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PhD opportunities in Particle Physics at RHUL

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The RHUL Centre for Particle Physics is now recruiting applicants for studentships to carry out research towards the PhD degree. Applications are sought, preferably before the end of March 2009, for entry in October 2009.

The Centre for Particle Physics has a long tradition of participating in Particle Physics experiments, and also has an Accelerator Science group (part of the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science). At the moment we are expanding into the area of Particle Physics phenomenology: we are members of the recently created NExT Institute, and have recently appointed two new academic posts in this area.

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The Centre for Particle Physics at Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL) is now recruiting for studentships to carry out research towards the PhD degree. The starting date of the studentships is October 2009. Applications should be submitted before the end of 13 March 2009. Applications after this date will only be considered in the event a position remains unfilled. Please see below, under "Additional Information", for more information about the group, contact details, funding sources, and application form.

PhD studentships

The Centre for Particle Physics has a long tradition of participating in Particle Physics experiments, and also has an Accelerator Science group (part of the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science). At the moment we are expanding into the area of Particle Physics phenomenology: we are members of the recently created NExT Institute (New connections between Experiment and Theory), and have appointed two new academic posts in this area.

  The main research areas which we are now recruiting for are the ATLAS experiment in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN,
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  In brief, our group's main interests in these areas are
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  • ATLAS programme: analysis of the experimental data in order to search for the Higgs boson, supersymmetric particles and evidence of extra dimensions, and the physics of the top quark. We also have a major involvement in the trigger and data acquisition system. First ATLAS data is expected already in 2009.
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  • ATLAS programme: analysis of the experimental data in order to search for the Higgs boson, supersymmetric particles and evidence of extra dimensions, and the physics of the top quark. We also have a major involvement in the trigger and data acquisition system. The ATLAS experiment is expected to collect its first proton-proton collision data in Summer 2009.
 
  • Accelerator Science programme: development of novel electron accelerator diagnostics, such as laser-wire beam
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  • Phenomenology programme: phenomenology of Large Hadron Collider searches for dark matter candidates and for signatures of other new physics processes. Further information can be found here.
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Students in the experimental group spend their first three months following an intercollegiate course of lectures on advanced particle physics with students from other University of London colleges. In January of their first year they begin their project. They are likely to spend some time in the exciting atmosphere of CERN or other accelerator labs in their first and second years giving the opportunity of meeting students from many other countries as well as senior particle physicists and maybe a Nobel prizewinner or two. At the end of the first year there is a three-week summer school at RAL attended by all UK PhD students in particle physics and (group travel funds permitting) our students normally attend a summer school outside the UK at the end of the second year.
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Students in our group spend their first three months following an intensive training programme consisting of postgraduate-level lectures in their area of research. For instance, students in the experimental particle physics area attend several lecture courses on advanced particle physics topics, together with students from other University of London colleges. In January of their first year they begin their research project. They are likely to spend some time in the exciting atmosphere of CERN or other accelerator labs in their first and second years giving the opportunity of meeting students from many other countries as well as senior particle physicists and maybe a Nobel prizewinner or two. At the end of their first year the students will attend a two-week UK Summer School aimed at experimental or theoretical particle physics postgraduates, as appropriate: respectively, the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) Summer School and the British Universities Summer School in Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics (BUSSTEPP). In addition, our students normally attend a summer school outside the UK at the end of the second year.
  Funding for studentships from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is
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available to work in the ATLAS and Accelerator Science programmes. In addition, funding for EU PhD candidates is also available for projects on accelerator research within the Marie-Curie DITANET network. Funding for two studentships in the Phenomenology programme of the NExT institute is also available. Additional funding opportunities, from RHUL, may also be available.
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available to work in the ATLAS and Accelerator Science programmes. Funding for two studentships in the Phenomenology programme of the NExT institute is also available. Additional funding opportunities, from RHUL, may also be available; please see below.
 

Additional information

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  • The NExT institute (New connections between Experiment and Theory)
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  • Postgraduate Opportunities in Particle Physics at RHUL (poster)
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