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Dark Matter Search with the LZ Experiment

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) is a project to build and operate a high-sensitivity dark matter experiment in the deep mine at SURF (South Dakota, USA) able to probe most of the WIMP parameter space region free from neutrino background. The PPPA group at the University of Sheffield is involved in the LZ experiment with a prime responsibility for developing software for modelling and data analysis, simulating background radiation and detection of various particles. The construction phase has been started in 2015 and the detector will be operational in 2020. The PhD project will include Monte Carlo modelling of the LZ experiment including its background and detector response, development of the analysis code and other software tools in preparation for the data analysis, detector construction and commissioning including onsite and offsite shifts, and analysis of data from the LZ experiment. There is an opportunity to spend 6 - 12 months in the USA and be involved in detector operation.

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

The successful candidate should have a good knowledge of particle physics and programming skills. The knowledge of nuclear physics and particle astrophysics is desirable.

UK students are eligible for STFC funded studentships. Non-UK students will need to have their own funding to cover fees and living expenses. Other options are available for exceptional students.

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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