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Fermilab SBND liquid argon neutrino detector commissioning and analysis

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, July 30, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Summary
A fully-funded PhD studentship in the Department of Physics and Astronomy for three and a half years

You will receive:
fully-funded tuition fees for 3 and a half years (at the UK/EU rate)
a tax free bursary for living costs for 3 and a half years. For 2018/19 this is £14,777 per year
a research training support grant for 3 and a half years of £1,250 per year

PhD project
A 3-and-a-half year PhD position is available in in the Sussex Experimental Particle Physics Group.

The University of Sussex Experimental Particle Physics group plays a critically important role in a number of experiments at the frontiers of our knowledge of particle physics, with main involvement in: the ATLAS experiment and its upgrades at the CERN Large Hadron Collider, the SNO+ neutrinoless double beta decay experiment at SNOLAB (Canada), the NOvA, DUNE, and SBND neutrino oscillation experiments at Fermilab (USA), and the Neutron EDM experiment at PSI (Switzerland).

A number of experiments have shown anomalies in neutrino oscillation results, hinting at a possible additional neutrino state beyond the three present in the Standard Model. The Short Baseline Neutrino programme at Fermilab aims to settle the question of whether or not the anomalies are real or not, with a set of three large liquid argon TPC neutrino detectors: ICARUS, MicroBooNE, and the Short Baseline Near Detector (SBND). SBND will begin taking data in 2020, and this project will involve helping with final installation and optimisation of the detector, and analysis of initial data. The detector technology used in SBND also provides the basis for the far detector planned for the next generation long baseline oscillation experiment, DUNE, and this project will also involve helping determine the final design for this future mega-experiment.

To be eligible you must:
be a UK/European Union (EU) student who has been resident in the UK/EU for at least three years.
have or expect to have a UK undergraduate/master’s degree, or equivalent, in Physics or a related subject.
We also welcome applications from self-funded non-EU students interested in our experimental programme

Procedure
Apply online at https://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/phd/apply

Select the PhD in Physics with a September 2019 start date.

In the Finance section, you should enter the name of the studentship, which is: Fermilab SBND liquid argon neutrino detector commissioning and analysis

Be sure to supply all of the required documents, particularly your transcripts and the details of two referees.

Due to the high volume of applications received, you may only hear from us if your application is successful

Contact
For practical questions about applications and/or eligibility for funding, please contact Rebecca Foster at:

For academic questions please contact the coordinator of EPP PhD admissions and the project supervisor, Dr. W. Clark Griffith:

Timetable
The position will be filled as soon as a suitable candidate is found so you should apply as soon as you are able to.

Related Subjects

How good is research at University of Sussex in Physics?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 24.72

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