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PhD position on the T2K and Hyper-Kamiokande experiments

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, January 31, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Measuring leptonic CP violation is a key ingredient to explain the current matter-antimatter asymmetry according to Sakharov’s conditions, which could be achieved from the study of neutrino oscillations. Key experiments in the measurement of CP violation in neutrinos are T2K, currently taking data, and Hyper-Kamiokande, planned for the next decade.

The King’s Experimental Particle and Astroparticle Physics Group consists of three academics, and three postdocs, who play key roles in both the T2K and Hyper-Kamiokande experiments, with strong experience in oscillation analysis and neutrino interactions. The successful PhD student will become a full member of the T2K and Hyper-Kamiokande international research collaborations, participating in detector operation service work and collaboration meetings. They will attend the University of London Particle Physics Postgraduate Lecture Course during their first year.

During this PhD, you will directly contribute to the challenging CP violation measurement at T2K, investigating methods to decrease the uncertainties related to the interactions of neutrinos with the detector. The analysis will focus on near (ND280) detector data analysis to develop new selections and improve the fits that allow us to extrapolate from near to far detector flux expectations.

A fraction of the work should also focus on R&D, in particular for the outer detector veto instrumentation, for Hyper-Kamiokande, whose design is currently being finalised.

Application Procedure


To be considered for the position candidates must apply via King’s Apply online application system. Details are available at https://www.kcl.ac.uk/physics/postgraduate/research-degrees

Please indicate your desired supervisor and quote research group [Experimental Particle and Astroparticle Physics Group] in your application and all correspondence.

The selection process will involve a pre-selection on documents, if selected this will be followed by an invitation to an interview. If successful at the interview, an offer will be provided in due time.

Funding Notes

Funding is available for 3.5 years and covers tuition fees at the level set for UK/EU students, c. £5,300 p.a. and a tax-free stipend of approximately £17,000 p.a. with possible inflationary increases after the first year.

References

Recent publications from the T2K experiment can be found here: https://t2k-experiment.org/publications/ and the Hyper-Kamiokande design report can be found here: http://inspirehep.net/record/1672899/

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