Data Intensive PhD positions

The School of Physics at the University of Bristol expects to offer several Ph.D. studentships associated with a STFC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Data-Intensive Science. This CDT has been established by a consortium of Bristol, Cardiff and Swansea Universities in order to deliver specialist training in data intensive techniques addressing science questions across particle physics, astrophysics and gravitational physics.

The studentships are for 4 years and include six months of industrial placement with partner organisations in the commercial, industrial or private sectors. These placements are likely to occur during the third year and will entail applying the data science techniques acquired during the PhD training to areas that do not necessarily relate to the thesis topic. Applications are welcome from UK, EU and other international applicants.

Bristol is offering research projects in both Astrophysics and Particle Physics to start in October 2017. Potential projects (with supervisors) include:


Particle physics

How to Apply

To apply for one of the studentships offered by Bristol, please use the on-line application system and follow the standard procedure for a PhD position in Physics (including all relevant supplementary information - CV, personal statement, transcripts and arranging for at least two academic references to be subsequently provided). Within the "Research Details" section mention "Data Intensive CDT" and whether you are applying for Astrophysics, Particle Physics or both. Applications will be considered as they are received until a deadline of Monday 29th May 2017.

Informal Enquiries

For further details about projects in Astrophysics please contact Professor Malcolm Bremer ( For those in Particle Physics, and for any general enquiries please contact Dr Henning Flaecher (

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The School of Physics is committed to good employment practices and a supportive working environment for all staff. We continuously review our working practices to ensure that all staff and students are well supported in their work and study. The school holds an Athena SWAN bronze award. The Equality Challenge Unit's Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. The School of Physics also holds an Institute of Physics Juno Practitioner award. The aim of the Institute of Physics Juno awards is to recognise and reward departments that can demonstrate they have taken action to address the under-representation of women in university physics and to encourage better practice for both women and men.

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