PhD opportunities in Particle Physics (Experiment and Theory) and Accelerator Physics at RHUL

The Centre for Particle Physics at Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL) is now recruiting postgraduate students to carry out research towards the PhD degree. The starting date of the studentships is October 2010. Deadline for receipt of applications - 1st March, 2010. Please see below for more information about our research, how to apply, contact details, funding sources, etc.

PhD research programmes

The Centre for Particle Physics has a long tradition of participating in Particle Physics experiments, and also has an Accelerator Physics group (part of the John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science). We are expanding into the area of Particle Physics theory/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, Accelerator Physics research towards the development of future particle accelerators, and Particle Physics theory/phenomenology.

In brief, our group's main interests in these areas are

  • 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 at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN has started collecting data and is now the highest energy proton collider in the world.

  • Accelerator Physics programme: development of novel electron accelerator diagnostics, such as laser-wire beam measurement devices, resonant cavity beam position monitors and beam generated radiation monitoring. We are also involved in studies leading to the realisation of a future linear collider, and upgrades of the LHC.

  • 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.

Funding for studentships from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is available to work in the programmes above. Additional funding opportunities, from RHUL, may also be available; please see below.

How to apply

The application procedure consists of two important steps:

  1. Complete the online application procedure for the RHUL Graduate School and submit it. (You should also save a copy of the application form.)
  2. Send a copy of the above application form by email to the director of Particle Physics postgraduate admissions (Dr Stephen Molloy), stating the date and time when you submitted your application.

Additional information


Egham, SURREY TW20 0EX, UK   Fax: +44 (0)1784 472794
Dr Stephen Molloy   e-mail:
RHUL - Physics Department    
Royal Holloway, University of London   Phone: +44 (0)1784 443505
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