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Dark matter search with DUNE

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Saturday, February 29, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

Project Description

The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) will be the next generation neutrino observatory. This 40 ktonne liquid argon TPC will be located 1 mile underground in the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in South Dakota and be exposed to the world’s most intense accelerator driven neutrino beam from Fermilab near Chicago. Its science goals are to study neutrino oscillation, determine if there is CP violation in the lepton sector and make precision measurements of oscillation parameters. It will also search for GUT signals like proton decay or neutron anti-neutron oscillations and act as a telescope for neutrinos coming from supernova explosions and the sun. In addition, dark Matter can be gravitationally trapped in the sun, annihilate, and produce neutrinos, which can then be detected by DUNE. This studentship would involve developing the methods for triggering and detecting dark matter generated neutrinos as well as determining the sensitivity to these signatures. The student will work at the interface between theory and experiment, especially in the DAQ system. Some of the algorithms developed during the studentship can be tested in the next run of the ProtoDUNE detectors at CERN in 2021. The project is under the supervision of Professor Simon Peeters, in partnership with the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) Particle Physics Department (PPD). RAL-PPD is at the heart of the UK activities in DUNE, providing overall leadership and project management in the UK as well as the international technical lead for DAQ systems of the far detector.

For more details about the project, please contact Prof Simon Peeters: ).
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:
Please state in the Finance section of the online form that you are applying for STFC EPP studentships.

Funding Notes

Full funding is available to UK nationals for a September 2020 start, with a tax-free bursary (£15,009 per annum in 2019/20) and tuition fees for 3.5 years. Additional financial support is provided to cover short-term and long-term travel. Interviews of shortlisted candidates will be held in February and March. We also welcome applications from self-funded non-UK students interested in our experimental programme.

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