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ATLAS PhD studentship on the search for BSM physics in electroweak SUSY

   School of Mathematical & Physical Sciences

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  Prof F Salvatore  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The Sussex ATLAS group is one of the leaders in the search for BSM physics in Electroweak Supersymmetry (SUSY) models. The successful applicant for this project will lead the search for SUSY in ATLAS data with specific emphasis on the production of SUSY particles via Vector Boson Fusion (VBF) and Initial State Radiation (ISR). These events are characterised by final states with two taus, one or two jets, and missing energy, coming from the decay of the SUSY particles, and are expected to hold competitive sensitivities for SUSY searches in Run-3 of the Large Hadron Collider (expected to start in Spring 2022), as well as at the future High-Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC). The student will apply new data science techniques (ML, MVAs, etc) and/or identify new variables, as well as study possible new triggers for the analysis. In addition to the data analysis work, the student will take part in the ATLAS Detector operations through work on the ATLAS Trigger system. The Sussex group is leading the ATLAS Inner Detector (ID) trigger system and has major involvement in the ATLAS Electron/Photon Trigger (EGamma), and the student will work on the development, testing and commissioning of trigger algorithms or trigger scale factors during Run 3 of the ATLAS experiment.

Additional financial support is provided to cover short-term and long-term travel. Interviews of shortlisted candidates will be held in February and March initially and will continue until positions are filled.

Applications from self-funded students interested in available projects are also welcome at any time of the year.

Applicants must hold, or expect to hold, at least a UK upper second class degree (or non-UK equivalent qualification) in Physics, or a closely-related area, or else a lower second class degree followed by a relevant Master's degree.

This award is open to UK and International students.

Funding Notes

• Fully-paid tuition fees for three and a half years.
• A tax-free bursary for living costs for three and a half years. From October 2021/22 this is expected to be £15560 per year
• A support grant for three and a half years of £1,650 per year for travel and conferences.
• If you are not a UK national, nor an EU national with UK settled/pre-settled status, you will need to apply for a student study visa before admission


Apply through the University of Sussex on-line system.
Select the PhD in Physics, with an entry date of September 2022.
In the Finance & Fees section, state that you wish to be considered for studentship no. EPP/STFC/03/2021
We advise early application as the position will be filled as soon as a suitable applicant can be found.
Due to the high volume of applications received, you may only hear from us if your application is successful.
For more details about the project, please contact Prof Fabrizio Salvatore:
For practical questions about applications and/or eligibility for funding, please contact
For academic questions please contact the coordinator of EPP PhD admissions, Dr W. Clark Griffith:
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