Fully-funded EU PhD studentship at Queen’s University Belfast

January 9, 2018, from David Jess

A fully funded PhD studentship for **ANY** UK/EU student is available within Queen’s University Belfast under the topic of “Solar Physics with Biomedical Applications: Revealing the hidden science on micrometre to megametre scales”.

The project will involve intensive interdisciplinary work, combining observational, theoretical, computational and statistical techniques in both academic and industrial environments through the close collaboration with the global biomedical company Randox Laboratories Ltd. The student will make extensive use of current- and next-generation telescope and computing facilities, including the ground-based Rapid Oscillations in the Solar Atmosphere (ROSA) instrument that has been designed in-house at QUB, to examine the coupling of magnetic fields from their photospheric footpoints, through to their outermost extremities in the solar corona.

The imaging techniques developed by the PhD student will not only be beneficial for astrophysical research, but will also provide revolutionary enhancements for biomedical applications. Hence, the novel photometric approaches developed by the student will be streamlined, benchmarked and verified in a laboratory environment, and ultimately integrated into Randox Laboratories biomarker analysers to allow pioneering advancements to be made in the treatment of patients around the globe.

The research will be supervised by Dr. David Jess within the Solar Physics group in the Astrophysics Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, UK. The PhD studentship will start by October 2018 and is funded by Randox Laboratories Ltd. for 3 years, covering the fees (of a UK or EU student), annual stipend (currently about £14.5K plus an additional performance bonus), as well as travel support for both astrophysical and biomedical conferences.

Applicants should have (by the start date) a UK MSci (or equivalent) degree in physics, astronomy or a related scientific discipline with a 2.1 or higher classification (or international equivalent). Full application instructions can be found here:


The deadline for applications is Friday 9 February 2018. All applications received by then will be reviewed immediately, with interviews to be held shortly thereafter. The full PhD advertisement can be viewed here:


For more information contact Dr. Jess directly (d.jess@qub.ac.uk).