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School of Physical and Chemical Sciences

Neutrino Oscillations with the NOvA Experiment

Research Group: Particle Physics Research Centre
Number of Students: 1
Length of Study in Years: 4 Years
Full-time Project: yes


  • Available to Home and international applicants.
  • Applicant required to start in September 2024.
  • The studentship arrangement will cover home tuition fees and provide an annual stipend for up to three years (Currently set for 2023/23 as £20,622).
  • International students note that this studentship only covers home tuition fees and students will need to cover the difference in fees between the home and overseas basic rate from external sources. 

Project Description

The study of neutrino oscillations could help us to understand the origins of our matter-dominated Universe.  In this project, you will work on the long-baseline neutrino oscillation experiment, NOvA, which uses an intense accelerator produced neutrino beam to study neutrino oscillations.  A near detector characterises the beam at Fermilab, close to Chicago in the USA, and a far detector in northern Minnesota measures the oscillated neutrino spectra. You will conduct research into fundamental particle physics by using the NOvA data to measure the physical parameters governing neutrino oscillations.  This will involve the use of computer science techniques such as machine learning, and various statistical methods.  Previous experience writing code in Python and/or C++ is required, but there is no expectation of previous experience in machine learning. For more information on this project please contact Abbey Waldron (

Supervisor Contact Details:

For more information on this project please contact Abbey Waldron ( 

Deadline - 31st of January 2024

Application Method:

To apply for this studentship please select September entry in the following page:


The minimum requirement for this studentship opportunity is a good Honours degree (minimum 2(i) honours or equivalent) or MSc/MRes in a relevant discipline.

If English is not your first language you will require a valid English certificate equivalent to IELTS 6.5+ overall with a minimum score of 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in all sections (Reading, Listening, Speaking).

SPCS Academics: Dr. Abbey Waldron