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School of Physical and Chemical Sciences

Neutrino Physics with Short Baseline Neutrino Programme

Research Group: Particle Physics Research Centre
Number of Students: 1
Length of Study in Years: 3.5 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

It’s an exciting time for the Short-Baseline Neutrino (SBN) Programme at Fermilab! The Short-Baseline Near Detector (SBND) will soon switch on and see its first neutrinos.SBN is a suite of Liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber (LArTPC) detectors which will make world-leading measurements of neutrino oscillations over the 1km baseline of a Fermilab(USA)-based neutrino beam.   SBN will have the sensitivity to confirm, or definitively refute existing claims of sterile neutrino oscillations, at the level of 5σ. SBND, as the near detector for this oscillation measurement, will collect an unprecedentedly large number of neutrino interactions on argon, enabling crucial studies of how neutrinos interact with argon. This project offers the opportunity to become involved in these neutrino cross-section measurements with SBND, and contribute to searches for Beyond Standard Model (BSM) physics searches with SBN, as well as experience working directly with the SBND detector. Initially you will make important contributions to detector calibration: important characterisation measurements that allow us to understand how the detector behaves.  You will then pursue a physics analysis, focussing on measuring an electron-neutrino interaction cross-section.  There is the opportunity to spend time based at Fermilab as part of this project, during this crucial and exciting stage of the experiment.

Supervisor Contact Details:

For more information on this project please contact Nicola McConkey ( 

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. Nicola McConkey