SNO+ reactor antineutrino oscillation analysis




U. Sussex (main)


Clark Griffith

Closing Date:


Deadline: January 31st, 2022


Applications are invited from talented and creative students for a PhD place in Experimental Particle Physics, to join the Sussex group working on the SNO+ experiment under the supervision of Dr Lisa Falk. SNO+ offers a rich programme of neutrino physics, which includes neutrinoless double beta decay, antineutrinos from reactors and geothermal activity, solar neutrinos and a supernova watch. It is located at SNOLAB, 2 km underground in the Creighton mine in Canada. The experiment recently completed the filling of liquid scintillator. Data-taking, which commenced in 2017, will continue as we prepare for the introduction of the double beta decay isotope. The successful candidate is expected to work on the analysis of antineutrinos from nearby nuclear reactors, focusing on an oscillation measurement that will help resolve the current 2 sigma difference between the solar and reactor neutrino results from previous experiments. The student will also spend some fraction of their time developing software for the calibration of the experiment and for data quality assurance, as well as participating in SNO+ experimental operations. The project is likely to involve spending an extended period of time at SNOLAB.

Funding is available for a September 2022 start which includes a tax-free bursary (£15,560 per annum in 2021/22) and fully paid tuition 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 initially and will continue until positions are filled. Applications from self-funded students interested in available projects are also welcome at any time of the year.

For more details about the project, please contact Dr Lisa Falk: E.Falk@sussex.ac.uk.

For practical questions about applications and/or eligibility for funding, please contact mps-pgrsupport@sussex.ac.uk
For academic questions please contact the coordinator of EPP PhD admissions, Dr W. Clark Griffith: W.C.Griffith@sussex.ac.uk
Please state in the Finance section of the online form that you are applying for STFC EPP studentships.

Contact: Clark Griffith

Letters of Reference should be sent to: w.c.griffith@sussex.ac.uk