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ATLAS / Data Analysis: investigating the nature of electroweak symmetry breaking and searching for new physics phenomena using diboson measurements.

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Applications accepted all year round Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

A position is open for an enthusiastic PhD student to conduct research at the energy frontier at the ATLAS experiment. The main topic is to investigate further the nature of electroweak symmetry breaking and to search for new physics phenomena using diboson measurements. Precise measurements of dibosons can also be combined to yield the best constraints on the electroweak Lagrangian describing the interaction between the W,Z and the Higgs bosons, which is directly relating to the nature of the electroweak symmetry breaking. This can yield stringent constraints on general new physics models. The PhD project will involve heavily data analysis, statistics, advanced analytical classification methods and possibly machine learning. The PhD will prepare equally well for a career in industry and academia.

Please send informal enquiries and a notification of your application to: Dr Kristin Lohwasser (,

Science Graduate School:
As a PhD student in one of the science departments at the University of Sheffield, you’ll be part of the Science Graduate School – a community of postgraduate researchers working across biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and psychology. You’ll get access to training opportunities designed to support your career development by helping you gain professional skills that are essential in all areas of science. You’ll be able to learn how to recognise good research and research behaviour, improve your communication abilities and experience technologies that are used in academia, industry and many related careers. Visit to learn more.

Funding Notes

You will hold a master (including integrated bachelor+master degrees, i.e. MSc, MPhys etc., or equivalent) in (Particle) Physics or a related discipline (Computer science, Astronomy) and should be open to work in an international environment.

If you submit your application after the 31 March 2019, you will be considered for any remaining funding, but please note all of our funding may be allocated in the first round.

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