PhD Vacancies

We are pleased to receive enquiries for PhD positions at any time from suitably qualified and well motivated people who are interested in working in the Group. In general funding is only available to UK students, but the grant awarding bodies allow some flexibility in also funding highly qualified students from the EU.  There are special opportunities in magnetic resonance, where we are a member of the new UK Doctoral Training Centre in Integrated Magnetic Resonance.

Specific vacancies for PDRA positions will appear on this page as and when they arise.


PhD Projects

The School of Physics and Astronomy has an excellent track record of providing support for PhD students from Research Councils or through company sponsorship. There are two main ways of securing funding for a PhD. Firstly, the School has general sources of funding for which an application can be made, and secondly, specific PhD projects can be available with individual research groups, which have ear-marked funding. If you are a prospective postgraduate student, take a look at the School’s web pages for relevant information .

The Millimetre Wave and High-Field EPR Group at St Andrews is one of the oldest and most experienced mm-wave groups in the UK, and was the first group to have a modern pulse EPR instrument in the UK. The group previously ran the UK High Field EPR facility and (in collaboration with Manchester) the UK pulse EPR facility. We have also hosted the triennial European School on Advanced EPR Techniques.   Currently there are 5 PDRAs that work full-time in the group and another PDRA that works part-time. The group has well over 80 man-years of PDRA experience. Some of the key research facilities at St Andrews include:-

  • an extensive range of microwave and millimetre wave components and test and measurement equipment supplemented by specialised software packages
  • state of the art pulse EPR instrumentation
  • unique mm-wave and sub-mm-wave imaging radars
  • close collaborative links with other research groups in photonics, materials, biology and magnetism
  • excellent support e.g. mechanical and electronic workshops, clean rooms, helium liquefier

In terms of what you can gain from pursuing postgraduate research with the Group, our PhD graduates are highly employable, developing flexible scientific and practical skills and there has been strong demand for PhDs with such skill-sets. The blend of applied physics and engineering we offer in mm-wave technology is beneficial for future employment in both the industrial and academic worlds.  There is also now strong demand for graduates with knowledge of EPR – particularly for biological applications.    In general, there is a shortage of good graduates with experience in high frequency microwave techniques, so this is a good time to study mm-wave physics. Pulse EPR techniques are also becoming Additionally, with around 65 PhD students and 65 PDRAs in the School, there is a vibrant community to provide support and stimulation.


 PhD Projects in Electron Magnetic Resonance

We offer a wide range of EPR projects that can be instrumentation, methodology and/or application based.  We also offer PhD programs through the DTC in Integrated Magnetic Resonance.  This also provides training in NMR/EPR/MRI and DNP by some of the best groups in the UK and funding via the DTC provide larger stipends than standard PhD grants.  A list of potential PhD projects within the DTC is listed here.

There is also a strong overlap with the mm-wave technology part of the group as many of the techniques developed for magnetic resonance have also been applied to radar techniques.


MM-Wave Technology PhD projects in MM-Wave Technology

We offer a wide range of potential projects including:-

  • mm-Wave Radar :: design and development of mm-wave radar systems and components; characterisation of radar cross section / reflectivity of materials; investigation of FMCW radar modulation schemes; modelling of radar systems; signal processing and analysis of radar data; Doppler techniques.
  • mm-Wave Imaging :: design and development of passive imaging systems; close-focussed imaging for medical and industrial applications; real-time imaging techniques; simulation and modelling.
  • Instrumentation and Measurement :: design and development of instrumentation for high performance measurement; radiometry; reflectometry; spectroscopy; radar; mapping; characterisation of oscillator phase noise.
  • Atmospheric Propagation at mm-wavelengths :: measurement of the atmospheric propagation at mm-wavelengths; characterisation of interferometric receivers; analysis of propagation data – clear air turbulence & preciptation.
  • Ferrite material characterisation and device development :: characterisation of magneto-optical properties of ferrites, and dielectric index-matching materials; modelling of EM propagation in ferromagnetic materials; construction of Faraday rotator devices.

If you would like to know more about the kind of research we do in the Group, please explore our website fully, or contact us.