Investigation of exotic nuclei close to the proton drip line using the state-of-the-art MARA-LEB facility


The Universities of Liverpool, UK, and Jyväskylä, Finland, are looking for an enthusiastic PhD student to join our experimental programme for the investigation of exotic proton-rich nuclei.

The programme is aimed at improving our understanding of the proton-neutron interaction by probing nuclei which lie at the edge of stability. In order to access and study these nuclei, a combination of novel techniques will be combined to form a state-of-the-art facility.

The student will support the initial development and construction phase of the project and contribute to the first scientific measurements. He/she will gain knowledge and skills in a wide range of experimental techniques as well as simulation tools. Hands-on training with vacuum systems, ion-optical elements, buffer-gas purification, laser technology and so forth will be available. Instrument-based as well as initial physics results will be published in peer-reviewed journals.

The project will take place at the Accelerator Laboratory of the University of Jyväskylä, an internationally recognized large-scale research infrastructure. The student will work in an established, dynamic international team of researchers.

They will be required to spend half of their PhD in the University of Jyväskylä and half in the University of Liverpool and will receive PhD titles from both institutes. As part of their contractual duties the student will have to undertake teaching duties while at the University of Liverpool.

Required skills:

Eligible students must possess at least an upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in Physics or a relevant subject from a UK University or possess an equivalent overseas degree.

To apply for this opportunity, please click here.


Open to EU/UK applicants

Funding information

Funded studentship

The studentship will be funded jointly by the University of Liverpool and the Academy of Finland covering tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. The student will receive a maintenance grant currently set at £14,777 pa for 2018-19 while in Liverpool and a stipend of €26,400 pa while in Jyväskylä. Support will be available for participation in national and international conferences and scheduled travel between the Universities.