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PhD studentship on ATLAS top-antitop plus vector boson final state analysis

   School of Mathematical & Physical Sciences

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  Dr Kate Shaw  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Applications are invited to join the Sussex experimental particle physics team working on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. The student will work under the main supervision of Dr Kate Shaw.

The Sussex ATLAS group has had a long standing and significant involvement in the final state top-antitop plus vector boson analyses to search for New Physics beyond the Standard Model. The focus of the PhD project will be to significantly contribute to these efforts using ATLAS Run-3 data of the LHC expected to start taking data in 2022. The successful applicant will be trained in advanced analysis techniques and in data science, such as in machine learning, and apply them to develop dedicated analyses. The student will spend a fraction of their time on technical tasks that are well aligned with Sussex’s institutional responsibility on the ATLAS trigger, and working in operations in the control room of the ATLAS detector at CERN. The student will also have the opportunity to be trained in world leading science communication and outreach, specialising in Open Science and Open Data, and have the opportunity to develop and implement innovative international outreach programmes. 

Applicants must hold, or expect to hold, at least a UK upper second class degree (or non-UK equivalent qualification) in Physics, or a closely-related area, or else a lower second class degree followed by a relevant Master's degree.

This award is open to UK and International students.

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 support grant for three and a half years of £1,650 per year for travel and conferences.
• If you are not a UK national, nor an EU national with UK settled/pre-settled status, you will need to apply for a student study visa before admission


Apply through the University of Sussex on-line system.
Select the PhD in Physics, with an entry date of September 2022.
In the Finance & Fees section, state that you wish to be considered for studentship no. EPP/STFC/05/2021
We advise early application as the position will be filled as soon as a suitable applicant can be found.
Due to the high volume of applications received, you may only hear from us if your application is successful.
For more details about the project, please contact Dr Kate Shaw:
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:
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