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PhD studentship on ATLAS Electroweak SUSY searches

School of Mathematical & Physical Sciences

Brighton United Kingdom Astrophysics Biophysics Optical Physics Other Particle Physics Solid State Physics Theoretical Physics

About the Project

The Sussex ATLAS group is one of the leaders in the search for Beyond the Standard Model (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 give competitive sensitivities for SUSY searches in Run-3 of the Large Hadron Collider (expected to start towards the end of 2021), 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 the student will work on the development, testing and commissioning of ID trigger algorithms to efficiently select electron-, muon- and tau-triggered events at the start of (and during) Run3 of the ATLAS experiment

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 research training support grant for three and a half years of £1,250 per year.


• Open to students from the UK, EU and Overseas.
• If you are not a UK national, nor an EU national with settled/pre-settled status in the UK, you may need to apply for a student study visa before admission.
• hold or expect to hold a UK upper second-class degree (or non-UK equivalent) in Physics or a closely-related area, or else a lower second-class degree followed by a relevant Master's degree.
We also welcome applications from independently-funded students interested in our experimental programme.

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