PhD Scholarships – Radiation Detection Doctoral Network

The Radiation Detection Doctoral Network is a new collaborative doctoral training programme that provides industrially-relevant PhD research projects. The network is hosted by the Universities of Surrey and Sussex, in collaboration with our industrial partners National Physical Laboratory, Kromek, Hilger Crystals, and Rapiscan Systems.

Project 1: Investigation of the stability of Silicon Photomultiplier based gamma and neutron detectors (University of Surrey, with NPL and Kromek)

This project will study the stability and performance of silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs) and their application to a new generation of handheld detector systems. The effect of external conditions on SiPM performance will be investigated (eg. temperature, humidity) and applications in homeland security and environmental monitoring will be developed.

Project 2: Next generation scintillator-based detector arrays for fast CT systems (University of Sussex, Rapiscan Systems and Hilger Crystals)

This project will identify next generation scintillator-based detector arrays for fast CT imaging systems, investigating scintillator performance and manufacturing processes and developing systematic testing protocols. The study will include detailed computer (GEANT4) simulations of optical transport and radiation deposition processes in scintillator materials.

Please note these projects started in 2018/19 and are due to finish in 2022.