice-mapping in the JWST Era

Contact: Helen Fraser

A3: Light-field motion tracking in laboratory studies of planet formation

Contact: Helen Fraser

A4: Unveiling the structure and reactivity of interstellar ice with neutron scattering studies

Contact: Helen Fraser

A6/PSS11: Asteroid spin and surface properties

Contact: Ulrich Kolb

A7: Variable stars in the SuperWASP all sky survey

Contact: Andrew Norton

A8: Finding distant galaxies with generative adversarial neural networks

Contact: Stephen Serjeant

Planetary & Space Science

PSS1: Volatile accretion and impact histories of early-formed planetesimals

Contact: Mahesh Anand

PSS2: The stratigraphic history of Arabia Terra, Mars

Contact: Matt Balme

PSS3: Tectonism in western Arabia Terra, Mars

Contact: Matt Balme

PSS4: The icy climate of Mars

Contact: Stephen Lewis

PSS5: Dust devils on Mars: analysing local wind patterns using atmospheric models and observations

Contact: Stephen Lewis

PSS6: Limits of habitability of the icy moons

Contact: Karen Olsson-Francis

PSS7/SI10: Characterisation of the NOMAD detector on the ExoMars TGO mission to Mars

Contact: Manish Patel

PSS8: Geological mapping in Mercury’s southern hemisphere

Contact: David Rothery

PSS9: From the Colorado Plateau to Mars: using magmatic intrusions into sulphate-rich sediments for Martian habitable environments

Contact: Susanne Schwenzer

PSS10/SI11: The feasibility of in situ VOC analysis on icy bodies

Contact: Simon Sheridan

PSS11/A6: Asteroid spin and surface properties

Contact: Ulrich Kolb

Space Instrumentation

SI1: Development of curved silicon detectors for space telescopes and ground-based astronomy appliations

Contact: Andrew Holland

SI2: WFIRST AFTA-C: Challenges in direct imaging of ExoPlanets in a harsh radiation environment

Contact: Nathan Bush

SI3: Development of the scientific P-Channel CCD for space applications and modelling in-flight performance

Contact: Ben Dryer

SI4: Development of an Imager for CubeSatellites

Contact: Andrew Holland

SI5: Microwave extraction of oxygen from lunar simulants

Contact: Andrew Morse

SI7: Prospecting for lunar resources

Contact: Andrew Morse

SI8: Advanced CMOS image sensor technology for precision astronomy at ESO

Contact: Jesper Skottfelt

SI9: The flight X-ray camera on the NASA ‘OGRE’ sounding rocket

Contact: Matthew Soman

SI10/PSS7: Characterisation of the NOMAD detector on the ExoMars TGO mission to Mars

Contact: Manish Patel

SI11/PSS10 The feasibility of in situ VOC analysis on icy bodies

Contact: Simon Sheridan

—————–Quick Overview————-
Organization The Open University
Country UK
Fellowship Level Doctoral
Subject areas Physics, Physics Education, Astronomy, Planetary and Space Science, Space Instrumentation
Fellowship amount Funded
Eligibility Open to all nationalities
Deadline 15th February 2019

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